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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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There's More to Siding Than Just Aluminum

by Edwin Johnston

When people picture siding, they often think of the traditional and often cheapest material, aluminum. There are a lot more options on the market than just lightweight metal. Let's take a look at some of those and what their pros and cons are, too.

Vinyl

If one material has emerged to replace aluminum as the dominant cheap and light option, it's vinyl. It offers excellent durability, and it's available in a wide range of colors. Maintenance should require not much more than pressure washing the exterior of your house. There are also versions of vinyl siding that are designed to create the appearance of other products on this list.

One downside to using vinyl is that it's not ideal for regions that get extreme weather. It can warp under extreme cold or heat, and it isn't fully waterproof enough to prevent problems in high-humidity regions.

Brick

Yes, there is siding that's made from brick materials. The main upside is that it can last for over 100 years without much maintenance. It's also bug-proof, making it an ideal choice in regions where infestations are a problem. The main downside to brick as a siding material is that it requires mortar joints that can degrade and will have to be repaired.

Wood

Just as wood provides a natural and elegant appearance as a flooring material, it is also used by siding services contractors. Color options are limited, though, and stains have to be redone every few years. As you might imagine, it's considered suboptimal in areas where fire threats are an annual problem.

Fiber Cement

This is a material that's usually designed to look like wood. It is created by mixing wood, sand, and cement, giving it a better fire rating. Fiber cement siding is an excellent choice for folks who want a wood look but live in high-salt or -humidity regions that encourage rot. The color doesn't run deep, though, and that means chips can become apparent.

Metal Composites

Manufacturers are aware that old-school metal siding has been desperately in need of an update. Newer metal materials are often composited with other products to create a sandwich-style structure. This provides excellent insulation value, and it can add durability. The major downside with metal is that it is metal. Poor installation methods can encourage rusting. Although improvements in materials have reduced denting issues, dents remain a problem, too. Some metals, like steel, might be too heavy for some applications.

If you'd like to learn more about siding, contact local siding services. 

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