Does your home need new siding? If so, you are probably starting to look at different material options. One that you will likely come across is composite. The word "composite" is pretty vague, so it's a good idea to learn what it means in the siding world, and also to consider whether composite siding is really the best option for you.
What is composite siding?
Technically, composite is a material that consists of several materials blended together. But in the siding world, the composite used is almost always a mixture of wood fiber and concrete. The wood fiber is the waste byproduct created by other wood milling processes. The concrete is similar to the concrete used to make sidewalks or patios. These materials are mixed together and poured into a mold. The result is siding boards that are sturdy and strong.
What are the benefits of composite siding?
Composite siding is usually made to look like wood, but it does not have any of the downfalls of wood siding. It does not deteriorate when exposed to moisture. It also does not appeal to termites, carpenter ants, or wood bees, so you don't have to worry about them chewing it apart.
Another advantage of composite siding is that it does not require painting. The color typically extends all of the way through the material. However, if you do decide you want your siding to be a different color one day, then you can paint the composite. Paint will adhere to it well and transform its look.
Are there any downfalls to composite siding?
The primary downfall of this material is its cost. Composite siding tends to cost more than vinyl. It is also harder to install, which means you will pay more to have it put on your home.
Another downside is the weight of the siding. If it is not installed correctly, it may weigh on the screws and fall off your home. This should not be an issue if you work with an experienced contractor, but it does mean that you need to hire someone who knows what they are doing.
Composite siding is widely available and works well for many homeowners. If you want siding that is rot-proof, does not need to be painted, and looks like wood, then composite is a great choice. Talk to a siding installation contractor in your area to learn more about your options.