Homeowners have many options when it comes to finishing a home’s exterior surface. One of the most popular options is siding, which is manufactured in many different styles and brands. Homeowners often prefer siding due to its durability, composite structure and resistance to mold and mildew.

There are many brands of siding on the market that vary in overall durability. Nothing is worse than spending money on a home’s exterior, only to discover years later that it is degrading and not standing up to the elements. One type that is often used in the New England area is wood fiber siding.

United Home Experts, leading New England siding installers, suggest not using this type of siding due to its lack of rot-blogphoto3-resized-600durability, inferior composition and the siding’s overall lack of resistance to mold and mildew. We in particular try to veer away from products like wood fiber siding because of our own experience with customers who had wood fiber particle board siding installed previously.

Lack of Durability

While this style offers several variants of siding and additional siding materials, it is not considered to be as durable as other options. Siding is generally warranted for 20 years against damage, rot, mildew and mold. Being composed of wood fibers, some siding does not hold up under wear and tear and extreme weather conditions as long as other, more durable brands. Companies run tests on siding, putting their brands to the test of simulated harsh environments and wet and dry environments. This siding does not hold up as well as some other options under these conditions.

Composition

As mentioned, this particular type of siding is mainly composed of wood fibers. Most styles of home siding include osb-resized-600cement or vinyl, which hold up much better than wood to wear, winds, and extreme weather conditions. Some companies sell wood composite sidings, but ensure that each brand being considered stands up to industry standards for composition and functionality before purchasing.

Lack of Resistance to Mold and Mildew

Replacing siding that has become a victim of mold or mildew can cost a homeowner a lot of extra expenses in replacement and repair costs. For those living in damp climates or areas prone to excessive wet weather, Wood fiber is not an ideal home siding option. Due to its wood fiber composition, this siding is prone to mildew and mold, which in turn not only breaks down the siding, but can create damage beneath the siding’s surface.

For homeowners living in the New England area, contact United Home Experts for assistance in choosing a siding that will be durable and mold resistant. One of their dedicated professionals will be happy to answer questions about siding options and costs. Visit our main siding page for more information on siding!

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