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Vinyl 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.

Vinyl  Siding

Vinyl siding is the most popular choice for homeowners, in fact, more thirty percent of new homes have it. The quality varies by thickness, which determines the level of weather protection of the vinyl. Thicker vinyl like 55-guage siding is expensive but is the only comparable material to wood. Although it is durable, vinyl is more susceptible to the elements than wood.

Durability

Vinyl:

Vinyl siding is a practical choice for homeowners. If you purchase a thick and high quality material, a 55-guage siding could last up to 40 years. However, vinyl is a relatively high-maintenance material. It requires seasonal power washes, and to be repainted every 8-10 years. If not, grime can cause an accumulation of water which can rot. Vinyl is also not as rigid as other materials and can easily be dented.

Unfortunately, vinyl does not stand up well against extreme cold and heat. The vinyl siding becomes brittle in sustained dry cold and can cause the siding to crack. In extreme heat, vinyl is prone to melting.  These damages go beyond just the siding of your home, they can lead to serious structural and framing damage.

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

Vinyl:

In the past, one of the main reasons people stayed away from vinyl was because it was as visually appealing as other materials such as wood and brick. However, in the past few years, the industry has made tremendous strides in improving the aesthetic appeal of vinyl. Vinyl panels now better mimic the look of wood. Most vinyl sidings now don’t have seams, which creates the illusion of wood. Compared to other materials, homeowners have the most selection of style and colour with vinyl.

Vinyl siding is shipped fully painted with the colour seeped in. This means that the colour is long-lasting and unlike painted sidings will not crack. The only downside is that the colour is not just on the surface of the vinyl siding, the colour you choose is permanent and cannot be repainted.

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

Vinyl:

One of the biggest benefits of vinyl is its affordability. However, the cost of vinyl varies greatly on the thickness you choose. For example, lesser quality 40-guage siding can be inexpensive but lasts half as long compared to a higher gauge siding. Thickness matters, and if you live in an area prone to severe weather it would be impractical install thin siding.

Regular vinyl siding is a poor insulator meaning your home will cost more to heat. This effect could be mitigated with heavy duty insulation in the wall cavity before the siding is installed. Alternatively, you can insulate the vinyl panels themselves, but this method is not as effective. Ultimately, the downfall with vinyl is that your utility costs will be higher over time, and compared to materials like birch wood or aluminum.

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

Vinyl:

Vinyl is not environmentally friendly because it’s made from synthetic material. The manufacturing of vinyl siding is also harmful because PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is the main component and dioxin is released into the air. Also, post-consumer vinyl ends up being burned in a landfill.

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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