Vinyl Siding VS. Wood

Vinyl Siding VS. Wood

With so many siding options out there many people wonder why almost everyone is going with vinyl siding. There are many features and benefits in changing to vinyl siding over wood siding. Some of the features and benefits may not even be things people think about when picking new siding. To help with your next siding project here are some tips on picking out the right siding for your home.

When choosing siding that will go well with your home it’s a good rule to keep in mind what kind of look you are going for.
When going for a more of a cabin or lake house look, wood grain cedar will give you that rustic feel.
A brushed finish will give a home that modern sleek look.
To make a house really stand out a decorative trim and accents, work well to make the house more distinguished.

No matter what style siding you decide to use, you need to keep in mind what lies behind the siding is the most important thing for energy efficiency, mold protection, and water protection.
Siding with the foam backing built on to the siding make the siding more durable, more energy efficient, and helps keep moisture out.  It is also great for home owners that live by high traffic or noisy areas because the built in foam backing absorbs that noise and keeps the peace and quiet in your home.
A weather resistant barrier is a must especially in Michigan. These barriers help keep the rain and any other moisture out of the wood that the siding protects. It also has the great benefit of being a mold and mildew barrier to help keep your family healthy.

Although wood siding is beautiful on a home, there are some issues that are driving people to vinyl siding. Wood is very high maintenance and below are some of the reasons why.
Most wood siding needs to be painted every 2-3 years in Michigan because of the rough weather.
Termites and other bugs destroy the wood siding and because of that it has to be treated often to keep those pest out.
Other critters such as woodpeckers, squirrels, and chipmunks love to chew on wood siding making it hard to keep that wood siding looking great.

There are many benefits to vinyl siding that make it easy for home owners to make the decision to go with vinyl. A few of them are listed below.
Virtually maintenance free
Bugs resistant
Other critters such as woodpeckers, squirrels, and chipmunks will leave vinyl alone.
No painting! Painting wood siding gets costly when having to do it every couple years to keep up that sharp look.
You can get that same wood look with vinyl siding and much more.

To keep that same look of when your new vinyl siding was put on your home you want to make sure that you find a siding that is resistant to fade. If you buy dark blue siding without a doubt you want it to be that same blue in 5 or 10 years.

No matter what siding you decide to put on your house the most important thing is to have the right people to do the job. You could spend a lot of time finding that perfect siding  and have it all ruined by not being installed right.

As the leading Grand Rapids Siding contractor, Montell Construction takes a great deal of pride in understanding what your goals are before recommending a solution that is tailored to achieve your goal. Please contact a Montell Construction representative to answer any questions you may have or to schedule a Free- No Obligation Estimate. 616-805-4968. Thank you and stay tuned for more information.

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