The Truth About Low-Maintenance Siding

April 16, 2014

If you live in the Portland area, your home’s exterior cladding mostly serves as a raincoat. When it’s time for an exterior update, the type of siding you choose is important. To do its job properly, siding needs to stay strong and help keep your house structurally sound through extreme temperatures, storms, high winds, insect infiltration, moisture, mold growth and anything else Mother Nature throws its way. For many, the best siding choice is one that saves them time and effort. With today’s siding options, you can have decades of durability and performance with very little maintenance. Here are three popular low-maintenance siding choices for homes in the Northwest.

Cedar Siding

Cedar is an eco-friendly, durable siding material that’s naturally resistant to rot and insects. It can be stained or sealed if desired. Cedar is relatively inexpensive, but installation costs may be slightly higher compared to vinyl siding. Because it’s a wood product, cedar siding requires periodic re-sealing and repainting. It also requires regular cleanings to remove mildew, algae and moss. These growths are common and can lead to surface damage, especially in humid or rainy climates. A pressure washer and a mild, non-phosphate detergent or a vinegar and water solution is recommended.

Composite and Fiber Cement Siding

Composite products such as the popular James Hardie fiber cement siding are durable and moisture-resistant, and they offer a wide range of unique textures and looks that mimic natural materials. You can paint the siding yourself or choose pre-painted products. Maintenance requirements are simple. Occasional caulk replacement, paint touch-ups and light cleaning are required.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is one of the least expensive siding options. It’s durable, but it won’t have the rich look of more expensive materials. Maintenance requirements for vinyl siding are very low. Simply washing it once a year with a mild detergent and water is usually enough. You’ll never need to paint it, but you are limited to factory-applied colors. It’s somewhat susceptible to fading in direct sunlight.

Interstate Roofing Has Best Siding for Your Home

Since 1988, family-owned Interstate Roofing has been serving homeowners in the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas. Our commitment to superior customer service, professionalism and craftsmanship has established us as one of the most trusted resources for exterior home improvement. We offer a generous selection of high-quality siding types and brands, and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect match for your home. Contact us today for more information, or request an estimate.