Exterior Siding & Cladding
Whether you call it siding or cladding, the exterior covering of
your home is an important element.
Siding or cladding is a design covering that offers some protective
elements. It is NOT designed to act as a waterproof barrier. It
does however, protect the waterproof barrier that lies between it
and the sheathing or wall framing underneath.
Choosing a siding therefore has both an appearance attribute and
a protective one. It's functional performance in each depends upon:
- Suitability for the house design
- Suitability for the environment
- Inherent properties
- Care and maintenance
You can invest in the most expensive, eye pleasing siding possible,
but if it is not installed and maintained correctly, it can quickly
become an eyesore and lead to structural problems. When renovating
or remodeling a home, and considering residing, you have a number
Replace with the same or updated version of the same material.
Change the look of the home completely with a new type of siding
/ cladding material.
Types of Siding / Cladding
There are many choices in composition, size, style and color.
Some are factory finished while others are finished on site:
The Best Siding / Cladding For You
Factors that most influence which material is best for your home
- Architectural compatibility
- Product quality
- Maintenance requirements
- Ability to repair-replace damage
- Local environmental conditions
- Cost – the difference between the cost of the siding
material needs to be incorporated into the total cost of material,
installation and maintenance.
Cladding can be applied to different types of structures ranging
from timber to concrete.
Protective Attributes of Siding
Siding protects the house control barriers against the elements
and pests. It helps prevent moisture penetration and the growth
of biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites and bacteria.
Biological contaminants - have been known to
cause allergic, respiratory, and other health problems in humans.
Climatic considerations - rain, snow and frost
are the moisture concerns. If rain, snow or frost get behind the
siding, the moisture makes the wall sheathing soft, degrading the
strength of the entire house frame.
Pest considerations - common pests that may reside
behind poor or inappropriate siding are:
Dust mites - a common allergy concern. Carpenter ants and termites
- eat away at the framework, undermining the strength of a wooden
Comparative Cost Of Siding
The following cost indications [USD] are indicative estimates only
for single storey dwellings. Please contact your local professionals
to confirm costs for your project. Be wary of any estimates +/-
25% of these figures.
|Siding | SqFt
|Economy Vinyl w/o Soffits:
|High Quality Vinyl w/o Soffits:
|Fiber Cement w/Painting:
|Lap Cedar w/Painting:
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