Brick Siding vs Wood Siding

May 15, 2017

Home is your sanctuary. You are a reflection in the way its designed whether it be purple plush sofa pillows or antique armoires. While considerable attention is spent on the inside, why should the exterior be an afterthought?

Your home’s siding serves a purpose beyond its appearance; siding is your home’s first line of defence against the elements, whether it be weather or bugs. Many believe brick siding is the safest bet because of its likely uniform with most homes on your street. However, there are a few downsides to using brick siding in comparison to opting for the wood alternative. Siparila Topcoat wood siding is tremendously durable when standing up to harsh weather and comes in a variety of styles so you are free to express yourself on the outside of your home too. To provide a better perspective, here’s a comparison of brick siding vs wood siding so you can make an informed decision.

Brick Siding

Pros: The benefits of brick siding lie in its weather-resistance, low maintenance and being an eco-friendly building material. Brick, made from a mixture of clay and shale (some of the most abundant material on earth), is extremely durable in all seasons and is actually fire-resistant. The durability is of brick veneer siding means it retains its colour and will never rot, while also never requiring a paint job.

Cons: There is one big downside – cost. Brick is more expensive than other sidings with a 2,500-square-foot costing around six to seven percent more than vinyl siding. Plus, there’s a limited variety of colours and styles. The grout of the brick siding will also require periodic maintenance.

There is also the risk that the brick siding is not built properly, which can lead to water damage.

Wood Siding

Pros: Wood is the most environmentally friendly siding you can install. Not only is Siparila Topcoat wood siding sustainably sourced, but is also an excellent insulator which lowers your energy costs. In fact, wood actually produces more energy than it consumes: brick produces nearly 100 kg/m² of CO² during the manufacturing process, while would binds to CO² and is only released when it’s burned. Wood siding is also easy to install using tongue and grooves which slide into place to form a smooth, water-resistant finish. Siparila Topcoat is also primed on all four sides so the panels are protected against rot and mold, even on the backside of the panel. Siparila Topcoat Siding has also thick layer of paint which protects the wood against UV-rays and impurities in the air and water. Not only the paint but also the profile of the panels protects the wood. Siparila Siding has secret fastening. This means that there are no nail heads on top of the siding which makes the siding more durable and aesthetic.  Wood siding also comes in a variety of colours so you’re sure to find the style you’re looking for.

Cons: Wood, like any organic material, is prone to rot if it doesn’t have a topcoat. It’s also prone to damage from termites and other insects if the wood is not properly treated. That’s why your wood siding should never touch the soil and ensure the topcoat is of the highest quality as well as the material. Also, make sure that all the tongue and groove panels are tightly installed.

 

If you’re interested in using wood siding in your next home exterior renovation, give Siparila a call today at 1-800-268-5095 (Ontario), 1-800-361-0180 (Quebec), or browse our wood siding products here.