Vinyl or Composite Siding: Which Is Right for You?

Consider switching to a different siding material if it’s up for replacement this year. Rapid Roofing takes a closer look at two of today’s most popular siding materials: vinyl and composite siding.

Vinyl or Composite Siding: Which Is Right for You?

Vinyl Siding

Many homeowners choose vinyl siding because it balances cost, function and aesthetics. Insulated vinyl siding can help enhance your home’s exterior insulation and minimize heat leaks. Without proper insulation, your HVAC system would consume more energy to compensate for heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer. It comes in a variety of shapes and textures, from traditional lap siding to board-and-batten styles.

The greatest benefit of having vinyl siding is its low-maintenance requirements. You only need a garden hose to clean it and maybe a sponge to get to those hard-to-reach areas. Vinyl siding colors are applied during the manufacturing process, which eliminates the need for painting it after vinyl siding installation as well as subsequent scraping and repainting. In addition to being extremely convenient, you also get to save on the repainting costs.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding like the products offered by James Hardie® is another siding option you should consider. Sometimes referred to as composite siding, fiber cement is made of sand, cement and wood fibers. The resulting material offers several unique benefits, such as exceptional durability, a longer life span and inherent insulation. James Hardie fiber cement siding also features their exclusive HardieZone® technology. This ensures that when you buy James Hardie products through a Michigan siding contractor like us, you’re getting one designed for our local climate.

Like vinyl siding, fiber cement siding also requires almost no maintenance. The factory-applied finishes are baked-on and available in custom colors if you have a specific color palette in mind. And thanks to its denser structure, it has a more realistic wood grain that makes it the perfect material for homes that require the rustic look of wood siding.

To learn more about what our siding installation service can do for your home, call Rapid Roofing today at (734) 234-5900. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve Canton, MI, and the surrounding areas.