Durable Siding With The Best ROI In 2022

Durable Siding With The Best ROI In 2022

In 2021, it’s no secret Colorado has endured extreme winds, fire, and snow – weather conditions that really take a toll on your siding over time. How is your siding holding up? If you’re considering home improvement projects this year, siding is a great place to start. Whether you’re starting your siding project to upgrade your home’s look or to fix a safety concern, a great place to start is with ROI. Your home is a great investment and knowing what materials can give you a higher ROI can maximize your home’s value.

With over 12 durable siding options to choose from, here’s the most durable siding options for 2022.

Quality Edge- Vesta Steel Siding

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Vesta siding is made of durable steel and gives your home the unique look of wood. Quality Edge creates exterior solutions, so families can spend more time together. Yet, no siding is perfect and steel siding can be more prone to dents, imperfections, and noise. It can also get tricky trying to replace just one damaged panel without needing the whole panel replaced. Even with a short list of flaws, steel siding is still a top choice for homeowners.

Durability:

  • Withstand winds up to 170 MPH
  • Insect and pest resistant
  • Moisture & rot resistant
  • Class A fire rating

Maintenance:

  • Pressure wash 2x a year
  • No caulking or repainting needed

Costs:

  • Average cost is $15-$30 per square foot. This can vary based on if you’re replacing just siding or if you are changing soffit, fascia, and trim. Metal siding is a heavier material to install, which can increase labor costs.

Average Lifespan:

  • Lasts up to 50 years

Sustainability:

  • 100% recyclable and it’s a renewable resource. You’ll feel confident knowing your siding looks amazing and protects the environment.

Colors & Styles:

  • Mimicking the look of real wood, homeowners can choose between 9 bold hues and 4 unique wood grains for their home.

EDCO– Metal Siding

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EDCO’s offers homeowners steel siding and is the oldest manufacturer of metal siding in the U.S. They’re committed to creating a greener future without compromising on quality. Steel siding offers great durability and is a low-maintenance option for homeowners. Steel siding is still susceptible to dents and imperfections, but provides homeowners a solid siding choice for several years.

Durability:

  • Withstand winds up to 170 MPH
  • Insect & pest resistant
  • Moisture resistant
  • Non-combustible

Maintenance:

  • A quick wash (2x a year) can have you siding looking good as new.
  • Repaint 8-15 years

Costs:

  • Average is $15-$20 per square foot . Keep in mind, metal is a heavier material to install which can increase labor costs.

Average Lifespan:

  • Lasts up to 50 years

Sustainability:

  • Steel siding is 100% recyclable and made of at least 25% minimum of recycled materials.

Colors & Styles:

  • There are plenty of colors and styles to choose from for your home.

James Hardie– Fiber-Cement Siding

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Fiber-cement siding is made of wood-fibers, cement, and sand. It’s wood appearance brings a familiar warmth to a home with high-performing protection against the outside elements. Initially, fiber-cement is more expensive to install and it won’t provide much insulation to your home, but that can be added during the installation process.

Durability:

  • Withstand winds up to 150 MPH
  • Won’t crack or peel in temperature fluctuations
  • Non-combustible
  • Insect and rot resistant
  • Designed to withstand hail damage

Maintenance:

  • Pressure wash 2x year
  • Schedule inspections for cracks and damages

Costs:

  • Average cost is $10 to $15 per square foot. This includes labor and materials but you can expect an additional cost of $3,000 to remove old fiber-cement siding.

Average Lifetime:

  • Lasts up to 30 years with proper maintenance.

Colors & Styles:

  • There are lots of colors and styles to choose from and you can paint your siding. You can check out extra add-ons to make your home unique.

Sustainability:

  • Fiber-cement is made of recycled materials that are renewable, making it an eco-friendly choice for homeowners.

LP SmartSide- Wood Composite

LP Smartside

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Wood composite siding is made of scrap wood that’s compressed and bonded with resins. Not only is it chemically treated to ward off insects and pests, it usually comes pre-primed and ready to paint. Fading is expected over time and continuous sun exposure combined with bad weather can lead to water damage.

Durability:

  • Water resistant
  • No warping
  • Fungus, mold, and mildew resistant
  • Built to withstand weather damage

Maintenance :

  • Only requires re-painting every 10 years
    • For added protection consider LP Diamond Kote- a finishing product for your siding

Costs:

  • Average cost is $10 – $15 per square foot including installation. This is a cheaper alternative to natural wood siding for homeowners.

Average Lifespan:

  • Lasts up to 20- 30 years

Colors & Styles:

  • Available in a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes.

Sustainability:

  • Wood composite is made from recyclable materials and it contains no toxic chemicals. An eco-friendly choice for homeowners.

Diamond Kote Siding (Manufacturer: LP Diamond Kote)

Diamond Kote Siding

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Diamond Kote siding is engineered wood that undergoes a SmartGuard treatment that protects it from temperature fluctuations, freezing/thawing, and everything in between. This durable siding adds superior protection for your home but does come with a higher price. This siding is an investment that is backed by a 30-year no-fade warranty, giving homeowners the chance to take siding off their worry list.

Durability:

  • Withstands temperature fluctuations
  • Resists hail damage
  • Resists moisture
  • Built to withstand dirt & grime

Maintenance:

  • Doesn’t need to be repainted and is scratch-resistant
    • Clean every 6 – 12 months

Costs:

  • Average cost is $2 – $5 per square foot on top of their $10 to $15 per square foot.

