The siding you install on the exterior of your home serves a higher purpose than simply improving its appearance. Siding is your home’s first line of defense against the elements and where you live will determine how much of a beating it takes over the course of the year. So when you’re purchasing siding, make an informed decision based on cost, durability and appearance. For example, vinyl is a popular siding because it’s affordable and looks similar to wood, however it cracks when exposed to prolonged cold weather; while wood siding is extremely durable, it tends to be more expensive. To help you make the best decision for your next exterior home renovation, here’s some pros and cons of vinyl siding and wood siding.
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding material in North America with 33 per cent of all homes built in 2012 using this versatile material, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is because the greatest benefit of vinyl siding is that it can be installed quickly and inexpensively – making it a contractor’s dream. Wood on the other hand is a bit more expensive. Vinyl siding doesn’t require painting on-site, which means fewer delays in installation due to weather.
Nowadays installation of wood siding is also fast and easy. Siparila Topcoat wood siding comes ready-painted and doesn’t need any maintenance for the next 15 years. Also wood siding comes in a variety of colors and styles, which can be installed both diagonally and horizontally. Siparila Topcoat also has the added benefit of coming in one long length. This speeds up the installation process and reduces waste.
Despite vinyl siding being available in a wide range of colors, it’s prone to fading. It’s also not watertight, which can cause your home to suffer water damage after a heavy rainstorm. This is especially troublesome for those installing vinyl siding in Canada, where storms in the spring and summertime can roll in suddenly. These rainstorms are only made worse by the inconvenient truth that vinyl siding is extremely prone to cracking in hot-cold temperature fluctuations over the course of the year. That’s why vinyl siding is often spun as a “supplemental rain screen” and that the underlying weather-resistant barriers are what truly protects your home. However, the screen is also not watertight because it needs to breathe – therefore, it can lead to a leak in your home. Wood siding is extremely durable thanks to our groove and tongue fasteners, which allows you to simply lay one panel over another from top to bottom. This prevents the water to get through the siding. Siparila Topcoat also has hidden fastening which protects the wood from the water that may be damaged by leaking through the gap around nail heads. The wood itself is prone to decay, warping and damage from insects like termites. Siparila products are protected against this by painting all four sides in a climate controlled factory.
Wood is an energy-efficient material because it works as an extra layer of insulation, which will bring you significant savings in the cost of utilities. Using wood siding also decreases the emissions related to the building as a whole. Wood siding is a sustainable material which holds the CO2 in itself slowing down the climate change. Also manufacturing the wood siding actually produces more energy than it consumes. For example, brick produces CO2 emissions that are nearly 100 kg/m², while wood siding binds CO2 to itself 20 kg/m².
Wood siding’s elegance has withstood the test of time in providing a touch of elegance to a home’s exterior. That’s why vinyl siding manufacturers try so hard to replicate the appearance of wood. There is just something about wood on a home that puts us at peace, like being with a close friend, perhaps because humans have used wood as a building material for millennia.