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Siding Options: Vinyl Vs. Fiber Cement

You’ve finally decided, it’s time to replace the siding on your home! The current installation has been looking old many years ago plus you’re beginning to see water damage from a storm on the inside of your home.

Yes, you’re ready to invest in new siding for your home, but have you chosen the type of siding yet? You’re in between two options: Vinyl and fiber cement siding, but are not sure which one is right for you.

Let’s learn about these two types of siding and their benefits!

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the most common siding used for homes in the United States. Begging as a substitute for aluminum siding, vinyl siding was first introduced in the late 1950s. Vinyl siding is a polymer material made out of a mixture between ethylene gas and chlorine.

Vinyl siding comes with many advantages including:

●        Low Maintenance: Due to the chemical makeup and design of vinyl siding, maintenance is, by far, the easiest of all types of siding. Cleaning vinyl siding is as simple as spraying it down with a garden hose.

●        Durable: Vinyl is created to withstand the elements like thunderstorms and some hurricanes. Vinyl can also last over 25 years since its rot and is corrosion-resistant.

●        Affordable: The material and chemicals used to make vinyl siding aren’t difficult to come by, resulting in overall cheaper siding solutions. Another factor playing into vinyl’s affordability is its light weight, making it easier to install--therefore less expensive.

Although, there are some cons to vinyl siding. They are not as durable as most other side styles as they are easily damaged during certain strong storms along with a lack of insulation and toxin issues from their material.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is the tank of all siding styles. Made out of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers (trees mulch), Fiber cement offer one of the highest quality siding styles with plenty of benefits including:

●        Long Life: When you install fiber cement siding, you may very well never have to install siding again in your entire life! Get over 50 years of quality siding life when you install fiber cement siding.

●        Highly Resistant: Since Fiber Cement is made out of such material, it is mostly weather-resistant, fire-resistant, as well as rot and warp-resistant!

The one big setback associated with fiber cement is its high cost. Since fiber cement is made out of such strong material, it is quite heavy, which makes installation a bit more difficult and expensive.

Call on Sea Island Residential for Your Siding Project

When you need to tackle your siding, or any other exterior project such as your roof or gutters, call on Sea Island Residential!

Schedule an inspection online or give us a call at 843-593-3049 today!

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