Learn about different types of home siding options from the pros at Mountain View Building Materials.
Hi everyone, joel here with Mountain View Building Materials. We’re out in beautiful Canmore Alberta to talk to you about my favorite thing; exterior design and siding. So out in Cammore today we’re going to focus on four of the most common siding products. We’re going to look at properties that are using engineered wood, fiber cement siding, natural wood siding and metal siding. All siding has their place in the market and each of them has their pros and cons. You can use them all together or you can use them separately, it totally depends on the exterior design and the look that you are trying to achieve So today we’re going to start with engineered wood. The benefits to engineered wood is virtually endless, it combines the durability and the workability of fiber cement siding but the natural products that you get with natural wood siding. Another strong benefit to engineered wood is that it is made in Canada and finished locally here in Calgary. Engineered wood is extremely durable and able to withstand the strongest hail the strongest wind and all the elements that our province can throw at it. Being that it’s durable and easy to work with it’s an excellent alternative to vinyl siding which we’ve all seen get destroyed in the recent weather events that we’ve had in our area. One of my favorite things about the engineered wood siding that we sell at Mountain View Building Materials is that it is made in Canada. I’m proud to say that we buy this product from a Canadian manufacturer it’s not very often that we get to say that we buy a manufactured product built for your home here in Canada but the engineered wood that we carry is 100% made in Canada.
Next in line to the engineered wood as far as durability goes is natural wood siding. Natural wood siding is something that you see in a lot of the alpine homes out here or mountain homes even in Calgary in a lot of like the older areas like Bonavista and Lakeview. It’s a classic look it requires less and less maintenance the longer that it’s on your house because as you use the products to maintain it, they absorb in and last longer. Natural wood siding is definitely the most workable siding out of all of the siding products. You’ve got the different profiles that you can make you start with the raw lumber you could create one-off samples and one-off profiles so your house truly has a unique curb appeal that cannot look like any other house on the street. Natural wood siding is definitely my favorite just because it’s the most unique so from natural wood siding we’re going to move into fiber cement siding.
Fiber cement siding has been gaining more and more popularity over the past decade decade and a half strictly because of its durability. Not only is the fiber cement siding very durable but it’s also got another unique factor and that it is non-combustible so when you’re putting this product on your house, you can rest assured that should your neighbor’s house catch on fire or yours catches on fire, the flames are not going to spread through this as quickly as it would with natural wood siding or engineered wood siding or vinyl siding. Fiber cement siding is very popular due to its affordability due to its availability and its wide color spectrum that allows your house to have a unique exterior when compared to other sidings on your street or in your neighborhood. Two other incredibly unique features that come with engineered wood and fiber cement siding are their extreme warranties specifically with engineered wood the board is warrantied for 50 years and some finishers even warranty the finish of their board for up to 30 years if anything goes wrong with that board within the 50-year lifespan of the warranty or the 30-year lifespan of the finish they will actually pay your contractors labor to come and replace the siding for up to 15 years. You can’t get that with stucco you can’t get that with vinyl and you can’t get that with natural wood. Engineered wood and fiber cement siding exclusively have incredible warranties for homeowners
The type of metal siding that we sell at Mountain View Building Materials is Lux Architectural Products. We really like Lux siding because of its incredibly realistic wood grain finish that they’re able to achieve on top of metal so you get all the benefits of the metal siding the durability the non-combustibility the easy to work with and then you can combine that with their finishing product to create an incredible wood look that’s going to last forever. So let’s talk about the maintenance involved with each of these siding products we’ll rank them in order of most maintenance to least maintenance. Deciding which will require the most maintenance initially is your natural wood siding. Now I say that initially because when you’re using penetrating oil stains the more often you apply the stain the longer it’s going to last so in the first five six years of having the siding on your house you may have to put a couple of applications of the penetrating oil stain on the house but as that product absorbs into the wood it’s going to protect itself and last even longer.
So next siding option we’ll explore will be the fiber cement siding now fiber cement siding and engineered wood siding are very very close in maintenance the only reason I would say that the fiber cement siding may require more maintenance than the engineered wood siding is the fact of its durability you may have to replace the boards if it chips when it gets hit with a bike handle or it gets hit with a hockey puck it is more fragile than the engineered wood so as far as maintenance goes, it’s more concerned with the upkeep of the product and preserving it from being damaged. Next in line is the engineered wood. To me, the engineered wood is the most durable siding product you can purchase out there it’s got an insane warranty to back its performance, it’s got an incredible finish warranty on it, it’s easy to maintain, you paint it once with the 30 year off or 30 year warranty that it offers you if you need to go back and paint it while it’s on the house it’s a simple roller or spray application that you can use and it’s easy to do and you get that natural wood look.
Finally the siding that has the least amount of maintenance required to preserve its look is metal siding. Talking siding and exterior design is my favorite thing about my job. I love looking at the outside of a house, mixing and matching different materials, different colors, different textures to communicate the lifestyle of the family that’s going to live there. Do they like the more natural tones of the wood? They’re not afraid of the maintenance? or are they super busy with kids and their careers and everything in that case we’re going to gear them to the most maintenance friendly low maintenance product that we could possibly offer them. People want to live in their home especially out in a place like this in Canmore. You want to live in your home but you want to live outside as well you want to be outside and you want to enjoy it so we want to make sure we’re giving our customers the siding that is going to benefit not only their house as much as possible but their lifestyles.
So one of the most important factors in curb appeal is choosing the right color to complement your house so why we sell the siding we do at mountain view building materials is based on the workability of the product and the choices we can offer our customers in any of the siding that we offer at Mountain View the color spectrum is virtually limitless. One of the finishers that we deal with uses the Sherwin-Williams color palette so literally you could choose any color in the Sherman Williams profile and your siding can be that color. Lux has hundreds of different colors of samples for their metals to choose from. The fiber cement siding have many unique colors even two-tone products to create that real natural wood look on your house all of the sidings that we have at our place have tons of color options for you to make sure you get exactly what you want to enhance the curb appeal of your house. So with all engineered and manufactured products they have stock color offerings. We have multiple colors in our yard that we stock on a regular basis for you to choose from. If those stock colors aren’t your choice, we have unlimited custom color options for you to choose from to make sure your house looks exactly the way you want it to look. When you move away from stock standard colors that these companies produce, you do increase your lead time a little bit on your product, so if you’re building a house and you know it’s going to be a custom color, you’re going to want to order your siding products as soon as possible if you’re needing a quick turnover and you’re doing something to your house like a quick repair my suggestion is to stick to the standard colors order something light and if it isn’t exactly the way you want it to be you can paint it while it’s on your house or before you apply it. So on top of color selection being a deciding factor in the four different kinds of siding that we sell at mountain view building materials the other deciding factor is that all of these siding products work incredibly well in our Alberta climate, be it chinooks, be it the 30 degree summer weather and all of the temperature fluctuations in between, you can rest assured that when you buy your siding products for Mountain View Building Materials that we’ve done the research behind these products. We know that your house is the most important investment that you’ve made in your life we want to make sure that we’re protecting that investment by selling you products that we know are going to work in our environment and we know are going to work in our climate and we know we’re going to give your house the best possible protection that we can. It’s our top priority to do the research necessary to sell you the product that you need to protect your biggest investment. We want to make your home a complete success by using the siding products of Mountain View Building Materials, our products have been researched and tested in our climate and our market to protect your house and protect your investment. Hi everyone, joel here with Mountain View Building Materials. We’re out in beautiful Canmore Alberta to talk to you about my favorite thing; exterior design and siding.
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