There are many ways to decorate a home, from budget to very expensive, and each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, siding has held the leading position on the market for many years. It is used for cladding the facades of residential buildings, industrial buildings, warehouses, garages and more. Now on the building materials market, a huge number of varieties of siding have appeared, differing in the material of manufacture, color, and performance. But which siding is better? The answer to this question can be found in the article.
Which siding is better
What is siding, what are the features
The history of siding began about 200 years ago in the USA, where builders, when decorating a house, decided to fasten wooden boards not end-to-end with each other , but with an overlap. They thought that in this way they could improve the moisture-insulating properties of buildings, since water, flowing down the boards reinforced at a certain angle, would not fall on the walls of the house. Due to this, the damage caused to buildings by water was significantly reduced - it was the facing layer of the tree that took the main amount of the negative impact of natural forces. A little later, this finish became known as siding. And although the wooden material did not serve for long, it performed its main function - protecting the facade walls - perfectly.
Over time, people have learned to make siding from other materials that are more resistant to weather conditions, and therefore more durable. Products made of metal, cement, vinyl, acrylic have appeared.
The advantages of siding are given below.
Siding hides all façade imperfections
There are also types of this finishing material that mimic various materials - stone, brick, and so on.
Siding under the timber
Installation of vinyl siding
Several options for finishing the facade with siding
Siding panels for natural materials
Indeed, the question of whether siding, even the highest quality, burns out, is often asked by owners of private houses.
And yes, siding does become lighter when exposed to sunlight. Often people consider this to be the main drawback of the material, however, before judging the quality of the finish precisely by this indicator, you should figure out how the siding burns out.
Burnout of siding
High-quality siding always burns out gradually and evenly, this process is invisible to the eyes. The difference will be noticeable only if an extension is made to the house sheathed with siding after a few years and sheathed it with exactly the same siding. The first one will be lighter by several tones.
That is why it is recommended to immediately sheathe the entire structure completely, not to stretch this process for 1-2 seasons.
Wall cladding with siding
Note! High-quality siding made in Canada will begin to fade no earlier than 10 years after the start of operation, material from Russian manufacturers will be as bright as on the day of purchase for 5 years, and cheap low-quality material will lose its richness in a couple of years.
Why does siding fade differently? It's all about titanium dioxide, which is used in the siding production process. It's just that much more of this substance is used in the manufacture of high-quality material.
Another example of using low-quality siding
Now it's time to figure out what types of siding exist.
This will help you make the right choice of finishing material.
This is the most popular type of siding now. The panels are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and can be of various sizes, however, on average, the thickness of the material will vary from 0.96 to 1.2 mm, and the width - from 10 to 30 cm.
The length of each panel varies from 2 to 6 m ...
Features of Vinyl Siding
Advantages of PVC siding:
Parameters of different brands of vinyl siding
Note! One of the main advantages of vinyl siding is that it is able to imitate completely different finishing materials, be it stone, brick or wood.
Disadvantages of PVC siding:
Colors of Docke Blockhaus siding
This material is made on the basis of acrylic polymers (ASA). In terms of its performance characteristics, it is very similar to vinyl siding and has the same advantages plus a few additional ones:
The main disadvantage is the high price of the material.
Acrylic siding - a novelty in the field of materials for facade decoration
The house can be sheathed with metal siding, which is made of steel, aluminum, zinc. The length of the panels can reach 6 m, and the width - 12-30 cm. The manufacturing technology resembles the production of metal tiles. The most popular is the aluminum material, however, in comparison with other metal types, it is easily deformed and does not restore if damaged. Fortunately, it is coated with polymers or galvanized to protect it from rust.
Advantages of metal siding:
Disadvantages - the risk of corrosion in places of peeling of the protective coating, as well as loud noise during rain. Metal material is also more expensive than, for example, vinyl, which increases the cost of finishing the facade.
Metal siding can become a design element on any buildings and modular structures
As the name implies, such siding is made of wood. The main disadvantage is fragility at a fairly high price.
The material is susceptible to attack by woodworms and various parasites, mold or fungus can settle on it. Most often, wooden siding is used in suburban construction.
Attention! To reduce the risk of the above consequences, siding goes through a stage of high-quality drying during manufacture.
Wooden siding in house facades
Wooden siding although it is an environmentally friendly material, but not so often used for exterior decoration
This finishing material is made of sand, high-quality cement, cellulose fiber, due to which it is recognized as environmentally friendly. In appearance it is very similar to a decorative stone, it looks very natural and attractive.
