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Raleigh Siding: Article About Deciding Between Vinyl and Fiber-cement Siding

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Homeowners may not see much difference between siding selections from afar, but each material has unique characteristics with benefits and drawbacks. Choosing Raleigh siding requires researching the various materials available. Vinyl and fiber-cement siding are often contrasted with one another to see which works best for specific properties.

Created from wood fibers, sand and cement, fiber-cement siding looks a lot like basic wood clapboard. Fiber-cement is relatively thick and heavy, requiring strong walls for installation. Contractors must evaluate the home for structural integrity before installation. If the fiber-cement siding cannot be supported, vinyl siding could take its place. Vinyl is perfect for lightweight applications with its narrow construction. Homeowners must heed contractors' advice about weight issues because safety and longevity are compromised otherwise.

Generally, fiber-cement siding is more expensive than vinyl. The specialized fiber-cement materials must be mixed and formed at the manufacturer's facility. Vinyl has a simpler manufacturing process, requiring fewer materials. There's even reduced costs for vinyl upkeep. Fiber-cement siding must have a sealing process applied to it each year to keep gaps and cracks from getting larger. As the material expands and contracts, fiber-cement requires caulking to keep its seamless look strong.

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Although fiber-cement siding is thicker, vinyl tends to have a better track record with durability. When fiber-cement siding isn't painted and caulked appropriately, water can seep into the material. Rot, mildew and mold start to eat away at the siding and exterior wall. Vinyl is almost impenetrable, allowing water to bead off the surface for many years. Homeowners with fiber-cement as their favorite siding choice can always be diligent with care to avoid any moisture infiltration.

Siding is not meant to be an insulator, so most homeowners simply line exterior walls with insulation when the area is exposed during projects. Fiber-cement siding doesn't act like an insulator, but simply stops weathering elements from harming the home. To help the home's heating and cooling bill, homeowners may want to try insulated vinyl. Padded foam or other material coats half of the vinyl siding. From the exterior, the insulation is not visible. The padding rests against the home's exterior wall to form another barrier against cold and heat.

Although they require differing paint types, both vinyl and fiber-cement materials can be updated with color as the owner sees fit. Even if homeowners have pre-painted fiber-cement, it's still a canvas to color as time fades the color away. Regardless of the material selection, the property will have a protective layer for many years.

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