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How Choosing the Right Siding Can Save You Money

August 30, 2016

Choosing a siding for your structure can be overwhelming, and the variety of options increases each year.  We’ve put together the most popular options to help you compare composition, durability and ease of installation to help you make a confident decision about your siding choice.

  • Vinyl—This siding is a popular choice, both for its lower cost and ease of installation.  However, vinyl is extremely thin and doesn’t hold up well in the hot Midwest summers, sub-zero winters, and damaging hailstorms.  It easily cracks and warps with extreme temperature changes.  Vinyl melts easily in a fire, and can even melt in the reflection of windows.  Because of its thin composition, it only provides for superficial wood-grain imprint, often resulting in a cheap appearance.
  • Wood—Natural and beautiful, with an exponentially higher price tag than vinyl, wood siding gives a stately appearance. However, 100% wooden siding is volatile to the elements.  It can be destroyed easily by insects and animals, and it is susceptible to water absorption and mold.  Because it is a natural product, wood siding will eventually split, crack and deteriorate over time.
  • Oriented Strand Board (OSB)--Also known as wood composite or engineered wood, this composite is another product commonly selected for siding projects, particularly in newer homes. This type consists of wood strands bonded together under heat and pressure with a resin. When used for exterior siding, it is susceptible to rotting from water damage.  The bottom edges of OSB can expand and split over time where exposed to the ongoing wet and freezing conditions we experience frequently in Kansas City.


At RSG, we care about the long-term durability of our siding, which is why we proudly install James Hardie siding products.  James Hardie fiber cement siding is the industry leader in siding, and offers our clients unmatched protection against the elements, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency.   Our siding is over five times thicker than vinyl, allowing for deeper imprinted grooves and a more authentic, elegant wood-grain effect.  Not only is our siding less expensive than wood, the siding we install is specifically formulated to better resist damage from moisture, freezing temperature, humidity, pests and fire— predators that pose threats to wood-based products.   In a fire, hailstorm, or throughout extreme temperature changes, our siding will withstand the elements and continue to protect your and beautify your home—year after year.

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