When you live in Wisconsin or Minnesota, you know how rough the winters can be. You also know that using the right material for your home’s siding is essential to help withstand and protect your property from cold outdoor elements.
With so many different siding types available, it quickly becomes difficult to know which one is right for your home. To help you make the best decision, here’s what you should know about siding materials.
What are the Different Types of Siding?
While there are numerous materials for home exteriors, the four main categories of siding materials include:
Wood is the choice for aesthetically minded people who want traditional charm, but it is expensive, harder to upkeep, and vulnerable to rot or insects.
Vinyl siding is cheap and easy to upkeep, so it’s the most common choice for homeowners. It also helps protect against insects and water, but it can crack or burn when subjected to extreme temperatures.
Plastic siding is thicker than vinyl, so it’s more expensive, but it’s also easy to maintain and does a much better job resembling wood for those who desire that type of aesthetic.
Alternative siding encompasses lesser-used materials, such as steel or fiber cement (composed of cement, sand, and cellulose). These options are typically more expensive than other materials, but they’re more durable and low maintenance, which in the long run could save you money.
What to Consider Before Choosing Siding
When looking at your siding options, remember that there is no one best house siding. Your ideal material will vary depending on your budget, aesthetics, and climate.
Which is the Best Siding for Cold Climates?
Let’s get back to our main topic: choosing the best material for cold weather climates.
Before making a decision, consider how energy-efficient the materials are and how well they handle extreme temperature changes. Materials like vinyl and plastic are very brittle, making it harder to withstand these types of dips in temperatures, while wood is porous and can get moisture inside it that could freeze and expand, causing future structural issues.
Our Recommended Siding for Cold-Climate Homes
Despite their higher cost, the benefits of alternative sidings like steel and fiber cement make them the best house siding for cold weather.
Steel siding is the longest-lasting material (up to 50 years!) and isn’t subject to the warping or cracking of traditional materials, even when subject to extreme temperatures. Because it’s non-porous, it doesn’t get moisture trapped inside it at any point, so the freeze/thaw combo doesn’t affect its integrity at all. It’s also energy-efficient and extremely durable.
Fiber cement has similar benefits, though it’s slightly harder to install, less energy efficient, and easier to crack. It has the benefits of cement (e.g., fireproof, no insect damage, no rotting), but if it’s improperly installed, it’s more prone to water issues.
Whatever siding you choose; you’ll want to ensure that it includes insulation or that you can add it if it doesn’t. This way, your home stays cozy and efficient even during the extreme seasons we have come to expect.
At Asher Lasting Exteriors, we’re committed to offering the highest quality skill, experience, and service, as we perform work on your home. If you’re interested in looking into steel siding as an option for your upper Midwest home, contact us for a free estimate today!