Vinyl Siding

Longest Lasting Siding Materials

Your home’s siding is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It offers a number of benefits for your home’s exterior, including protection from the elements & pests, curb appeal and resale value, and even insulation for your home’s exterior. It is also a major investment, which means every homeowner wants to get the most bang for their buck by installing a long-lasting siding material. That’s why our team has put together a blog examining which siding materials have the longest lifespans! Take a look below to learn more!

Vinyl Siding

To begin, let’s discuss the most popular siding material in North America, vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is renowned by homeowners and contractors alike for its durability, ease of installation, customization options, and economical price-point. But how long does it truly last?

Simply put, there is a reason that vinyl siding has become so popular; it lasts a long time! Budget vinyl siding has the tendency to fail relatively quickly, and on the low end, you can expect vinyl siding to last for 20 or 30 years. However, if you install a quality product and keep up with necessary maintenance, it is conceivable that your siding can last upwards of a half-century. This option is very durable and has a well-deserved reputation.

Fiber Cement

Next up, we have an option that has become increasingly popular over the last few decades; fiber cement. This siding material is beautiful, and many homeowners love the wide array of style and color options it provides. But the real question is how long does fiber cement siding last?

Homeowners will be happy to know that it is, at worst, comparable to vinyl siding. While vinyl siding is a fossil fuel product, fiber cement is organic, which means it is a bit more susceptible to weathering. However, with proper maintenance, fiber cement will last for 50 years at minimum, and potentially much longer under the right conditions.

Cedar Wood Siding

Lastly, let’s examine a siding option that many homeowners love for it’s aesthetic; cedar shake siding. While cedar siding looks fantastic, providing your home with a rustic, rugged exterior, many homeowners are often skeptical of its durability, as it is a wood product and it’s constantly exposed to the elements.

This concern is valid, as its beauty won’t protect it from weathering damage. Cedar siding is less durable than most siding options on the market, with an average lifespan of about 25 years. This, of course, entails proper maintenance along the way, and cleaning up any moldy shingles before they cause damage to your siding at large. If you’re looking for a siding material that will stand the test of time, you can certainly find more durable options!

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s siding this fall, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! Our team looks forward to assisting with your siding replacement needs!

Damaged vinyl siding

Signs Your Home’s Vinyl Siding Needs To Be Replaced

Your home’s siding is one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior shell. It serves a number of beneficial purposes, including keeping your home protected from the elements and pests, as well as boosting your home’s insulation, and improving curb appeal & resale value! Considering how many benefits there are to gain from having well-installed and maintained siding, it is important to ensure that your home’s siding is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning more about identifying the signs that your home’s siding needs to be replaced, keep reading below for more information!

Warping & Bubbling

The first signs that you’ll need to replace your siding are when you begin to notice that your siding is bubbling and warping. This is a clear indication that something is going on below the surface. Your siding has likely malfunctioned in a particular area and moisture is finding its way into the system, which can quickly destroy the integrity of your walls. If you notice that your siding is warping, you will want to have it replaced as soon as possible!

Faded Siding

Another sign that your siding is aging is when it looks faded. UV light will cause your siding to lose its luster over time, which could mean it’s worth considering a replacement if your home doesn’t seem to pop like it used to.

Mold & Mildew

Another sign that your home may have moisture issues is mold & mildew build up. If your siding is accumulating a great deal of mildew, you will want to spray it down periodically to keep the siding clean, as mildew can deteriorate the siding over time. However, the most concerning issue with mildew & mold on your siding is that it indicates there is a moisture problem that could be lurking below the surface. If you find your siding is accumulating a great deal of mildew, you will want to examine the siding for any additional signs of damage to ensure moisture isn’t finding its way into your walls.

Broken Siding Boards

Lastly, if you see any damage to your siding, you will want to have it replaced. Even small cracks can allow water into your walls, which can quickly cause significant rot damage if left untreated. If you’re interested in saving yourself from costly repairs, be sure to examine the siding on your home and repair any problem areas as soon as possible.

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Interested in learning more about how to identify whether your home’s siding is in need of replacing? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form for more information! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement and installation needs!

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Vinyl Siding vs Fiber Cement

When it comes to replacing your home’s siding, it can often be overwhelming deciding which siding material to use for your replacement. There are so many options out there it can be tough to decide which one you should use. While vinyl siding has long reigned supreme as North America’s most popular siding option, there are other niche options that have been growing in popularity in recent years, such as fiber cement! Often considered to be the two most popular siding materials on the market today, it can be tough to decide between the two options are they both offer their own benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about which siding material you should use for your home’s exterior, our team at Quality Interior Finishing has put together a guide! Take a look below for more information!

Aesthetics

If you’re looking for a beautiful siding material for your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with either option. Vinyl siding is widely manufactured, meaning it is available in a wide array of color and style options. However, James Hardie’s fiber cement is available in an unmatched variety of color options, meaning if you have a particular color in mind for your home’s siding, there is no better option than fiber cement!

Durability

Next up, lets explore the durability of the two siding options. Both options are considered durable in their own right, as two of the best options on the market. However, fiber cement takes the crown here. While vinyl siding is built to withstand moisture issues, fiber cement is known to last longer when properly installed. However, it is more brittle than vinyl siding, making it more susceptible to breaking off when hit by a baseball or falling tree branch, which is important to keep in mind.

Cost

When it comes to which option is more economical, vinyl siding takes the crown everytime. Fiber cement is significantly more expensive, and it’s durability makes it worth the price, but if you don’t plan on living in your home for decades to come, vinyl siding can last for twenty or thirty years and can be installed for less than fiber cement.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in installing vinyl or fiber-cement siding on your home this spring, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs! We can be contacted over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your team’s siding replacement needs!

