If you want to replace the exterior siding of your home, there are many options and it is often difficult to know which one to choose.
The different types of exterior siding with so many shapes, colours and textures can greatly vary the appearance of your building.
We recommend that you first check with your municipality to find out what type of exterior siding they allow.
In addition to their aesthetic function, the roof of your building has an important protective role, providing a protective layer against bad weather and UV rays.
Today we present you the different types of exterior siding with their cost and lifespan.
Vinyl exterior siding
Vinyl or PVC is the most commonly used type of exterior siding in Montreal and requires very little maintenance.
It has many positive points such as its strong weather resistance and its excellent performance in fighting pests and mildew.
It is also very easy to install and easy to maintain.
On its negative points, vinyl is derived from natural gas, non-renewable and may require additional materials to increase its fire resistance.
Unfortunately, vinyl is very poorly recycled in Quebec, although it is recyclable.
Aluminium exterior cladding
Aluminium stands out from other types of coatings due to its superior resistance to weathering and its finish, which has remained intact over the years.
In addition, it is possible to have an aluminum coating in a wide range of colors, which allows you to get closer to the other colors of your home by choosing the shade that you like best.
However, it must be understood that being light, it can be fragile to scratches and shocks.
Wood fiber exterior siding
Wood fiber is an almost perfect imitation of engineered wood, but is much less expensive and that’s why it is becoming more and more popular.
Wood fiber also known mainly as being popularized by the CanExel and Maibec brands (which also offer other types of materials other than wood fiber).
The important thing to remember is that wood fibre is a compound of lignocellulosic fibres (composed of lignin, hemicellulose and plant cellulose).
It is an imitation wood with its shape and stripes engraved on the surface of the material. It is an affordable material, which has good resistance to climatic variations and has good resistance to high winds and bad weather.
In addition, wood fibre is easy to paint, which explains the high availability of colours. However, its installation can be rigorous and that is why we recommend that you have it installed by an expert to reduce the risk of water infiltration following improper installation.
Torrefied wood exterior cladding
This type of siding is a classic in Quebec and is above all very environmentally friendly. Indeed, its production is very low polluting and generates a small amount of grey energy.
Thanks to our many forests, you should not be short of materials, but be careful to check the type of wood you prefer.
Unfortunately, although very aesthetic, wood has many negative points. It is not very effective against bad weather, is difficult to maintain, is not very effective as a firewall and does not really block pests and mildew.
Wood siding has a lifespan of 25 to 55 years.
Stucco exterior cladding
Acrylic stucco, composed of cement, sand and water, is available in a wide range of colours and has many advantages. Indeed, the latter has certain insulating properties and obviously has a very interesting aesthetic aspect while being a very versatile product.
This type of exterior siding is available in many textures, patterns and colors and allows a lot of freedom in the visual aspect. However, stucco is very sensitive to changes in temperature and movement of your structure as well as having a fairly polluting production and being very resistant to fire.
Finally, its cost varies between $8 to $10 per square foot and it has a life span of 25 years or more.
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