What’s a Good Alternative to Vinyl Siding?

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Since its introduction in the 1950s, vinyl siding has become one of the most popular house cladding options across the United States. It’s easy to understand why. Vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive, and since it’s light and easy to handle, it can be installed quickly, thus reducing labor costs. Because vinyl siding is available in such a wide range of styles, colors, thicknesses, and textures, homeowners usually have no problem finding an option that can complement their home’s unique architectural design. (For instance, there’s vinyl siding that mimics cedar shakes so accurately that it can fool even the most discriminating eye.) Furthermore, vinyl siding is built to withstand the elements and resist moisture, which means it won’t rust, rot, warp, or corrode.

Despite all these advantages, some homeowners want siding that’s a few degrees above the ordinary—in terms of looks, durability, design versatility, and any of the benefits associated with quality house cladding. For a good-looking alternative to vinyl siding, homeowners often choose wood siding. Wood has a warm, natural appeal that’s undeniable. Plus, wood siding can lend even the most modest home a certain charm and elegance that belies its value. But wood siding has a distinct disadvantage: high maintenance requirements. To keep wood siding looking good, a homeowner must protect it by applying a stain or paint every five years or so. That’s because wood siding is highly susceptible to termites, rot, and fungal decay.

Engineered Wood Siding Can Be a Smart Choice

If you want to replace your siding with an option that offers both the benefits of vinyl and the rustic charm of wood, then engineered wood siding is the way to go. Its light weight and availability in pre-primed and pre-finished options make installation simple and cost-effective. Made from wood strands that are coated with a resin binder and then heated and compressed to create solid boards, engineered wood siding is far more durable than real wood. Like vinyl, it resists termites and rot, and can easily withstand harsh weather elements, from fierce winds and pounding hail to the freeze-thaw cycles that can be particularly unkind to wood. Colors and finishes are baked-in, so you never need to repaint or re-stain engineered wood siding. As for curb appeal, you can achieve exactly the look you envision because engineered wood siding comes in an array of styles, colors, and textures—even rich woodgrain textures.

Who Installs Engineered Wood Siding on Long Island?

One of the top home improvement companies on Long Island, Alure Home Improvements has earned the trust of customers by offering exceptional products and services. To provide homeowners an outstanding alternative to vinyl siding, we install engineered wood siding made by the renowned manufacturer LP. Our LP® SmartSide® products not only look gorgeous, but they also add real value to your home while protecting it reliably year after year. To learn more about our engineered wood siding and our meticulous installation process, contact Alure Home Improvements. When you do, ask us about our design imaging technology, which allows you to see before installation how stately your home will look with your choice of engineering wood siding.

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