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Brick Siding vs Nordic White Wood Siding

Installing the right siding is an important decision for any homeowner. The material you choose defines the look of your home and also work towards protecting your home all year round.

Siparila Nordic Wood Siding

Trees grow slowly in the Scandinavian soil due to the cold climate, which produces solid trees with tight growth rings and a straight grain. This makes the wood stronger, lighter and more durable than others. At Siparila, we only use the finest Finnish Nordic Whitewood for our siding and combined with our patented Siparila Topcoat to reinforce its natural durability.

Brick Siding 

Homes built with brick siding are meant to last well over a century, and as such are considerably more expensive. Traditional bricks are made from natural clay but there is the option to include reclaimed bricks or made from recycled materials. Although brick is permanent and can’t be replaced with new siding.

Durability

Brick:

This is one of the many reasons why homeowners consider brick siding. In fact, the material can last 50-100 years or longer if maintained.

Brick siding can withstand debris and hail, which makes it a great choice for regions prone to severe weather. However, brick does not hold up well against water damage. This is because the effectiveness of brick siding is largely due to the quality of the masons who built the siding. If done Improperly, your home will be at risk. Brick holds in moisture which breeds mould and mildew if not properly irrigated.

One way to ensure brick siding will protect your home against decay is to continue to clean and check for damage. Although the brick itself is durable, the mortar holding it together is not. When the mortar wears, it can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home and repairs must be made immediately. Repointing (repairing the mortar) is an expensive and lengthy job.

One positive is that brick is a relatively low-maintenance material. It’s also a safe choice. Not only can brick withstand debris, but can prevent the spread of fire to other rooms.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Siparila only uses wood from Finland’s boreal forests where its climate promotes the growth of dense, straight-grained wood. Two attributes that make it a top-grade building material. Siparila also stands above the competition by offering thick siding profiles to increase durability.

Wood is prone to water and insect damage, and Nordic Whitewood is not immune. However, our patented Siparila Topcoat reinforces the wood’s strength and resilience. This process involves treating the fresh wood in a moisture, air, temperature-controlled facility. The siding is then primed after it is milled, which allows the coating to seep deep into the pores of the wood for better protection. Lastly, the wood is treated in our facility with a proprietary paint application that gives it a sleek finish. You will also notice that the fasteners are hidden which makes it even more durable.

Styles

Brick:

Compared to the other siding, brick has the most limited variety of styles. Textually, they are similar, but the tone of the bricks will vary depending on where you live and the colour of clay available.

The brick’s colour will not fade and the tone will last forever. However, it’s almost impossible to change your siding once it is installed.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Wood is one of the most common building materials for siding, and for good reason. Wood has withstood the test of time in terms of style and functionality, but don’t be fooled by imitators. The look of our Nordic wood siding is exceptional and sure to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Siparila Nordic wood siding is when it comes in a variety of widths, sizes and colours for you to choose from. Our wood siding is stained, painted and made to order. This means the panels are delivered without the need for further treatments making them ideal for any construction or renovation project. Also, the siding can be installed either horizontally or vertically.

Cost

Brick:

Brick’s biggest downside is the price; it’s heavy and expensive to produce, ship, and install. The cost is justified thanks to brick’s long-term durability, but homeowners should be ready for a large initial investment.

Brick is a terrific insulator that will keep your home cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. This can translate into sizable savings on utility costs. Cleaning brick is also straightforward and inexpensive but repairing your wall will be a much bigger ordeal. If you were to sustain damage along the outside of your wall, repair costs will be high.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

As with any wood product, wear and tear is bound to occur and should be considered when installing siding. Siparila offers warranty on all our products for 70 years (from the date of purchase), plus an additional 15-year warranty on the Topcoat paint against peeling, blistering and cracking.

One benefit to Siparila’s wood siding is its ease of installation. They are equipped with industry standard joints and come in one long length which will reduce your labour costs. In the long term, however, homeowners must paint, stain or varnish their wood in order to protect its structural integrity. Without this, the siding will warp or rot.

The upside to having Birch whitewood siding is that they can be very efficiently repaired. If you sustain damage along one panel, that panel can be easily swapped out without any additional work to be done. Repairs can be completed quickly and inexpensively if caught early on.

Environmental Sustainability

Brick:

The vast majority of brick is made from clay. The production of clay takes a large amount of energy, but this is off set by the energy savings of a brick siding. Brick is also easily repurposed and reused for a number of applications. So if your home was to be torn down, the brick would not go to waste. The most sustainable aspect of brick, however, is that it will last a lifetime, overall there will be little effort and materials that go into maintaining or replacing a brick siding, which makes it a green choice.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Wood is the very definition of biodegradable. Even when wood siding ends up in a landfill they decompose quickly into a compost-like substance. Siparila only uses PEFC-certified wood to maintain ethical forest stewardship, which means that the trees are harvested sustainably with consideration to the fragility of the forest’s ecosystem.

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