Alternatives to Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl Siding remains one of the most, if not the most, popular siding materials in the United States. It’s a cost-effective siding material that’s long-lasting and relatively easy to maintain. 

However, vinyl siding isn’t perfect. That’s the reason we offer vinyl alternatives. While being a more substantial upfront investment, vinyl siding alternatives have many advantages. Here are some alternative options to vinyl siding. 

James Hardie Siding

James Hardie siding, often referred to as Hardie board or fiber cement siding, is a building material known for its durability, versatility, and aesthetic appeal. Manufactured by the James Hardie Building Products company, this siding is composed of a mixture of cement, cellulose fibers, and other additives, creating a robust and weather-resistant cladding solution. One of its notable advantages is its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions, including extreme heat, cold, and moisture, making it an excellent choice for southeastern Pennsylvania.

It is resistant to pests, rot, and fire, contributing to its appeal as a low-maintenance and long-lasting siding option. With a reputation for quality and innovation, James Hardie siding has become a popular choice for those seeking a combination of durability and aesthetic appeal in their home exteriors.

James Hardie siding comes in a wide range of styles, textures, and colors, offering homeowners the flexibility to achieve the desired look for their homes, whether it be a classic, traditional, or contemporary design. Hardie board siding also comes with a 30-year warranty.

James Hardie Siding is our most popular alternative to vinyl due to its strength and durability. 

Cedar Siding

Cedar siding is an all-natural material that withstands the test of time. Cedar siding can be cedar planks or clapboards, or it can be cedar shingles or shakes. Cedar shingles give a very old world, storybook appearance, while cedar plans offer a more traditional siding appearance. Cedar siding can be left natural, treated, or painted for a unique look. 

Cedar has a pleasant odor that both protects it from insects and rot, due to the oils in the wood that act as a preservative. Cedar is known for its natural resistance to decay, insects, and moisture. This makes it a durable option for exterior siding. 

In addition, cedar siding is among the easiest siding to recycle. This renewable resource is both organic and can be recycled into landscaping material or as wood pellets for wood-burning stoves. 

Stone Siding

Stone siding is a durable and aesthetically pleasing option. Crafted from natural stone this siding offers a timeless and sophisticated appearance, adding a touch of elegance to a variety of architectural styles.

Whether it mimics the rugged charm of rustic cabins or imparts a sleek modern feel to contemporary homes, stone siding enhances curb appeal and contributes to a property’s overall value. Beyond its visual appeal, stone siding is renowned for its resilience, providing excellent protection against the elements and requiring minimal maintenance. The versatility of stone siding extends to a range of textures, colors, and patterns, allowing homeowners to customize their exteriors to suit their tastes and design preferences. 

Aluminum Siding

What’s the reason aluminum siding didn’t appear higher on our list? While, yes, you can choose aluminum siding over vinyl siding, it’s really a lesser product.  Aluminum siding is prone to denting and scratching, must be repainted, and can be noisy in wind and rain. In addition, aluminum siding lacks the insulating properties that can be obtained with insulated vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, or cedar siding.

Vinyl Siding Alternatives

If you have vinyl siding now and are looking for alternatives, James Hardie’s fiber cement siding has a 30-year warranty and is fire and pest-resistant. Traditional cedar siding is perfect for a historic home.  Stone, too, can be used to create a unique look that’s durable and long-lasting. Regardless of your choice, there’s a siding out there that will meet your needs.

Want advice on choosing the perfect siding for your home? Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation. 

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