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What Siding Is Best for My Home Exterior?

When it comes to siding, vinyl siding has reigned supreme for many years. However, fiber cement and engineered siding are both gaining traction. With so many options, it can be challenging to know which siding is best. Accordingly, the answer depends on a few factors. Watergate Roofing installs all three types of siding, and we discuss the differences and similarities of each here.

What Siding Is Best for My Home Exterior?

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has ruled home exteriors for over 20 years. Primarily produced from PVC plastic, the material expands and contracts according to varying temperatures. One of the biggest perks of vinyl siding is its plethora of design shapes and colors. You can easily use the material on any home to create its desired look.

Vinyl planks may be the most familiar, but the material also comes as shingles and panels, including Dutch lap, clapboard, and board and batten. The design and style can mimic wood or even cedar shake. 

In terms of thickness, vinyl is thin and doesn’t insulate well on its own. However, you can opt for an insulated version, which protects your home from temperature changes in either direction. Therefore, insulated vinyl improves the home’s energy efficiency. Moreover, it’s a lightweight product, which means it costs less to transport it. Together, these factors make vinyl siding an eco-friendly option. 

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement has been used for decades. It costs half as much as wood, and it’s incredibly durable. In fact, its durability is probably its greatest strength, which it gets from its mixture of cement, cellulose, sand, and other materials. Additionally, it’s resistant to inclement weather, insects, rot, and fire. All of these factors mean fiber cement siding is virtually maintenance-free.

In terms of style and aesthetics, manufacturers can form fiber cement into various patterns and textures. They also cure it to remove moisture, prevent warping, and prepare it for paint. While it doesn’t offer as many options as vinyl, it still delivers a good selection. 

Engineered Wood

Like fiber cement, engineered wood is very durable. Manufacturers use natural wood fibers and resin to produce the final product and protect it against rot and termites. The engineering process reduces flaws, creates an authentic wood appearance, and makes it an affordable option.

Like fiber cement, engineered wood siding is also half the cost of natural wood. 

Engineered wood is considered environmentally friendly in that it spares trees and forest clearing. 

Watergate Roofing Is Ready When You Are

Watergate Roofing serves Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, and more. As a woman-owned, local business, we provide roofing and siding services for residential and commercial customers. Choose your siding, and we’ll take care of the rest. Request an online quote or give us a call at (317) 80-ROOFS.