Choosing The Best Siding For Your Home – Siding Material Comparison 2017-02-26T00:45:27+00:00

Choosing The Best Siding For Your Home: A Siding Material Comparison

Siding Pros Of Idaho has been replacing and repairing siding for over 25 years, and we've seen first hand how every type of siding material performs. That's why we recommend James Hardie fiber cement siding. We'll install and repair any type of siding you choose, however, it's our professional opinion that James Hardie siding is superior in every way, and perfectly suited for the Boise climate.

Many homeowners understand the benefits of new siding, after all, it has the highest return on investment out of all other home improvement projects. There are no shortage of siding options, all of which have different costs, and their own set of pros and cons. So if you are wondering which type of siding is the best option for your home, you’ve come to the right place to learn about siding types and differences. 

Wood Composite Siding:
Composite wood siding is attractive, affordable, and easy to install. If your home was built in Boise, Meridian, or Nampa in the mid 2000’s, there is a very good chance that you’ve got a wood composite siding product with no moisture barrier or wrap underneath. Today, it is still a favorite siding material for new home builders who are looking to provide the biggest bang for the buck. Some of todays wood composite materials are engineered to resist moisture and bugs. Currently about 80% of the customers that call us for a siding replacement bid, have some type of wood composite, and unfortunately most of these homes were built less than 10 years ago. It is one of the most affordable siding materials, but it might cost more in the long run because it requires more maintenance than other siding types including painting or staining. Wood composite normally offers little fire, insect, or water damage resistance.

Aluminum Siding:
Aluminum has been a good option for homeowners that require a lower maintenance siding product. It is offered in many different sizes, textures, and colors. Aluminum siding is very durable and resistant to moisture, fire, and bugs. Some of the common complaints are fading color (even when pre-painted or finished) , noise, and the ugly dents and dings. It is also more difficult to perform custom trim work with aluminum siding. To combat the dents and dings, some aluminum siding products have a protective vinyl or plastic type of coating. Aluminum siding is moderately priced unless it is the coated variety, which tends to be much more expensive.

Vinyl Siding:
After aluminum, vinyl was sort of the next step in the evolution of a siding product that offered a low cost and low maintenance home exterior. You probably remember in the early 2000’s, vinyl was the new craze, everyone wanted it. Even though it is now less popular, vinyl is still commonly used today, and comes in many different styles, textures, and sizes. Vinyl requires very little maintenance, is affordable, moisture and insect resistant, but offers no fire resistance. Our most common siding repair calls are to repair vinyl cracking, warping, melting, or flapping (noise).

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding:
We saved the best for last (ok we are a little biased – James Hardie fiber cement is our favorite). Fiber cement offers the look of natural wood, is extremely low maintenance, and one of the most (if not THE most) durable siding products available today. We’ve seen the sledge hammer home show displays that try to show that other composite materials are stronger, but when tested in its intended environment (on a house), there is nothing better. It offers maximum fire, water, insect, and damage resistance. (see video below) It offers the highest return on investment of any other siding material, and is virtually maintenance free. The costs for fiber cement siding are typically higher than the other siding materials.

Features & Benefits

James Hardie Fiber Cement

Vinyl
Siding
Wood
Siding
OSB
Siding
Non-Combustible

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30-Year Warranty

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Rot Resistant

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Impervious to Termites

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Resistant to Warping/Shrinking

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X

   
Will Not Melt

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Highly Durable

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Weather Resistant

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Real Woodgrain Look and Feel

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Easily Painted

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Post-Purchase Satisfaction

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Backed by Good Housekeeping Seal

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