Updating the exterior of your home can include everything from small cosmetic jobs, to rather large undertakings that completely transform the look and feel of your home. Replacing the siding on your home, whether out of necessity or wants, is most certainly the type of job that will have drastic and hopefully beautiful results. Your home will look brand new, and if you choose to change the siding material, then you’re in for an even bigger reveal.
For those homeowners who are considering using engineered wood siding for the house, there is a list of pros and cons worth noting. Just being aware of these will help you to make a more informed decision that you feel confident in.
For homeowners looking at various types of roofing materials and who want to be sure they choose an eco-friendly option, engineered wood is one of the few that can meet that criteria. The product itself is made from a combination of real wood and resin which creates a composite material. Some of the companies producing engineered wood also used recycled wood fibers in the manufacturing process. The wood may even be sourced locally, and the company may go so far as to guarantee that their entire manufacturing and supply chain follows all the social requirements and environmental standards. This can leave you feeling a lot better about your choice to use engineered wood siding.
If you're looking to install siding that boasts a long lifespan, can hold up to a variety of weather conditions, won't peel and chip, won't warp, and is resistant to water - then you've found the ideal material. In general, you can expect engineered siding to last anywhere from 20-30 years, which could be all the time you plan on spending in your current home.
Besides the engineered siding being durable, it's also very low maintenance. Compare it to the traditional wood siding and you’ll see that the maintenance is not only much less, but much cheaper, making it a budget-friendly choice.
This brings us to the budget in general. If you’re working within a tight budget but love the look of wood siding, you’ll find engineered wood to be much more affordable, and cheaper and faster to install. You’ll get the same great results but at a much lower cost.
Looking to increase curb appeal? If so, you need something unique and eye-catching, and because you can choose from different finishes, textures, and colors, engineered wood makes sense.
As for the cons, really the only big one is that it needs to be properly installed in order to perform at its peak. If installed incorrectly, moisture can seep in and cause real issues and damage. Hiring a professional with experience in engineered wood siding will ensure the job is done right.
This list of pros and cons should make your decision easier as you try to figure out if engineered wood siding is the right choice for your house.