First off we’d like to explain about exterior sidings. Exterior siding is a protective covering for a house. Siding can be made from many different materials, each of which has advantages and disadvantages. Siding is typically not installed directly on the studs; instead, it is attached over the top of an insulated vapor barrier material for additional protection from wind and humidity.
Vinyl siding was introduced in the early 1960s, but did not gain much attention until the 70s. Since 1986, its use has doubled, reaching 2.2 billion square feet in 1992. Siding is the second largest market for PVC resin, with 1 billion pounds used in 1992 by about about 20 manufacturers. While vinyl siding was initially sold almost exclusively for remodeling, today more than a third of vinyl siding is used in new construction.
There are many forms of exterior siding; the most popular are vinyl and aluminum siding. There are also several types made of natural wood and of fabricated wood pulp and pressed paper board. Even concrete can be used to form siding planks. Which type of siding you should choose depends on your budget, the look you want for your Utah house or, if not in Utah, for the climate you live in.
Each type of exterior siding has its own special qualities and advantages, as well as disadvantages. Vinyl siding is very light and easy to work with. The coloration is not on the surface, but is integrated in the material, and should never require painting. The typical lifespan of vinyl siding is quite long, usually in excess of 50 years. Metal siding–usually aluminum–is lightweight and is a good choice for renovating an older house that may not be able to bear the load of the heavier siding materials. It is also very inexpensive compared to other types of exterior siding. Wood and pressed fiber siding needs frequent repainting, but is heavy and durable and actually can improve the structural integrity of thin walls, especially in windy areas and areas that experience severe weather conditions. Concrete composite siding–a relative newcomer to the market–has many advantages. It is not susceptible to rot, is difficult to damage and is relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately, concrete siding is very heavy and requires special blades and techniques to cut properly.Contact Us for a Quote