Wood siding can be very beautiful to the eye, and it is durable. It takes a variety of finishes well and may come with fire-retarding treatments. However, maintaining this type of siding can be time-consuming and expensive. It needs to be treated regularly and may need to be painted every five years. Wood siding can rot when there is extensive contact with water or if the siding is not installed or maintained properly. Wood can attract insects such as termites, carpenter ants, and other pests. Once insect damage occurs, damaged siding has to be replaced, and the rest of the home has to be treated. There are some siding alternatives that may be a better choice than wood siding.
Everlast Composite Siding has a realistic wood grain texture even though it does not contain any wood fibers; people routinely mistake it for wood clapboard. It is an economical siding option. Everlast Composite Siding is colored through and will never need painting unless a homeowner decides to change the color of their home. Sixty percent of the content of the siding is stone. It will never rot since it does not absorb water.
Fiber cement siding is available in imprinted designs that imitate woodgrain. It is made up of cement, cellulose, and sand. It can be painted, thus giving a lot of design choices to homeowners. It will not rot or dry like wood. Fiber cement has high structural strength and does not warp or crack in high temperature areas. It is resistant to pests, unlike wood siding. Fiber cement siding is less costly than wood. It does need to be rinsed off periodically with a garden hose. Painting may be needed every ten to fifteen years after installation, unlike Everlast that doesn't ever. Fiber cement siding is more difficult to install since special tools are needed in order to cut the siding. This increases installation costs since more labor is required to install it properly.
Wood siding provides a unique look. However, it is expensive and must be maintained on a regular basis in order for it to last for a long time. It will eventually need to be replaced. Fiber cement siding is durable, but it may be more expensive to have installed than some other materials. Everlast Composite Siding is an option that is affordable and very durable. It is one of the best wood siding alternatives available.