There are different typical siding materials for NH properties. Each provides different features and can vary in price. Below is an overview of a few common types of siding.
Vinyl is a very popular siding alternative. It is created of PVC and is therefore very durable and low maintenance. It is cost effective, although cost will range based on the thickness and design of the vinyl. The negative feature of vinyl siding is an environmental one. It generates pollution during the manufacturing process and is not easy to recycle.
Wood siding is a natural option. Popular types of wood siding are cedar, cypress, and hardwood. They are desirable for their style and design elements. There are two formats for wood siding: clapboard and shakes. Clapboard comes in long flat pieces used to create a clean look. Shakes are smaller pieces that create texture and more character. Because it is naturally made, it is better for the environment than vinyl. It may also be painted or stained. However, wood siding does require regular maintenance to prevent breaking and warping.
Hardiplank Siding Material
Hardiplank is also known as fiber cement siding. It is created from cellulose fibers and cement-like materials. It offers some benefits beyond wood and vinyl siding. Unlike vinyl, it does not create pollution when manufactured and is less susceptible to fire. Unlike wood siding, it does not use any endangered species of wood and is less combustible. Yet Hardiplank looks very similar to wood and can be painted. However, Hardiplank is typically less cost effective.
Brick Siding Material
Brick siding is fireproof and very sturdy. It offers great insulation and does not need painting or staining. On the downside, brick and the mortar in between are porous and are thus more affected by rain. It is also usually less cost effective to purchase and install than other options.
Picking Typical Siding Materials For NH Properties
Before choosing from the typical siding materials for NH properties, consider the the desired design of your property, weather changes in the area, and your budget. Not all of the options above will fit well with your property. If building a custom home, ask your builder about the options. There may be other options that your builder will suggest. It is not uncommon to choose a combination to achieve your design goals.