Home construction in New England requires strong building materials. There is a wide variety of siding available in the Northeast, but the two most popular home siding options are Certainteed Vinyl Siding and Everlast Composite Siding. Here is an overview of how the two compare to each other.
Comparison of Material Composition and Appearance
Certainteed siding, as the name suggests, is composed of vinyl, which is a very tough form of plastic, or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Composite siding is made up of a mixture of mostly stone particles with some polymeric resin added in. This type of resin is basically a plastic that starts out as a liquid but then hardens into a thick, heavy-duty coating.
Both choices are long-lasting and durable and will serve their purpose well in the harsh weather that can so often be found in New England. In consumer tests, Everlast siding showed a slight advantage in durability of its Certainteed vinyl competitor.
Another major concern for most homeowners is: How does the product look? Certainteed vinyl comes in a wide variety of styles that resemble wood, stone, or brick. This type of siding can be stained and finished to enhance its beauty and increase its lifespan. The biggest turn off for homeowners on vinyl siding is that it looks and feels cheap and with good reason.
Everlast composite siding resembles realistic wood clapboard, with non-overlapping, even seams. There is no other product on the market that is as realistic to wood siding is than Everlast. This type of siding is a beautiful choice as is. It never needs to be painted, stained, or treated. Its maintenance-free beauty is a clear top choice for homeowners who don’t have a lot of time, or the inclination, for regular, involved upkeep.
Comparison of Weather and Pest Resistance
Vinyl siding withstands both snow and rainstorms, which makes it a good choice for houses in the Northeast. The downside of vinyl siding is that it has to be installed properly and professionally with some added flashing in order to keep a home completely dry and free of insect infestations. Also, the expansion and contraction rate varies up to an inch sometimes, which creates distortion and can tarnish the vinyl.
Composite siding, on the other hand, lies flat against the home, which enables it to more effectively resist mildew, rot and termites. Like vinyl siding, this type of siding is resistant to rot. Composite siding requires no extra flashing to be able to withstand pests and everything the weather throws at it. In this case, then, composite siding is the best value.
Comparison of Maintenance Requirements
Certainteed vinyl siding is fade-resistant. Depending on the company that is selling the siding, the vinyl siding comes with either a 50-year, one-owner lifetime warranty or a transferable warranty. Everlast, on the other hand, is guaranteed for the life of the house it is siding, and its warranty is also transferable.
Neither type of siding requires much maintenance. All that a homeowner needs to do is wash debris from off the side of the house with a garden hose once a year. For this reason, both types are fairly equal when it comes to maintenance, but the composite siding has an edge over the vinyl siding because of its lifetime warranty.
Based on these comparisons, Everlast siding comes out as the clear winner in terms of both customer satisfaction and durability. Most manufacturers also agree that Everlast is the better choice for most homeowner situations. Homeowners should visit the professionals at United Home Experts to learn more about this amazing home siding option and to see how they can get it for their own homes. For more information on siding, visit our main siding page!