Is your home in need of new siding, but you're unsure of the type of siding that you are going to replace it with? If so, it will help to know the differences between these four popular types of siding replacement material.
Traditional vinyl siding is going to have a wood grain pattern on the front with pieces simulate the look of overlapping material. The back of the material is hollow though, so it won't be as solid as other types of siding and will be more prone to damage. Many homeowners love vinyl siding because it comes in many different styles and colors. If you want a certain color of vinyl siding to complement your home, chances are that you can get it.
Vinyl siding's biggest advantage for homeowners is that the material is one of the most affordable types of siding material out there. If you are on a budget, you certainly can't go wrong with selecting vinyl siding.
The next step up from vinyl siding is insulated vinyl siding. As the name implies, it has a layer of insulation on the back of the material so it is not hollow like traditional vinyl siding. The foam insulation also gives the material a bit more stability and durability. This can help the material actually resist damage that is caused by hail, since it is less likely to go through the siding material.
What makes composite siding unique is that it is made out of several different materials, with manufacturers creating their composite siding in different ways. It can be a combination of plastic and wood pulp to create a material that is going to be very strong and durable. The composite material can also be painted, and gives off the look of wood siding with the artificial grain pattern that goes on top of it. Composite material is nailed directly into your home and has a more difficult installation process than vinyl siding.
Fiber cement siding is a solid piece of siding material that is made out of a combination of primarily cement and sand. It provides many benefits to a home, such as fire protection and a high end look. It can be painted after being installed on a home, and has quite a long lifespan if cared for over the years. Be aware that the installation of fiber cement siding can be more difficult than other materials, and will be reflected in the cost.