Fiber cement panels are a real fashion trend today. Particularly popular are those facade panels that are made by analogy with Japanese
Note! In Russia, fiber cement siding is extremely rare, but in Europe it is very common and has been used for facades for more than 100 years.
Balnit Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding
The quality of the facade finishing and the appearance of the building largely depend on the choice of siding. Since all types of material have their advantages and disadvantages, it is important to correctly assess the operating conditions of the siding and many other factors so that the finish will serve for many years and please the eye, but does not require additional repair and restoration.
Step 1. The first step is to evaluate your financial capabilities and operating conditions of the material. This will largely determine what the siding should be made of.
The advantages and disadvantages of each type of material are written above. Note that the most durable is acrylic / vinyl siding, and the least is wood.
Types of siding for facing the house
Step 2. It is necessary to choose the color of the panels and their texture. They must meet not only the wishes, but also the conditions of use.
It is best to give preference to light colors, as dark ones will get too hot in the sun. And they fade not so noticeably.
Note! If there is a desire and means to make the house exclusive, then you can directly contact the siding manufacturer and offer him to make siding with individual patterns and geometry according to the wishes of the customer.
Popular siding colors
Step 3. The quality of coloring of each panel should also be assessed.
Painting should be done on both sides, and the surface should be smooth, without roughness (if not textured). If there is paint only on the outside, this is an indicator of poor-quality siding.
Natural wood effect, natural wood effect series
Step 4. The cut thickness also deserves special attention panel of material, which should be the same throughout the cut. Otherwise, the panel may deform in hot weather.
Pay attention to the cut thickness of the panel
Step 5. The temperature resistance should also be evaluated. The larger the temperature range of the material, the better.
Permissible ambient temperature is also important
Problems with siding
Step 6. Choose a plastic and flexible enough material (we are not talking about wood or fiber cement).
When bending a corner, siding should bend, and not crumble or break.
Step 7. For a beginner who is going to independently assemble siding for the first time, you should pay attention to the ease of fastening the panels. Each type of material has its own recommendations for strengthening on the facade of the house. It is better to choose the one that is easiest to mount.
The cladding of the house with siding slightly resembles the decoration of the interior with plastic panels
Step 8. In order not to redo the siding in a couple of years, it is better to opt for the most durable and high-quality material.
How to choose the right siding for the house
Step 9. You should ask the seller for fire safety certificates.
Sample Fire Safety Certificate
Great value when choosing a siding has a manufacturer.
The fact is that the service life, and the quality of the material, its strength, the rate of fading and much more will depend on this.
Table. Foreign manufacturers of siding panels.
|Variform|| An American brand that stands out for the quality of its products. Market tested.
|Mitten|| Canadian siding with a wide variety of colors. Very expensive but proven material.
|Gentek|| High Canadian quality. The main competitor of the previous firm.
|Royal|| Polish brand, but very expensive in comparison with domestic brands.
Usually, this siding is bought only because of the wide variety of colors, but in terms of quality it can be replaced with domestically produced material.
|Vytec|| Another Canadian siding company. Durable and high quality, but, like other imported materials, expensive.
|Vox|| Belarusian siding, which is often positioned as Belgian. Nice stuff.
Prices for metal siding Grand-Line
Table. Russian manufacturers of siding panels.
|Docke|| Perhaps the most popular in Russia. The production plant is located in Moscow. Often offered as German by sellers, but this is not the case.
It is inconvenient to install, and components often deteriorate in the sun.
|"Nordside"|| Siding from St. Petersburg. Very high quality material at a reasonable price.
|Fine Ber|| Novosibirsk firm.
Too complicated to install, which is why it is not popular. But the price is quite high.
|Tecos|| Siding from Tver. Often introduced as Belgian. The price is high, but the quality is excellent.
|"Alta-Profile"|| Quality material from Moscow. A small selection of colors, fades quickly, but is easy to use.
Fastening siding to a wooden house
In order to cladding a wooden house vinyl or metal siding was performed with the highest quality, at the same time with the panels they acquire additional elements that are required for finishing window and doorways, gables, slopes. Read more in this article.
It is best to choose siding that is produced not just by a well-known company, but one that has been in demand for many years and has won the trust of buyers.
As a rule, the quality of such manufacturers is as high as possible, since reputation is very important for them. And it is easier to solve some organizational issues with them. Moreover, if suddenly a decision is made to make an extension to the house in the future, siding of the same type will be easier to find than bought from a one-day company.
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