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Wood Vs. Vinyl Siding

If you want to really make your property stand out, you should consider adding siding to the walls. Siding, in place of stucco or brick, will not only change the style of you building, but it will also contribute to the insulation and energy efficiency of your property. Of course, when it comes to style and efficiency, the material that you choose for your siding is very important. Wood and vinyl are two of the most popular siding materials for residential construction. There are a few differences between these two products that you want to take into account before upgrading your siding.

Wood Siding

The best thing about wood siding is the way that it looks. The look of wood siding is highly desirable, and not just for people who want a rustic cabin look. Wood siding also comes in very modern styles and colors so it can be used in all types of construction. Most people will prefer a wood siding material that show the raw wood surface, complete with wood grains and texture. You can buy raw siding that comes without any paint or stain. You can apply your own custom clear stain or solid paint job. These products are best for homeowners who cannot find a color that fits their color.

Although wood is usually considered to be the most stylish, it does require more maintenance that other siding materials. First of all, wood needs to have a protective finish. Over time, the sealant on wood will fade and wear off. This means that wood siding needs to be refinished every few years. The frequency of how often you need to refinish wood depends on your climate, wood species and exposure to the sun. Basically, you need to be vigilant if you have wood siding and make sure it is always sealed and protected from the elements.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is definitely the best choice for homeowners who want a no-nonsense, low maintenance material. Vinyl is waterproof and, unlike wood, does not need any special treatment, staining or sealant. This is a huge factor if you don't want to worry about regularly maintaining your siding. Vinyl siding is made in a plethora of styles and colors. While most people choose subtle colors and earth tones, you can also find elaborately detailed printed vinyl. Printed vinyl siding products have faux-wood finishes that look quite similar to the real thing.

This might be the best option if you can't decide between wood and vinyl siding. To learn more about siding options, contact Sure-Fire Contracting Inc.