Most MN homes have siding that needs to be replaced eventually. The two most popular options in home siding today are vinyl and cement fiber. Vinyl siding is hugely popular because it is low maintenance, long-lasting, durable, good-looking, and affordable. Unlike wood siding, vinyl siding won’t rot or need painting, and it is one of the least expensive materials on the market. A new option in vinyl siding is insulated vinyl, which offers low maintenance and attractive appearance as well as the added benefit of thermal insulation to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
However, if you are looking for the top of the line in residential siding material, fiber cement board siding should be your first choice. It has great thermal properties, and is far more durable than vinyl. James Hardie cement boards are made from a cement fiber material that is imprinted with the natural look of wood, so nobody but you and your installer will know the difference. As you can imagine, cement is much stronger than vinyl. It can stand up to flying debris and high winds much better than vinyl, and it will not fade or dent, either. Because the boards are engineered to fit together, the wind cannot get behind it. You’ll appreciate this after a heavy wind storm when your neighbors are scouring the area for pieces of their siding and trim.
Often when only a section of vinyl siding needs to be replaced, matching the color is a problem, because over time the exterior color finish on fades. That’s not the case with fiber cement siding, because the color runs all the way through the material so there is no fading. Repairs to this type of siding are rare as well. Fiber cement siding may cost more up front, but in the long run when you compare the overall cost, you’ll find that it may actually be cheaper. It’s designed to last far longer than other siding materials, and in fact it may outlast the homeowner.
Once you understand just how durable and cost efficient cement board siding really is, the decision will be much easier. Call Iron River Construction to find out about the best siding choice for you and your home. 952-442-1762