Four siding materials for the Canadian climate

Siding project winter

The weather determines what kind of clothes we wear, or vehicles we drive. It also determines the type of siding recommended withstanding the fluctuations in temperatures that occur between the winter and the summer.

What are the materials that you should consider for the cladding of your house? A Google search shows us many options from materials, shapes, and price.

According to Wikipedia, siding is the protective material attached to the exterior side of a wall of a house or other building. Along with the roof, it forms the first line of defense against the elements, most importantly sun, rain/snow, heat, and cold, thus creating a stable, more comfortable environment on the interior side.

In some areas of the Lower Mainland, temperature variations range from -2º in January to 28º or higher in August. The hours of sunlight are long in the summer, and in the winter it frequently rains and occasionally snows. These climate conditions largely determine what the ideal cladding material is for a house.

The cladding is the protective barrier against the elements, which makes the house more comfortable, safe, and economical. Homes where the siding is damaged (or where the wrong type is installed), may experience hikes in electricity bills in the winter. To avoid this, it is advisable to carry out a visual inspection of the siding to detect breaks and air leaks.

Vinyl Siding

In spite of a small reflective surface, the vinyl siding still got wrecked.

We have mentioned that vinyl is commonly used in Canada due to its low cost, variety of colors and designs, minimal maintenance (No paint required), and ease of installation.

Why is vinyl popular?

It resists water and is durable, dirt and fungi are easily removed with a pressure washer, it resists fading and it has a low price point.  On the “Cons” side, it can easily break or fracture with extreme temperatures and may warp over time.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum panels installed by 8 Diamonds Siding

This material is very popular with builders, architects, and designers looking for a practical low-cost solution to apply in commercial or industrial buildings.

Aluminum panels can withstand extreme temperatures better than vinyl and it comes in different colors. Humidity or wet weather does not affect or rust it, making it the ideal material for projects near the ocean. The longevity of the material is one of the strengths, but in some cases, color can fade. Aluminum siding comes with a high price compared to other siding materials.

One aspect to consider in aluminum siding is that it can be damaged or marked easily after being hit with a stone or flying debris.

Wood Siding

8 Diamonds Siding proudly executes siding jobs in the Lower Mainland

One of the classic cladding materials that have stood the test of time. It is our preferred material since it is available in different types of wood, shapes, and colors. You can choose between horizontal and vertical boards that will allow you to combine styles to achieve a very attractive design.

Take into account the climate where you live, as the options you have can become very limited if you live in a climate of extreme temperatures. Cedar and redwood shakes don’t need finishing and can be even more durable if treated with primer. It is important not to forget that the key to a long life is to apply wood treatment or a sealant.

The advantages of wood are several. Among them are the aesthetic aspect, the variety of options, the ease of replacement in case of breakage, and being able to apply stain or paint. Speaking of the disadvantages, we can mention the need to paint it every 3 or 4 years to avoid potential damage such as cracks or rot. If it is not properly sealed, moisture can cause very serious and costly problems to solve.

The cost will depend on the type of wood you want to place as well as its location since the proximity to the source of production determines its cost.

Fiber cement siding 

Siding project completed by 8 Diamonds Siding

The material is composed of cement, sand, and recycled wood fiber. It is an extremely durable material that resembles other materials such as cedar but at a reduced price, with less maintenance.
Among the advantages of fiber cement is the ability to repel insects, (Thanks to sand and cement), to resist moisture, wind, and fire.

The fiber cement is ideal for climates with a lot of temperature variation of extreme heat and cold. Another advantage is that the paint applied lasts longer than ordinary wood. The drawback is that the cost may be higher due to its installation difficulty.

We are a siding contractor serving the Greater Vancouver area, and have been an accredited BBB business since 2016 with an A+ rating. If you would like to discuss your siding project, call (604)423-2440 or click here to email us. We look forward to working with you in your next siding project.


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