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Durability: Wood vs Vinyl vs Everlast Composite Siding

Wed, Sep 27, 2017
Durability is not only determined by how long a siding will last.  It is also determined by how resistant it is to pests, the weather, fire, and impact.  Here is a comparison between three siding types namely, wood, vinyl, and Everlast composite siding.

Wood Siding

This is considered a very beautiful siding Wood OSBthat can actually increase the value of any house it is installed on.  It is vulnerable, however, to pests that feed on cellulose.  Treating it with certain chemicals will keep these pests away while the chemical lasts.  After that it becomes vulnerable again.

Moisture is another weakness of wood.  It causes this organic product to rot.  Paint can make it resistant to water.  Repainting has to be done annually though to maintain this property.  Even then, certain areas remain vulnerable such as the parts of the siding in the vicinity of windows, eaves, and other similar areas.  This siding type is very vulnerable to fire.  It is a hazard during very hot weather.

Wood sidings can last really long, several decades at least, if it is properly cared for.  This means regularly inspecting it for damage so it can be repaired immediately, as well as painting or treating the wood every year or so and making sure that pests are kept away from it.

Vinyl Siding
Vinyl Siding
This type of siding is made of polyvinyl chloride.  It is more durable than wood even if the product itself is only several millimeters thick.  Because it is a petroleum-based product, insects and pests are not attracted to it in any way.

It has several vulnerabilities due to its composition.  The first is temperature extremes.  A really hot climate can cause it to warp or melt.  Extreme cold can make it brittle so that it cracks under slight pressure or impact.  Although it can resist fire, if the heat it is exposed to reaches a certain level, it may ignite.

In areas where storms are common, the wind speeds it is exposed to can rip it from the wall it is attached to.  This is because it is quite thin compared to wood or Everlast composite sidings.  Impact from hail can also dent this material.

In the right location, areas where the temperature and the weather is more or less constant, it can last a very long time, several decades at least.  In places where it is subject to such conditions, vinyl siding durability is greater than that of wood sidings.  Plus, it is inexpensive and easy to replace when damaged.

Everlast Composite Siding

This siding is made of a combination of Everlast Plankinorganic minerals, stone, and rigid resins.  The ratio is about 60% stone and inorganic minerals and 40% proprietary polymeric resin.  It is as thick as wood sidings.  Like vinyl, it is not susceptible to insects that feed on cellulose or subject to rot in the presence of moisture.

Its thickness makes it resistant to impact, be it hail or thrown objects.  Due to its stone and inorganic mineral content, it does not warp or melt in hot weather like vinyl.  It also does not become brittle during the cold winter months.  It can resist heat up to 430 C (806 F) so it does not ignite as easily as wood or vinyl.

Everlast composite siding is guaranteed by the manufacturer to last at least 50 years.  Between the three sidings compared, it is the most durable in different weather conditions.  It also needs the least maintenance in order to ensure that durability.

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