Clapboard consists of long boards made of wood which are applied horizontally and overlapping. Traditionally made of wood, clapboard siding can also be made from other materials.
New siding for your home is an investment. Weigh the pros and cons of each type of material the clapboard is made of. If your budget can withstand the initial investment, buying clapboard siding made of quality materials which last the longest will save you a great deal of money in the long run. Maintenance requirements are also an important factor.
Wood clapboard is traditional, initially inexpensive and requires a great deal of preventative maintenance. While wood clapboard can provide a desired rustic look, it is also attractive to animals and insects.
Vinyl options start at cheap and end at expensive so be sure to compare quality before choosing. Good quality vinyl siding provides the look of traditional clapboard but without the high maintenance. Vinyl, regardless of quality, should always last longer than wood. Vinyl siding should never need painting.
Aluminum is comparable to vinyl but has the disadvantages of denting and scratching more easily. Aluminum siding will need painted but much less often than wood.
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