UNITED HOME EXPERTS | MARCH 6, 2021
With so many siding options available, it is increasingly becoming harder for homeowners to choose. However, as you look for possible siding options, there are some factors you need to consider, such as curb appeal, upkeep & maintenance, warranty, moisture resistance, initial cost, and resale value.
Among the various siding options, fiber-cement and composite siding like Everlast are popular choices. However, a quick comparison of Everlast vs. Fiber Cement helps establish the superior siding option.
Installing a new siding is a large investment, so if you plan to make it last, then you need to pay attention to the warranty. With Everlast composite siding products, you get a limited lifetime warranty that caters to material defects such as cracking, chipping, and peeling. Also, the warranty takes care of the fading and extends to hail damage if your insurance doesn’t cover it. Everlast’s baked-on surface makes it resist UV degradation and fading, with some of its products having warranties spanning 30 years. The caveat when using fiber cement siding is that incorrectly installing them voids the warranty and our experience of visiting homes with fiber cement shows this to be a common occurrence. Most fiber cement siding manufacturers require perfect compliance with their installation guides for the warranty to be valid. Besides, the paint warranty on many fiber cement sidings is a prorated 15-year warranty.
Moisture is the arch-enemy of many siding products. It quickly affects wood siding making moist areas to be soft, loose paint, or even rot. This is true for wood siding and products that contain wood chippings like fiber cement. If you wish to eradicate any siding issues arising from moisture, consider a fully inorganic siding product like Everlast. The composite is heat-treated, which makes it impervious to moisture damage.
Compared to wood, fiber cement siding is lower maintenance and takes longer before repainting. Ultimately, it is a painted product, so as a home homeowner, you should keep in mind that it will require repainting at some point. It is also important to keep the seams completely sealed to minimize moisture penetration. Fiber cement siding is ideal for dry climates where humidity is not a concern.
On the contrary, composite siding products like Everlast require little maintenance since they don’t contain wood particles. Running a hose down several times a year ensures your siding remains in pristine shape. Everlast is incredibly durable and is not vulnerable to water absorption.
Although you may not live forever in your home, you can always establish the actual maintenance cost. You need to know how often the house may require repairing, repainting, or replacing materials with time. If you choose a less durable siding, it may require replacing by the time you place the house on the market. It can affect curb appeal and sales price. The occasional quick wash is all the maintenance you need during its lifetime. So, no need to factor in the long-term cost of repainting when you use Everlast Composite Siding. What’s more, Everlast is less fragile compared to fiber cement siding. As such, it can accommodate impact without splitting.
When considering between Everlast Composite Siding and fiber cement, ask your favorite Home Experts to answer any questions you may have. Our award-winning team would love the opportunity to help find the right siding option for your home.
We are an award-winning exterior home improvement company with over 23+ years of experience installing siding on New England homes and take pride in helping homeowners love their homes again.
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