More Beauty, More Brawn: Types of Exterior Siding

Construction and Maintenance

When it comes to home improvement, it can sometimes be challenging to find a project that beautifies your home, protects and strengthens it, and increases property value—all at the same time. Adding or replacing your exterior siding is one such project. The natural visual appeal of siding is one that has lasted in the United States for hundreds of years; you quite often see siding on old historic homes throughout our country. However, the siding industry has come a long way since the days of our founding fathers. It now comes in a variety of materials, colors, sizes, and shapes. In addition, modern technology has allowed some types of siding to be specifically engineered for the type of climate the property resides in. Specifically, James Hardie has produced modern siding for over 5 million homes in the U.S. James Hardie siding in Boise produces fiber cement siding. This material is quite different than, and superior to, wood or vinyl siding.

Wood is a commonly used material for siding because of its fairly inexpensive price point; many homeowners appreciate the rustic flare it can give the exterior. Typically, cedar is the type of wood used for wood siding, though redwood, spruce, and fir are also used. However, wood has a tendency to decay over time, which means repairs or total replacements will be inevitable. You may find yourself spending above and beyond what you could have simply making a better investment in more permanent siding materials. Due to our unique Idaho weather, fiber cement James Hardie siding in Boise area homes is a far better choice than wood siding.

Vinyl is another commonly found type of siding, though not as popular as its wood counterpart. The sturdiness and longevity of vinyl siding depends a great deal on the thickness of the vinyl used. It is thought that typically, the thicker the vinyl is, the longer it will hold up against the exterior elements. Vinyl planks that get cracked can be swapped out without having to redo an entire section of siding, and it will never require you to paint or stain it, like wood will. However, vinyl is ultimately made from plastic. Plastic by its very nature may not be able to withstand heavy wind, snow, rain, or ice. It can get dented, crack, or even melt in extreme summer heat. With James Hardie siding in Boise, you can avoid the problems of vinyl with sturdy and reliable fiber cement.