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Comparing Vinyl & Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement from James HardieWhen it comes to replacing your home’s siding, there are so many options it can often become overwhelming. How can you possibly know which material is right for your home when there are so many on the market? While there are plenty of options out there, they’re not all made equal, and it’s important to do your research and find the option that is right for your home’s exterior. To help you get started, our team has put together a guide comparing two of the most popular siding materials in North America, and our companies two most installed options, vinyl siding, and fiber cement. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences and advantages of both options, keep reading below for more information!

Aesthetics

When it comes to aesthetics, both options are fantastic in their own right. James Hardie boosts a truly enormous selection of color options, ensuring that no matter what your home’s exterior color scheme is, you’ll be able to find the perfect option for your home.

However, while fiber cement is available in a wide array of options, vinyl siding is North America’s most widely manufactured siding material, which means it is available in an unmatched amount of color & style options. At the end of the day, whichever siding option you choose will be available in a wide variety of color and style choices, meaning you really can’t go wrong with either option.

Pricing

If you’re looking to replace your home’s siding on a budget, vinyl siding is going to be the best material for the job. One of the major benefits of vinyl siding’s long-run as North America’s most popular siding material is that it is now widely-manufactured, helping to lower the cost of production. Vinyl siding is considerably cheaper to install than fiber cement. However, it is important to note that if you intend to live in your home from decades to come, fiber cement is often the better option, despite it’s higher installation cost. Vinyl siding is inexpensive to install, but it wears down faster, and if you want a siding option that stands the test of time, fiber cement tends to be the better choice, which can make it the cheaper option in the long run.

Durability

Another important factor to consider when comparing siding options is which material offers more durability. Here, the comparison is relatively close. While fiber cement’s major drawback is that it is known to absorb water if not sealed properly, vinyl siding is completely impervious to absorbing water. It can still mildew, and it is important to keep clean, but it doesn’t deteriorate from water damage in the same way that fiber cement does. Fiber cement in general is a durable option that is capable of withstanding nearly anything Mother Nature has to throw its way.

Vinyl siding is immune to rot damage, but that doesn’t mean it is the most durable option on the market. It can be damaged from blunt force, which means if you have any kids in the yard playing baseball, you may want to consider another option. Overall, both options are quite durable, and you can’t go wrong with either.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s siding replacement options, our team at Doing It Right is ready to assist! We have a wide selection of both vinyl & fiber cement replacement options to choose from, ensuring that we can find the perfect option for your home’s exterior. You can reach out to our team today by giving us a call at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs!

Benefits of Cedar Impressions Siding Shingles

When it comes to siding options, not all materials are made equal. You could elect to install the most popular siding material in North America, vinyl siding. You could also install beautiful new fiber cement siding, known for its durability, and aesthetics. However, there is one siding material that will improve your home’s curb appeal more than anything else, all without sacrificing your siding’s ability to keep your home well protected; Composite Cedar Impressions siding shingles. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of Cedar Impressions, keep reading below for more information!

Beauty

The first benefit of Cedar Impressions shingles are that they provide your home with truly unmatched curb appeal. Wooden siding is a timeless style, but it comes with maintenance issues that prevent more homeowners from using it. However, Cedar Impressions provides all of the beauty of traditional wood without the hassle. Available in a wide array of colors, Cedar Impressions are sure to boost your home’s curb appeal. Furthermore, you can also get Cedar Impressions shingles in a variety of different styles, including shake & sawmill, ensuring that no matter what style you’re looking for, our team has the perfect siding solution for your home!

Durability

In addition to the beauty of Cedar Impressions, they also offer nearly unmatched durability. Cedar Impressions are made of a highly durable polymer, meaning they are immune to many of the maintenance & structural issues that often arise when using traditional wooden siding.

Cedar Impressions is designed to withstand any inclement weather and damage, including mold, mildew, and moisture, but they are also capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds.

Maintenance-Free

When you use real wood for your siding, the exposure to the elements will eventually cause the materials to wear down. Cedar Impressions, on the other hand, are completely maintenance-free. Cedar Impressions will never need to be painted, and while they may need to be occasionally cleaned or sealed, that’s the most maintenance you will ever need to perform on your home’s siding. If you’re looking for a siding material that you can install and forget, Cedar Impressions is a great option!

