When you decide to make a major home renovation to your house, it can be hard to choose on the exact type of siding you’d like to incorporate – whether you are considering traditional vinyl siding, more old-fashioned wood siding, or something completely different such as a James Hardie brand siding, which incorporates a little bit of both worlds to create a completely unique siding product!
In general, going with a premium siding such as James Hardie is overall better for your home and it’s future health and exterior performance.
There are many negatives to installing vinyl siding on your home’s exterior, such as:
- Vinyl siding has a tendency to melt and/or burn when exposed to any significant source of heat or flame – which can lead to major incidents that are easily avoidable
- Vinyl siding can’t be painted, and the color that you decide on initially has a high tendency to fade and look older and worn down over time. This can make it difficult to prepare for matching other aspects of your home’s exterior to your siding, such as shutters.
- Vinyl siding is very weak compared to a hybrid siding, and can become very brittle and fragile when exposed to weather extremes. There are plenty of cases of vinyl siding being damaged by hail, strong winds, and other aspects that your home is generally exposed to on a constant basis.
- Vinyl siding, even at its most premium form, is generally only 5/100″ thick. This contributes to the fragility of the product.
While vinyl siding is generally a lot more inexpensive and easier on your budget, the pay-offs that are included such as these negatives tend to cost more in the long run, especially if you own your home or plan on owning it in the future.
Another aspect of siding that many don’t realize is how the siding itself will react to the environment, climate, and various situation that your home is located in.
If you want to pursue another alternative siding, such as wood-based siding, there are also many negatives that happen to come into consideration as well, including:
- Wood siding can rot when exposed to moisture, this is one of the most common issues with wood siding that leads to replacement being needed.
- Wood siding, when exposed to levels of moisture, also tends to shrink, swell, and crack, which severely impacts both the look and the actual performance of the siding as well.
- Wood siding is also one of the most vulnerable siding choices to various pests and the exterior environment – squirrels, rats, mice, and plenty of other pests love to chew through wood siding in order to make themselves a comfy nest within your walls.
In general, one of the biggest factors to include when deciding on a great siding product is not only where your home is located, but the companies that are around to take on the work.
There are, unfortunately, plenty of home contracting companies who aren’t certified or experienced to work with a variety of siding choices, and may make mistakes or cause costly errors in the future during the installation process.
It’s absolutely vital that you take the time to do a proper vetting process of the contracting company you decide upon. Be sure to check that they have their proper certifications and insurance, and that they are competent and qualified to perform the work on your home.
Blue Ridge Exteriors, a home-siding contractor that is based out of Richmond, Virginia, says to look for a few certifications in general to help decide if a contractor is up to par for your exterior siding installation task, including:
- Being an Elite Preferred Contractor within the James Hardie Contractor Alliance
- Being certified with the Better Business Bureau
- Being an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
And there are plenty more “specific” certifications that may apply to your situation that you’d want to look into.