Let’s look at the advantages of each material.
- Vinyl Siding– Vinyl has been a popular choice for siding since it was introduced in the 1950s, replacing aluminum as the “go to” siding material. Vinyl siding is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, which can be complemented by matching trim and accessories. It is also available in insulated versions to enhance the energy-saving performance. Vinyl siding is extremely low maintenance, never needing scraping, painting or staining. It won’t chip, flake or fade. Vinyl is an affordable, easy siding choice for most home styles.
- Fiber Cement Siding– Fiber cement siding is the fastest growing siding choice in America, with more than 4 million installations in the past decade. Fiber cement is composed of a mixture of cement and cellulose that hardens into solid, durable boards or shingles. It can be crafted and molded to look like wood boards or shingles, but will not rot and is impervious to insects and moisture. Fiber cement is also flame resistant.Remodeling magazine rates fiber cement siding as the #1 home improvement value in terms of return on investment.
- Cedar Siding– A traditional and elegant look, which suits many of the older homes in the Philadelphia area. Cedar is the most durable wood siding choice. Naturally reddish in color, cedar clapboards or shingles can also be painted or stained. Cedar siding requires more maintenance than some other siding choices, but the trade-off in natural beauty is well worth the effort.
Russell Roofing’s siding experts can provide more information on each of these siding materials and help you make the right choice for your home.