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s polymer cedar siding shingle installation services, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! You can reach out to our team to by giving us a call at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement sidingWhile vinyl siding has long been the standard of the North American siding industry, there is another option that has been gaining in popularity over the last few decades, fiber cement siding. For homeowners looking to install a less conventional siding material on their homes, fiber cement siding presents a welcome alternative. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of fiber cement siding, keep reading below for more information!

Longer Lifespan

One of the primary reasons homeowners like to install fiber cement siding on their homes is that it provides a much longer lifespan than vinyl siding. Vinyl siding generally lasts for roughly 20-30 years, but fiber cement siding has the potential to last much longer. Well-maintained fiber cement can last upwards of 50 years, meaning that for many homeowners, once you’ve resided your home once, it’s possible that you’ll never need to replace it. If you’re looking for a siding material that lasts decades, fiber cement is a great option.

Aesthetics

Another reason that homeowners love fiber cement siding is for the aesthetic benefits that it provides. Fiber Cement is widely manufactured, making it available in a wide variety of color and design options. If you’re looking for a siding material that will boost your home’s curb appeal and resale value, fiber cement is a fantastic choice. Fiber cement can be designed to mimic the texture of nearly any other siding material on the market, including cedarwood. This makes it a great option to provide your home with both durability and beauty!

Durability

Speaking of its durability, fiber cement is far stronger than traditional vinyl siding, making it the perfect option for those in need of a siding material that can withstand a variety of different weather conditions. As most Pennslyvania homeowners know, we experience a bit of every kind of weather in the Mid-Atlantic, from blizzards to sweltering heat & humidity, to the occasional tropical storm! If you’re in search of a siding material that can withstand anything Mother Nature has to throw at it, Fiber Cement siding is a fantastic option. It is built to withstand high winds, fire, offers resistance to rot, humidity, and nearly anything else that your home is exposed to. Particularly in a climate like Pittsburgh that provides so much variety, fiber cement is a fantastic option to handle any weather that comes your way!

Contact Us Today

If you need to replace your home’s siding this fall, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to us today to learn more about our James Hardie Fiber Cement installation services, as well as our vinyl siding installations. If you’re interested in learning more about our services, give us a call at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

Signs You Need New Siding

It is no secret that your exterior siding will ultimately be a victim of the same threat that it’s meant to fend off. Siding wears out, break, cracks and ages. The deterioration will cause it to leak and not perform as it’s designed and cause damage that has the potential to be costly. While siding replacement may not be on your to-do list, you may need one, nonetheless. What are the signs that indicate that you need new siding? Here are some of the signs that you should look out for.

Cracked or Loose Siding

When large sections of your home’s siding reveal signs of cracking or several pieces are loose, there might be a problem that requires professional work. Just one or two pieces of loose siding or cracked is no reason for immediate concern, and you may be able to remove and replace those pieces. It’s important to remember to assess the layers underneath broken or cracked siding for additional damage that needs to be addressed.

Rot

Rot is a sign that your siding is no longer able to perform at an optimal level and protect your home. Rot can spread across the exterior, leaving you with only one choice-replacing the entire siding. You can use a screwdriver to tap on small areas of the siding to uncover weak spots that are experiencing dry rot that destroys the underlayer of your siding.

 Peeling Paint/Wallpaper

Peeling paint or wallpaper may not jump out as a clear sign that you need new siding. However, this is an indicator of faulty siding, where moisture has seeped through and into your home and damage the interior walls. Moisture is a problem that you do not want in your home.

 Fungus, Mold, or Mildew

Near the seams of your siding, in particular, you may notice fungus, mold or mildew. This is a sign that water has penetrated the siding and is trapped inside the wall and is slowly released and has the potential to cause any of the mentioned growths. These growths also tend to be on the shaded sections of siding that are typical to foster moisture. At his point, your siding is no longer doing its job.

If you need a siding replacement, Doing It Right has you covered with guaranteed consistent workmanship and accountability and top quality service bar none. At Doing It Right, your project and satisfaction are priority number one.