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Pros & Cons: Exterior Siding Options

If your siding is showing signs of water damage, mold or rotting, or if you’re just ready for a new look, it’s time to consider your options. The upside is, your siding choice will be a major improvement to your home's appearance. But it won’t be an easy decision—that’s the downside. There are many siding alternatives, and each comes with its own set of pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know about exterior siding options:

VINYL SIDING

Vinyl siding is the most popular choice for today’s homeowners—and it’s no surprise why. Economical and durable, vinyl packs a punch on practicality, without giving an inch on aesthetics.

Pros: Available in a wide variety of colors and textures; lightweight and easy to install, even over existing siding; water-repellent and virtually maintenance-free, requiring only periodic cleaning; fade-resistant colors.

Cons: Seams may be noticeable unless you select extra-long panels, which are not available from all vinyl siding providers.

WOOD SIDING

Undeniably charming, natural wood siding adds warmth and beauty to a home.

Pros: Comes in many species and grades; easy to cut and install, even by reasonably skilled DIYers; good-looking material that adds architectural interest; environmentally friendly options.

Cons: Can be pricey; requires diligent maintenance, and reapplication of finishes every few years.

ENGINEERED WOOD SIDING

An eco-friendly alternative to natural wood, engineered wood siding is made of wood fibers and exterior-grade resins.

Pros: Available in a variety of colors and textures, including wood look-alikes; durable, even in extreme weather conditions; impervious to insects; comes ready-to-paint, primed or with factory finishes; half the cost of real wood siding.

Cons: May require frequent painting; possible moisture issues that could affect durability.

FIBER CEMENT SIDING

Fiber cement is made from a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand.

Pros: Available in finished or painted options; can be molded to mimic wood clapboard, shingles, stucco and masonry; fire-resistant; termite-proof; rot-resistant; environmentally friendly; low-maintenance.

Cons: Heavy and difficult to install; possible moisture problems with incorrect installation.

If new vinyl siding is in your future, Champion has you covered. Beautiful, durable, and guaranteed for life, all of our siding options are virtually maintenance-free. They’ll keep your home looking its best with vibrant, fade-resistant colors, and protect and insulate your home year-round.

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