Wednesday, May 16, 2007
A Few weeks ago, I was talking about the exciting new colors my wife and I were going to paint our house this summer. Then, we found out we had termites and carpenter ants living in our yard. It is for that reason, that I have to get everyone's opinion regarding our newest project. We have unfortunately discovered that our original masonite siding has been destroyed by carpenter ants. Thankfully, they have never gotten into the house, and everything underneath the siding is perfectly fine...it's just that the siding is irreparable. So now, we have decided to replace all of the siding on our home, except for the "decorative" vertical cedar siding on the front of the house which, by the way, is completely unscathed.
We are now faced with making a decision on what type of siding to use. We have already gotten bids from several contractors for four different types of siding:
I've listed the four above in the order of total cost to replace, with wood being the most expensive, and metal being the least expensive.
There are many pros and cons to each siding, as I'm sure many of you already know. However, after receiving the bids and researching extensively, we have decided against wood (too expensive) and metal (too cheap and doesn't hold up well in our climate). This leaves us with fiber-cement and vinyl.
Yes, I know that most of you think that vinyl is the anti-Christ of sidings, but I've done my research on it, so I am fully aware of its pros and cons. On the other hand, I really love the fiber cement. I love that it's just like wood, only without the maintenance. The only problem with the fiber cement siding is that it costs about $3,000 more than vinyl, and it has to be painted.
What do I do? Wouldn't you agree that anything is better than carpenter ant infested, rotting masonite (which actually is worse than any of the sidings mentioned above). Thanks for reading this...I just felt the need to put this all "out there".
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