Many folks are looking for alternative siding products. But alternative to what? When we ask for alternatives, it's because our existing options are lacking in some way. Let's review the existing options by stating the biggest flaws with each:
Wood Siding (Cedar Clapboard or Shingles)
The biggest flaw with wood siding is it's necessity for continuous maintenance. In today's busy society the majority of homeowners don't have the time or money to spare maintaining their house. Those looking for an alternative to wood clapboard or cedar shingles are typically sick of painting, staining, or otherwise maintaining their siding.
The areas of greatest lack with vinyl siding are aesthetics and durability. Nobody is thrilled with the look of vinyl siding, but they settle for it as a means to an end. They're convinced it's a lower maintenance siding alternative then wood, and it is. However the sacrifice with vinyl siding is it's extremely plastic and flimsy appearance and performace. Beyond the loss of beauty, vinyl siding is more prone to chipping, fading, and cracking.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement was the best alternative available for some time. However, the major concern with fiber cement is it's propensity to absorb moisture, which causes delamination and peeling paint. Cement board siding relies heavily on a perfect installation with certain clearances. flashing, and sealants in specific areas. When installed poorly, even in isolated areas, Fiber cement siding tends to break down rather quickly. When installed perfectly fiber cement is far more durable then vinyl siding, however it still requires future maintenance.
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Author: Peter Martino