From Renee Rutledge on July 18, 2011 in Siding
With temperatures that range from swelteringly hot in the summer to frigidly cold come winter, Maryland homes require above-average siding. But if you can’t afford brick or natural stone, what are your budget-friendly siding types for Maryland?
There are two types of afffordable siding that also carry their weight in durability: vinyl and fiber cement siding. Nearly indestructable, these siding materials require a bit of maintenance throughout the years, but they’re champions when it comes to resisting storm winds, rot, insects and moisture.
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Here’s what you need to know about installing vinyl or fiber cement siding in Maryland.
Vinyl siding seems to last forever. It began as a substitute for aluminum siding in the late 1950s, and surprise, surprise: some of that siding still exists today.
But because of vinyl siding’s tendency to fade and crack, it has had a tough time competing with wood.
Vinyl has come a long way, however, and today’s chemical makeup and installation techniques have improved substantially. In fact, vinyl siding is now a more durable material to improve your homes appearance.
To manufacture it, color pigments are mixed with PVC resin, creating even shades that permeate the vinyl. If the surface of the siding becomes scratched for any reason, the color stays the same.
Maintaining the appearance of vinyl siding is as easy as an occasional wash using a garden hose and cloth if necessary.
Should extreme weather cause damage to the siding, it can be repaired by replacing the panels with the same color. This should be done by licensed contractors, and if possible, the same ones who installed the siding in the first place.
Todays vinyl siding can withstand winds of up to 160 miles per hour or more, and resist moisture and changes in temperature. Insulated vinyl siding reduces noise, and positive results can be seen in lower heating and cooling costs.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding has been used for a long time. Since the 1980s, cellulose fibers have replaced traditional asbestos fibers, making cement siding a safe and sound choice for home improvement.
Cement siding requires very little maintenance once installed, and the thicker versions are more impact-resistant than thinner products. The siding is non-combustible and can withstand hurricane-strength winds up to 160 miles per hour.
Termites and other wood damaging pests have no interest in cement siding, and, as with vinyl siding, painting the exterior of the home is no longer needed since the colors are mixed into the material during processing. The home retains a reliable, long-lasting appearance.
Cement siding is an excellent insulator on its own merit, but with the benefit of added insulation, home heating and cooling costs are lowered even more when the siding has been installed.
Also, the right choice of siding color can reduce or increase the absorption of the suns rays, depending on whether the home is in a warmer or cooler area.
Fiber cement and vinyl sidings are available in a variety of styles and colors that will add charm and appeal to any home. Older homes are rejuvenated with the installation of either of these low-cost and durable sidings.
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