However, your choice of siding on your home, as an informed home owner, can make a big difference is several key ways. If you have wood or Masonite siding on your home now, you already know that both are poor protection against moisture penetration.
Your Siding Choice Can:
- Help Stop Fire from Spreading
- Reduce Your Insurance Bill
- Help Keep Rodents Out
- Make Your Home Worth More
- Make Your Home Last Longer
What’s Wrong With Wood Siding?
Wood and Masonite, left un-painted or allowed to wear down below the primer coat, will allow moisture into the pores of the siding. For wood, this means mold and mildew will start growing (health hazards as well as being unsightly) and rot will start to set up shop. Pretty soon, termites are going to find that nice toasty warm and wet environment they love and will start to build their colony.
If it is Masonite, well…you’ve seen a wet newspaper, right? Masonite is paper based and it really sounded like a good idea…30 years ago! We’ve seen a lot of homes where you can literally poke your finger right through the siding. In fact, squirrels, possum and other rodent can get into your walls and attic very quickly and thy will, a-hem, start to colonize up there as well.
So let’s just say that wood and Masonite are just not products you are going to choose knowing the outcome. Who wants to replace siding AGAIN in about 10 years or so?
So, Just Brick It All In?
What you really need is something hard and durable. You know, like rock. How many of you have poked a finger right through concrete or have seen a squirrel nibbling away as a concrete block wall? Hey, we are not recommending that you convert all your siding to brick or stone. That would be nice but, costly.
Let’s take a moment and discuss cement and specifically, fiber cement siding.
The Answer is Fiber Cement Siding!
Just like your patio, sidewalk and doorstep, fiber cement siding contains fine sand, cement and contains a proprietary mix of fibers mixed in and extruded out of a massive machine. The machine even has texture implements that imprint and simulate the wood grain as well as scalloped siding, stucco and cedar plank siding. In fact, so closely copied you can hardly tell them apart.
The fiber cement plant manufactures the siding and trim to be extremely uniform in width and thickness (wood has more variations) and, importantly, density. The end product is harder than wood, rot resistant and even helps prevent the spread of fire which means you are:
- Adding Impact Resistance
- Preventing Insect and Rodent Entry
- Extending the Life and Value of your Home
- Stopping Fire from Spreading
- AND…Getting an Insurance Discount!
A Word About Fiber Cement Installation
Finally, the last piece of the siding puzzle is installation. Afterall, your siding (or any other product) needs to be installed correctly if you want it to stay put! The warranty can also be voided if an untrained installer puts it on wrong.
That’s why our free estimate will include all materials and all labor. We’ve got the trained professional installation crews to put it on so it stays on! Besides, you have better things to do with your weekends than to attempt a siding installation!
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