Metal delivers one of the most durable siding products on the market, outperforming vinyl and many other siding alternatives in many ways. Metal siding can withstand virtually any weather condition, including hail storms, heavy rain or snowfall, fire, and gale-force winds.
Metal siding has impressive energy-efficient properties. Steel siding is often coated with cool-paint technology that reflects the sun’s radiant heat away from your home. This helps stabilize indoor temperatures – especially during the summer. And when steel siding is placed over a thick blanket of insulation, your home is even more protected from air penetration.
Metal is incredibly easy to maintain.
Steel is highly resistant to warping, fading, cracking, and chipping.
HARDIE PLANK SIDING
It lasts, comes in a wide variety of textures and colors, and it’s affordable. Most hardie board siding comes with a 50-year, limited transferable warranty. This siding is completely rot and insect resistant and can even handle salt spray from the ocean.
Hardie board siding can be made to mimic just about any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and wood shake siding. Color options are virtually unlimited. These colors are accompanied by a 15 year warranty on the finish.
Hardie board siding is 90 percent sand and cement which makes it fire-resistant.
Storm Resistant cement board siding is a proven commodity in the weather department.
Vinyl siding, insulated siding, and polypropylene siding are the only claddings certified to international standards and verified by an independent quality control agency. Vinyl siding products do not fade. There are more than 400 products certified for color retention. All certified products will withstand extreme weather events such as winds of 110 mph. Vinyl will weather the effects of our hottest summer days, coldest winter nights, and torrential rains. Vinyl will lie flat on the wall and not buckle, withstand impact and meet manufacturers’ advertised specifications for length, width, thickness, and glass.
Vinyl siding, insulated siding, and polypropylene siding are part-and-parcel of a weather resistant wall envelope; these claddings are hung on the wall assembly, creating a de facto drainage plane and vented clear airspace. In certain climate zones, this eliminates the need for an additional vapor barrier. Polymer-based sidings do not absorb water.
Cedar is a low-density softwood, meaning that it has an open cell structure, unlike many siding materials. This makes it a light wood that is easy for construction, as well as making it a terrific insulator. Because of the density, less heat is transported through the wood, keeping heat from escaping in the winter and the cool air from escaping in the summer. Similarly, as it reduces heat flow, it creates a natural acoustic barrier. Cedar is also a sustainable, durable wood, whether painted, treated or left untreated.