Types of Siding by Greg Martineau

JAMES HARDIE SIDING

Fibre Cement Siding

Long-lasting good looks

James Hardie siding is GMP's recommendation for durability and aesthetic appeal. Though more expensive than vinyl, HardiePlankĀ® has several advantages in a harsh climate like Calgary.

Hardie siding is twice as thick as vinyl, is flame-resistant and able to withstand winds up to 150 mph. Perhaps the best aspect of Hardie siding, which is made from fibre cement, is that colour is baked on at the factory, meaning that the paint finish is very slow to fade. Homeowners are attracted to the 30 year warranty.

You can choose from a wide range of matching or complementary colours. Hardie stucco and wood textures are very realistic. Hardie siding comes in batten and board styles, but also as shingle and shakes, straight and staggered.


VINYL SIDING

Vinyl Siding

Straightforward, low-cost option

Vinyl panels are durable, able to withstand hurricane force winds up to 240mph. Homeowners don't need to paint them, as they resist fading, cracking and peeling and are easily washed clean.

GMP supplies a reliable, heavy gauge product from Royal Woodland in 12 and 16 foot lengths as batten or board with profiles that give a good shadow line. They come with a double lifetime warranty, including colour and hail protection. The Royal Woodland product comes in 28 practical and popular colours. Homeowners can also achieve an acceptable natural wood effect with the low-gloss cedar woodgrain option.

Hail damage, rot and paint fading or flaking means that wooden siding is losing its appeal. If you prefer a low-maintenance life, vinyl means no wood filler, sanding or painting.