When it comes to siding your home, there are basically three options to choose from. The first and oldest is wood. People choose wood for its beauty but wood must be maintained properly to keep it looking good and prevent decay. Wood has to be sealed and/or painted at regular intervals and is easily neglected. Professional paint jobs are an ongoing expense that must be figured into the overall cost of wood if that is your choice.
The next option is vinyl siding. Vinyl siding has been around for quite some time now and has been steadily improving from when it was first introduced. The brand we use is made by Mastic which is the largest manufacturer of vinyl siding in the country. Mastic has a broad selection of colors and styles to choose from including the Structure panel that comes with foam insulation attached to the back side and gives it incredible strength and rigidity. All Mastic siding products add a certain amount of energy efficiency to your home, and with rising utility costs, should be closely considered. Another big advantage of Mastic siding is the low maintenance. Once you install Mastic vinyl siding on your home, you no longer need to budget for those costly paint jobs every three to five years, saving you money and peace of mind.
Fiber Cement Siding
The last option is cement fiberboard, and when it comes to this type, the James Hardie family of products are unequaled. They are the innovators of fiber cement siding and they’re the most popular and recognizable brand. Do not settle for the cheap imitators here. You get what you pay for with James Hardie products. They offer both the Primed and the Color Plus which is what I recommend. The Color Plus siding has twenty colors to choose from and has a factory baked on enamel finish that is guaranteed for 15 years. James Hardie siding has the best cost vs. value and can actually increase the value of your home.