CertainTeed Craftsman Siding

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has been the most popular siding option in North America for decades, and for good reason. Vinyl siding provides a number of useful benefits for your home, including providing protection from the elements. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of vinyl siding, take a look at our blog to learn more!

Durability

One of the greatest benefits of vinyl siding, one that has allowed it to enjoy a long run of popularity, is it’s durability. Vinyl is impervious to rot and moisture damage, and is also built to withstand high winds and light impacts. Properly installed vinyl siding can easily last 20-30 years, and potentially much longer if a premium option is chosen. Furthermore, warranties are often transferable between owners, meaning if you’re considering purchasing a home with vinyl siding, it’s quite possible that the warranty will be passed down to you!

Economical

Another reason that homeowners love vinyl siding is that it is an economical option for those looking to replace their home’s siding. Vinyl siding is widely manufactured, which helps to reduce the cost. Furthermore, it is easier to install than fiber cement which helps reduce associated labor costs as well. If you’re interested in re-siding your home on a budget, vinyl siding is one of the best options you can choose!

Aesthetically Versatile

An additional benefit of vinyl siding’s widespread manufacturing is that it is available in a truly enormous variety of color and style options. No matter what your vision is for your home’s exterior, you can easily find a siding material that will match the aesthetic style you’re going for. Furthermore, some vinyl boards look so much like other siding materials that you can’t tell without being right next to the siding. For example, the CertainTeed siding our team carries is available in a style called Monogram, in which the vinyl siding boards are molded from real cedar! If you’re interested in finding a siding material that will boost your home’s curb appeal, vinyl siding is a fantastic choice!

Maintenance-Free

As we mentioned earlier, vinyl siding is essentially impervious to most deterioration. This makes maintenance and upkeep incredibly easy. In all but the most extreme climates, the most maintenance you will likely need to do to keep your home’s siding in great condition is to occasionally wash down the siding with soap and water! If you’re in search of a siding material that you can install and not need to worry about, vinyl siding is a great choice!

Contact Us Today

Are you interested in installing new vinyl siding on your home? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs!

James Hardie Fiber Cement installed on a home

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

While vinyl siding has long reigned supreme as the most popular siding option in North America, there are other options that have recently been gaining in popularity. One such option is James Hardie’s Fiber Cement siding. While it has not overtaken vinyl siding, there are still many homeowners who are curious to learn more about this up-and-coming option, and the benefits it can provide for their homes. If you are interested in learning about the benefits that vinyl siding can provide, take a look at our blog to learn more!

Longer Lifespan

While vinyl siding can last for a couple of decades, it is still likely that you will need to replace your home’s siding’s multiple times, especially if you plan on raising your children in the same home. On the other hand, fiber cement siding is capable of lasting for nearly half a century, meaning that you may only need to worry about replacing your home’s siding once!

Aesthetics

Another reason that homeowners love to install James Hardie’s Fiber Cement is that it is available in an enormous array of colors. Any shade you can think of can be installed on your home, ensuring that if you have a particular goal in mind for the look of your home’s exterior, it can be achieved with fiber cement.

Weather Resistant

Fiber Cement siding is also completely weather resistant. No matter what Mother Nature throws at your home, from blizzards, to scorching heat, fiber cement can handle it all. Furthermore, it is also heat and flame resistant, and will not melt like vinyl siding. For comparison, Fiber cement siding is as resistant to fire as brick, so you know installing fiber cement siding on your home will keep it protected from just about anything!

Economical

While this one can be a bit misleading at first, installing fiber cement siding on your home can be a more cost-effective option than vinyl siding. While vinyl is cheaper to manufacture and install, it doesn’t last nearly as long as fiber cement siding. From having to replace panels when they break, to having to conduct an entire reside of your home, installing vinyl siding can quickly become far more expensive than it seemed. With fiber cement siding, you won’t need to worry about replacing panels, or residing your home for a half-century. Long-term, fiber cement is the most cost-effective option!

Contact Us Today

Interested in installing fiber cement siding on your home? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!

Signs you need to replace your home siding 

 While replacing your siding can be costly and time intensive, it’s a great investment into the future of your home that can improve not only the exterior look and feel, but can improve the interior of your home as well. If you’re procrastinating getting your siding replaced, the following issues might be a tell-tale sign that you need to bite the bullet and replace your siding.

Rotted or warped panels

If you notice that the panels on your vinyl siding are soft to the touch or warping out from the exterior wall, it’s a sign that the siding is rotted and damaged, and it’s time to replace your siding.

Higher than normal heating or cooling bills

While siding isn’t always to blame of higher heating or cooling bills, it can certainly be an indicator that your siding needs to be replaced. If your roof and insulation is in good condition, then it might be your siding.

Cracked siding

If you notice a few cracked panels after a bad storm, there’s no reason to completely replace your siding. However, if the issue is more wide spread, you should get a professional contractor to come and preform an examination. When there are cracks, the paint acts as a protective coating from moisture. However, once that coating has been broken down, moisture potentially has gotten into the siding and damaged the interior structure of the home.

Interior paint or wallpaper is cracking

Are you noticing that your wallpaper or paint is cracking on the interior of your home? If this is occurring, it means that moisture is seeping in through the panels and ruining your interior drywall. This is a definite sign that your siding needs to be replaced.

Mold

If you notice black mold or fungus growing around the siding, it’s an indicator of a larger moisture problem that should be examined immediately. Mold is not only harmful to the exterior of your home, but it’s also harmful to breathe in and touch. Contact a professional who is trained in handling mold, mildew and fungus to address the issue.

If you notice any of these signs of breakdown during an inspection of your siding, contact a local contractor who can diagnose these issues. For more information about services, get in touch and call Quality Interior Finishing today at (781) 344-2433