When choosing siding for a home, you may be tempted to go with the least expensive option available. You can get better results by going with an option that costs a little more up front but will stand up to rough weather for years to come. Concrete siding is one of the most durable options on the market, and you can use it on a home without making it look like you are living in a concrete bunker.
Concrete siding is not susceptible to insect damage or rot, such as is the case when you use wooden siding. Thus, you don't have to worry about insects carving up and hauling off bits of your siding or making a nest in the walls of your home. Moreover, concrete siding will not crack when pummeled by hail, cannot be swept off your home by a strong wind, and is fire resistant. Thus, if you are looking for a siding that will virtually eliminate the need for replacement down the road, then concrete is the way to go.
Properly installed and maintained concrete siding can last for one-hundred years or more. In contrast, vinyl siding will typically last for 20-40 years in good conditions. However, if adverse weather damages your siding, you may have to replace it far sooner.
Concrete siding can be molded into any number of shapes, so it can be used to mimic the look of other siding options on the market. Thus, if you want your siding to look like runs of wood, you can find concrete siding that has a wooden grain molded right into long runs of traditional-looking siding. If you like the look of cedar shingles used in siding applications, but you don't want to have to worry about rot or insect damage, then you can find concrete shingles that are made to mimic the look of wood and that will work in siding applications. Once in place, you can paint your siding any color you want, so it should be easy enough to match your siding with the overall design scheme of your own.
While concrete siding will cost more initially than other options such as vinyl, you will end up saving money in the long run. You would likely replace vinyl siding up to five times before you have to replace your concrete siding even once. Thus, it makes sense to use concrete siding to both beautify and protect your home. Talk to a contractor, like Kemp's Windows Inc, for more help.