Siding products are built to run two ways—vertically and horizontally. Horizontal siding, also known as lap siding, are basically clapboards overlapping each other as they work their way up an exterior wall to protect against wind and rain. Horizontal lap siding is one of the top—if not the most popular—siding styles in existence.
Wood Siding: Lumber prices change depending on the year and region, but on average, you can expect to pay anywhere between $6,500 and $9,000 for a 1,250-square-foot home. The price varies based on the materials used as well.
Vinyl Siding: Vinyl siding costs anywhere from $1 to $7 per square foot, depending on the material used and the cost of installation.
Fiber Cement Siding: Slightly more expensive than vinyl, fiber cement rings in at approximately $4.50 to $9 per square foot, give or take the cost of installation and materials used.
Although all three siding options will hold up with the proper care, fiber cement siding may be the most durable choice with an expected life of 50 years or more. Wood siding, on the other hand, can be easily affected by water or insect damage. Vinyl falls somewhere in between the two, with thicker materials lasting longer than thinner materials.
Since fiber cement and vinyl are both synthetic materials, they require very little maintenance. Wood siding, however, should be routinely inspected for damage and refinished every five years or so.
Pine, redwood and cedar are the most common.
Yes, fiber cement is porous enough to hold paint very well. Better yet, it doesn’t need to be primed.
Insulated vinyl is a great option for making a home energy efficient. The back of each siding board is filled with rigid foam insulation that brings the product flush with the exterior of the house when installed. This can reduce energy usage up to 20 percent, making it an Energy Star certified product.
Wood was the siding of choice for early settlers and is still popular for new home construction. Vinyl, however, came onto the market in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, and after overcoming manufacturing problems, became a leader in siding materials. As far as fiber goes, Europe may have actually been using fiber cement for almost 100 years, but America is still new to this siding material. It continues to grow in popularity as homeowners discover all of its benefits.
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