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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.
Trees grow slowly in the Scandinavian soil due to the cold climate, which results in solid trees with tight growth rings and straight grains. 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.
Stucco has been a popular home building material for over 1,000 years. Today, stucco is still a common because it’s one of the most durable materials for siding, while also being easy to maintain.
Stucco is a mixture of cement, lime, and silica. This blend is then applied in several layers over a metal lath foundation. There are several variations to this method, and you should research and consult with a contractor on the ideal product.
A stucco siding is dense and holds up well against the elements. The durability of the stucco is dependent on the blend of materials used. For example, some modern stucco sidings are made from cement, sand and water which is considerably less durable than traditional stucco.
Another plus is that stucco siding requires very little maintenance, aside from a seasonal power wash. The material is also resistant to insects and decay. In the case of a fire, stucco siding is fire resistant, which adds an extra one-hour fire rating to a home. The siding is mostly unaffected by flying debris, but small chips and cracks can be easily repaired.
Stucco can handle moderate rainfall just fine, but the siding can leak water into the exterior walls when faced with a heavy downpour if not installed properly. The damage goes well beyond just the siding of your home, by going as far as affecting the home’s structural integrity. Also, determine whether the foundation of your home is prone to shifting. If so, this can be disastrous to stucco siding. Although, it is strong, stucco tends to crack when the foundation moves. This can be caused either by wet soil or minor earthquakes.
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 that 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.
Stucco is a common material used on Spanish homes and its style can easily be replicated on Canadian homes. Stucco siding can now be found anywhere as the texture, tone and colour can be mixed to the specific color you want.
People rave about the appearance of stucco and how it makes a home look complete. A common complaint is that no matter the variation of stucco sidings, it looks plain and flat which lacks the texture of other materials. Like vinyl, stucco siding is hard to paint over. This is because colour pigment is incorporated into the stucco mix before 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.
Installing a stucco siding is more expensive in comparison to other materials like vinyl. This is due to the process of making stucco siding, which requires installing several layers and the bulk of the costs will go towards labour.
Stucco siding is a terrific insulator that can minimize the cost of your utilities from month to month. For homes in warmer climates, stucco is breathable which means it works towards cooling your home.
There really is no material that is easier to main and repair then stucco. The only upkeep homeowners need to worry about is occasionally power washing of the siding. Even when the stucco siding is damaged, the cost of repair is low. Unlike other materials where whole panels need to be replaced, when a portion of stucco siding is damaged, the homeowners themselves can replace it themselves.
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 white wood 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 needed. Repairs can be completed quickly and inexpensively if caught early on.
Initially, stucco has a large environmental footprint because it takes a significant amount of resources to produce. This downside is offset by it not having to be frequently replaced or maintained. Unfortunately, like vinyl, stucco is not recyclable due to the high costs and usually ends up in landfills. Although the stucco itself is made from mostly natural elements, the foam and insulation that needs to be installed in congruence for the siding is harmful to the environment.
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.