Wood Board sidings are nailed in such a way that the nails pass through the sheathing into the studs. Composition sidings made from wood fiber, sand and portland cement appear to be the most reliable. A disadvantage of wood board siding is the quickness with which they can decay. Heartwood, redwood, cypress and cedar sidings are decay resistant and can be left unfinished if desired.
Plywood siding materials have become popular for their economy. The cost of the material per unit of wall is less than other materials and labor costs tend to be relatively low because the large sheets can be installed quickly. All plywood sidings must be painted or stained because their veneers are too thin to withstand weather erosion for more than a few years.
Sidings formed of metal and vinyl plastics are usually designed to imitate wood sidings. Their primary advantage is that they do not decay and are generally guaranteed against needing to be repainted for long periods of time, typically 20 years. Metal and Vinyl sidings do have disadvantages. Metal siding has a poor resistance to denting. Vinyl sidings can shatter on impact and they expand and contract much more than other materials.
Stucco, a Portland cement plaster, is a strong, durable, economical, fire resistant material for siding light frame buildings. Stucco is applied over galvanized metal lath, using galvanized steel or plastic accessories to prevent rusting in damp locations. One disadvantage to cement stucco is that it shrinks and is prone to cracking. To compensate, stucco walls should be provided with control joints in set intervals. Pigments or dyes are often added to stucco to give an integral color.
Light frame buildings can be faced with a single wythe of brick. The corrugated metal ties support the masonry against falling away from the building, but allow for differential movement between masonry and the frame. There are many types of brick sizes, colors and layouts available.
The primary purpose of siding is to protect the walls from weather while presenting an attractive appearance. Siding materials must be able to endure moisture in the form of water vapor, rain and melted snow. Some siding materials are coated with paint or stain to prolong the durability. The effectiveness of siding material is enhanced by the weather barrier just under them, which provides a second line of defense against the weather.
Guyette Roofing and Construction, Montgomery, Alabama's preferred roofing company, has completed many siding jobs. One of the most leak prone areas of a roof is where the roof meets the siding, as a result, we often install new exterior siding when tying roof flashing into the roof system. With over 30 years of experience and the top roof technicians in Montgomery, Guyette will undertake roofing and construction projects that other contractors turn down. Guyette Roofing and Construction will provide quality work with excellent customer care.