What Siding Material Works Best in Kansas?

Wednesday, July 8 2015 11:17 PM

Having siding installed on your home is a big investment that can pay dividends in the future. With all the materials of siding available, however, how do you know you’re choosing the best material able to withstand the extremes of Kansas weather?

Choosing the right siding for your home is based on a range of factors. When exposed to harsh weather conditions, siding is prone to cracking, loosening and fading which can be expensive to repair. The high winds, prolonged heat, rain, hail and snow in Kansas can damage any siding, but here is a guide to help you make the best decision on which siding material to choose.

Vinyl Siding

Upside to Vinyl Siding

  • Lower price than other siding materials.
  • Little or no maintenance – cleans easily with water.
  • Will never need to be painted.
  • Won’t warp or twist.
  • Won’t show nicks or scratches because the color runs all the way through.
  • Lightweight and can be installed over existing materials in many cases.

Downside to Vinyl Siding

  • Can fracture, rattle, melt and burn.
  • Looks like wood from a distance, but has a plastic look up close.
  • Ends of the panels must be overlapped, creating noticeable seams unless you order more expensive longer panels that reduce the amount of seams.

Fiber Cement Siding

Upside to Fiber Cement Siding

  • Looks like wood and is priced similarly to vinyl.
  • Fire-resistant, termite-proof and won’t rot.
  • Factory coatings last longer.
  • Easy to paint, and is often offered with factory finishes.
  • Resists expanding and contracting with changes weather.

Downside to Fiber Cement Siding

  • Heavy and installation can cost more than other materials.
  • Must be refinished from time to time.
  • Prone to water damage if paint is allowed to degrade.
  • Retrofits involves removing old siding, adding to the overall cost.

Wood Siding

Upside to Wood Siding

  • Resistant to impact.
  • Attractive material prized for its natural beauty.
  • Uniform in appearance, gives a smooth and consistent look.
  • Can be cut into different shapes for interesting designs.
  • With proper maintenance, can last decades.

Downside to Wood Siding

  • Expensive for better grades of wood.
  • Can warp, twist and burn and susceptible to rot and insects.
  • Regular maintenance adds to cost.
  • Retrofitting requires removing existing siding.

Stucco Siding

Upside to Stucco Siding

  • Extremely durable siding material.
  • Pairs well with other siding materials.
  • Well-maintained stucco will last a lifetime.
  • Toners added make repainting unnecessary.
  • Low-maintenance – resistant to fire and insects.

Downside of Stucco Siding

  • Lots of prep work required before installation.
  • Manufacture linked to CO2 emissions.

Synthetic Stone Siding

Upside to Synthetic Stone Siding

  • Realistic look mimics stone types like granite and limestone.
  • Lightweight, so installation doesn’t require strengthening foundation footings.
  • Fire and insect-resistant.

Downside to Synthetic Siding

  • One of the more expensive options.
  • Doesn’t look exactly like real stone.
  • Not often used to cover entire houses, a popular choice as an accent.
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