Deciding on what type of siding to use for your home has a big impact on not just how it will look, but also how well the house will be protected from the elements. This is not something that you’ll want to overlook here in Edina, where the winter season can bring extremely harsh weather. It’s why a good siding contractor will recommend the use of either composite or natural siding. The following is a brief breakdown of both types to help you choose which siding will best suit your needs.

Composite Siding

Composite siding is typically made a combination of materials, such as cement, wood, sand, and water. Composite siding allows for incredible flexibility when it comes to the home design. There’s an extensive selection of different colors and finishes available to choose from.

Composite siding is very durable and doesn’t have as many weaknesses as wood siding has. For example, composite siding is very resistant against fire, insects, rot, and water damage. It’s also quite durable against the elements. It will also resist cupping and warping. Composite siding ranges from $4 to $6.50 per square foot, which is on the more expensive end for manufactured siding, but more affordable than natural siding.

Natural Siding

Natural siding, such as cedar wood siding, has long been a popular choice due to its durability as well as the unique aesthetic it provides. Few types of siding offer the warmth and elegance of natural wood siding, after all. Some might be surprised that natural siding is actually one of the most environmentally-friendly choices as we due to the fact that it’s not manufactured in a factory.

Although cedar siding is not naturally resistant to things like fire, insects, water damage and rot, it can be sealed to make it resistant. Sealing only needs to be done every five to ten years. As far as the cost goes, natural siding tends to be one of the more expensive options. Expect to pay between $5 and $10 per square foot.

There are few looks as traditional and uniquely beautiful as cedar wood, but composite siding gets pretty close. Choosing between the two comes down to your budget, the look of the siding and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to do over its lifespan. To speak to a professional siding contractor, be sure to contact us at LB Solutions in Edina, MN, today.


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