Kentucky Home Exteriors

The Best Siding Materials for Kentucky Homeowners

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For Kentucky homeowners, the quest to find the best siding materials isn’t just about enhancing the look of their homes; it’s also about finding a siding material that stands up to the climate of the Bluegrass State.

With humid summers, chilly winters, and the occasional severe weather, you want the best siding materials for your home. Vinyl and fiber cement are the most common choices for Kentucky homes, with James Hardie siding getting our vote every time.

The Best Siding Materials for Kentucky: Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl

Choosing fiber cement and vinyl siding for Kentucky homes depends on various factors, including climate, aesthetics, budget, maintenance preferences, and long-term goals.

1. Durability

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement siding is highly durable and resistant to weather, moisture, pests, rot, and fire. It can withstand Kentucky’s climate, including temperature fluctuations and humidity. Made from cement and cellulose fibers, it is stronger and more rigid than vinyl.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding is also durable and resistant to moisture, pests, and fading. However, extreme temperature changes might cause vinyl siding to expand and contract. This can lead to warping and the vinyl becoming brittle. It is also more prone to damage from wind and debris.

2. Aesthetics

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement siding can mimic the appearance of wood, brick, or stone with various textures and finishes. It offers a more authentic and substantial look, perfect for any style home.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding comes in a range of colors and styles in a more budget-friendly package. Although it doesn’t offer the polished finish of fiber cement, it is an attractive option for siding replacements on a budget.

3. Maintenance

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement requires less maintenance than wood siding but more than vinyl. You should repaint it every 10-15 years and check caulked joints regularly. Fiber cement siding is easier to repair than vinyl and only needs water and a cloth to keep it clean.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding is low-maintenance, as it doesn’t require painting and is resistant to rot and pests. Cleaning your vinyl siding every six months with a soft-bristled brush and mild soap will increase its lifespan.

4. Cost

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement siding tends to be more expensive upfront than vinyl due to its higher material and installation costs. However, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding is generally more budget-friendly in terms of both material and installation costs.

5. Installation

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement siding is heavier and requires professional installation due to its weight and specific installation techniques. Professional installation also protects the warranty.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding is lighter and easier to install, but you should always trust a professional company for the best results.

6. Energy Efficiency

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement offers good insulation properties and improves your home’s energy efficiency. Its durability means better energy performance over time.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding with added insulation can also improve energy efficiency.

7. Longevity

Fiber Cement: Fiber cement siding can last 25-50 years or more with proper maintenance.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding has an average lifespan of 20-40 years.

Why We Love James Hardie Siding

James Hardie siding is designed with climate technology, increasing its durability and longevity. It is a highly customizable material that fades 30% slower than other materials and comes with a color treatment warranty. We love James Hardie products for their versatility and high-quality finish.

Your Siding Is Only As Good As Its Installation

We are James Hardie preferred contractors, meaning we comply with installation best practices and are manufacturer-trained. Our top-notch installation teams will ensure that your siding is expertly installed for the best possible long-term performance.

Kentucky Home Exteriors: Offering the Best Siding Materials

With over 25 years of industry experience, we know what good siding looks like. Along with James Hardie’s excellent warranty, we offer a lifetime workmanship warranty. If you want to learn more about why James Hardie offers the best siding materials for Kentucky homeowners, contact us for a free in-person consultation.

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