a guide to siding in Iowa

If you’re thinking about giving the exterior of your home a facelift, you’ll soon discover all the different options for exterior siding materials. For some people, lots of options can lead to overwhelm, but fear not! This guide will walk you through the different materials, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of some materials.

Vinyl Siding:

The most popular material used today for siding is vinyl. It is relatively maintenance free, easy to install, and gives you endless possibilities for customizing your curb appeal. Vinyl siding comes in many different colors, textures, and shapes, so the look of your home is sure to be a show-stopper!

Advantages of vinyl siding:
  • Extremely durable, resistant to moisture and rot
  • Fade-resistant
  • Endless design choices

Maintenance for vinyl siding is relatively easy. Depending on your environment, you may need to wash the exterior of your home with high-pressure water every now and then to rinse away any dirt or debris that may build up over the years. Typically, if you have trees or wood near your home, like a privacy fence, you may want to wash those areas more frequently to discourage the growth of moss.

Fiber Cement Siding:

Fiber cement siding is a semi-rigid material that provides protection while also maintaining some flexibility. Fiber cement siding is made of Portland cement, (link on portland cement: https://www.britannica.com/technology/portland-cement) sand, water, and cellulose fibers. However, depending on the manufacturer, the formulaic makeup may differ for added durability and performance. Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of textures such as woodgrain, smooth and stucco finishes, as well as a range of prefinished color options.

Advantages of fiber cement siding:
  • Non-combustible and will not contribute fuel to a fire
  • Ability to withstand damage from moisture and rot, unlike wooden siding
  • Unappealing to termites and other pests
  • Variety of design choices

Maintaining fiber cement siding can be a little more maintenance than vinyl. Due to the nature of fiber cement, it is more prone to fading, chipping, and cracking. However, with new technological advances, some manufactures are able to combat these issues with their ingredients and long-lasting finishes.

Wood Siding:

Wood siding typically appeals to those looking for a unique or natural aesthetic. You will usually see wood siding on mid century modern homes, cabins, mountain homes, and even cottages. Wood siding is a fairly durable option, but it does require some maintenance to keep it looking and performing at its very best.

  • Unique curb appeal
  • Able to create completely custom shapes
  • Durable when maintained well

As for the upkeep on wood siding, it will need to be refinished with a clear protective coat every two to five years. In addition, semi-transparent stains should be reapplied about every three years. If you choose to paint wood siding, that can extend the lifespan of the finish to about five to seven years.

Siding lifespan, color and style options, and cost are all factors that need to be considered when selecting the perfect siding for your home. But at the end of the day, you should choose the type of siding that fits your budget and lifestyle.

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