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What is Composite Siding Made of?

Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Composite siding is a building material that is commonly used in the exterior of both homes and other building structures. This product serves to protect the interior of the structures from water, debris, and the elements. It comes in a variety of materials and textures and is often used as a means to give a home a certain aesthetic appearance. Its versatility allows it to be used in a wide range of decors and designs, making it the go-to material of choice for homeowners and contractors alike.

Composite siding can be made from a wide array of materials. Traditionally, scrap wood materials are used to manufacturer this product, such as pine and cedar, but it turns out to be more susceptible to damage stemming from rot and termites. More modern formulations, such as the one used with Everlast, are manufactured with the use of much more durable products that are more resilient to damage from the elements.

Fiber cement siding is a popular option.  It is made from a mix that includes cellulose fibers, cement, and sand. Fiber cement siding is not susceptible to insect damage or fire but doesn't hold up as well as non-wood composites when tested by the weather elements. Other downsides are that this product is heavy, which makes installation difficult, often has many surface irregularities, and is a poor thermal conductor, which may not be conducive to certain climates.

Oriented strand board, or OSB, is another common option. It is principally made from sawdust, with a bonding agent added in to give it strength. It reasonably resembles its wood counterparts but costs much less. The problem is OSB siding is extremely susceptible to water damage and tends to rot, swell and deliminate easily and very quickly.

Everlast Composite Siding

Everlast composite siding takes the best qualities from each of these but has none of their weaknesses. It offers an appealing wood-like appearance; but since it does not contain wood, it is not susceptible to insect or rot damage. It comes in a variety of colors, and will not need a touch-up, unless a different color is desired. Thick, interlocking planks guarantee easy installation and minimal chance of chipping or cracking. As with everything else, there are always options. Everlast composite siding offers the versatility of fiber cement and OSB but takes it a notch higher by offering a superior product that is sure to give any home that pride-of-ownership look and feel that makes a home the talk of the neighborhood.

Author: Emilio Bonilla

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