Average Lifespan:

  • With a 30-year no-fade warranty you won’t need to worry about replacing your siding for a while.

Colors & Styles

  • Diamond Kote offers homeowners plenty of color options to make their home stand-out.

Sustainability:

  • Diamond Kote paints are water borne for low- V.O.C. emissions. Their semi trucks run on compressed natural gas which reduces carbon emissions. Homeowners can feel confident in choosing a sustainable material and manufacturer.

Norandex & Ply Gem- Vinyl Siding

Norandex Siding

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Vinyl siding is a popular choice for homeowners. It’s cost-effective, low-maintenance, and durable make it an attractive choice. Yet, when compared to our other siding materials, it doesn’t perform as well. You might have to deal with maintenance issues down the line and it could lower your home’s value. While it’s a popular choice, it might not be the right choice for your home.

Durability:

  • Withstands winds up to 110 MPH
  • Moisture & rot resistant
  • Hail resistant

Maintenance:

  • Clean 1x year
  • Repaint every 2-5 years

Costs:

  • Average costs for vinyl siding can vary drastically by contractor and is on average, $8 per square foot. It can vary between $6 – $12.

Average Lifespan:

  • Depending on climate, maintenance, and installation vinyl can last 20-40 years.

Colors & Styles:

  • There are lots of colors and styles to choose from. Check them out on Norandex and PlyGem

Sustainability:

  • Vinyl can be recycled but during the manufacturing and during a fire it releases PVC, a toxic chemical for humans.

Wood Siding- Cedar

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Wood siding has a natural warmth to it that some homeowners find themselves drawn to. It’s a timeless siding choice for homeowners that want the authentic wood feel, rather than a mimicked version. We recommend using cedar because it is the most durable and low-maintenance for wood siding. Wood siding, however, has a higher maintenance demand to keep your home preserved.

Durability:

  • Resistant to swelling and splitting
  • Insect resistant

Maintenance:

  • Clean your siding 2x year
  • Schedule routine painting or staining to avoid water leakage

Costs:

  • Average cost is between $6 and $10+ per square foot, depending on the manufacturer and sourcing.

Average Lifespan:

  • Lasts up to 10-30 years. Even with proper maintenance some planks will need to be replaced after only 10 years.

Colors & Styles:

  • Lots of styles and stain options are available for cedar siding.

Sustainability:

  • Wood is biodegradable and is a green choice for homeowners.

Choosing The Right Siding For You

There can be many factors that influence your decision on what material is right for your home. Some factors to keep in mind are:

  • Energy Efficiency- One way to put money back into your pockets is by making your home more energy efficient. Upgrading your siding is a great way to start reaping the benefits. No siding is created equal, and the R-Value of each material varies but this can indicate your potential savings. The R-Value determines the capacity of a material to resist heat flow. It’s measured by the insulation and thickness of your exterior walls. The higher the value, the more savings you’ll see.

    • Steel Siding: R-Value of 0.61
    • Fiber-Cement Siding: R-Value of 0.15 to 0.50
    • Non-Insulated Vinyl Siding- R-Value of 0.61
    • Insulated Vinyl Siding: R-Value of 2 to 2.7
    • Wood Composite: R-Value of 0.6 to 0.75
    • Wood Siding: R-Value of 0.81
  • Manufacturing- Choosing a trusted manufacturer can make the difference during your project. You want to ensure your home is getting quality material from a top manufacturers.
  • Labor– A common overlooked expense for homeowners during a remodel is the cost of labor. Some materials have a higher labor cost depending on their difficulty to work with and install. Keep this in mind for your budget.
  • Recyclability- Finding materials that have a greener impact on the environment can make you feel better about your choice. Keep in mind, contractors and manufacturers will have different recycling policies that can experience limitations based on locations and rules for recycling materials. Communicate with your contractor and check out your local recycling policies to see what your options are.

What Are Your Siding Goals?

Before starting a siding project, you should know what your goal is from the project. Some homeowners value the ROI, while others value the new aesthetic it can bring. Identifying your goal can help narrow down materials and start your project on the right foot.

  • Siding ROI’s :

    • Vinyl- 80% ROI
    • Wood- 77% ROI (This can be lower with a cedar siding and higher with a composite wood)
    • Fiber-Cement- 77% ROI
    • Metal- 86% to 95% ROI (Varies based on location)
  • Low-Maintenance:
    • Some materials, like wood, have an extensive maintenance list for homeowners. While materials like fiber-cement and metal have a lower maintenance schedule. As you’re making your choice, be sure you keep in mind how much time you want to give your siding. Low-maintenance sidings might be a great choice for homeowners that have busy lives.
  • Affordability:
    • Cost can be a significant factor in choosing a siding material for your home. When it comes to siding, you get what you pay for. Choosing higher quality materials might cost more now, but lead to lower expenses down the line.
  • Quality
    • Some siding materials require more time from homeowners but lower quality sidings can need more repairs, maintenance, and have lower energy efficiency. Siding quality is just as important as siding ROI. Top manufacturers will have quality materials for homeowners.

And The Winner Is…

In 2021, fiber-cement siding had the best ROI when comparing low-maintenance options. In 2022, the most durable siding is…Steel! Steel siding offers high-performing durability with an easy maintenance schedule for homeowners but what puts it above other materials is it’s long lifespan. You can expect up to 50 years out of your steel siding, making it a no brainer for durability and performance.

Get ready to enjoy your beautifully updated and expertly repaired property.