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The Upside and Downside of Siding

November 5th, 2011 · No Comments

There are many different types of sidings or veneers used for houses.  There are some advantages and disadvantages of each one.  Being a home inspector in Charlotte NC I have seen them all over the last 15 years inspecting.  Brick siding is my favorite but it is probabaly the most expensive as well.  It doesn’t take much settling for brick to crack either.  Vinyl siding isvery popular now because its relatively inexpensive and you don’t have to paint it.  The bad thing about vinyl though is it has very little insulation value and it can melt or crack in very hot or very cold conditions.  Masonite is what you see in the picture above and it also is relative inexpensive and has insulation value but it too has some downsides.  If moisture gets in behind it it will deteriorate it like you see in the picture above.  There is a relative new siding out there hardiplank which is a composite that seems to have good durability and “R” value but may not hold paint on it very well.  We will have to see over time how it holds up.  When choosing a siding for your home just remember the pro’s and con’s of each.

Preston Sandlin and Home Inspection Carolina have providing thorough quality home inspections in the Charlotte NC area for over 15 years.  Preston has a masters’ degree in Education and has taught Home Inspection classes for years.  He also is a certified infrared thermographer.  Home Inspection Carolina has  been on TV many times and has a Charlotte Home Inspector radio show .  So you are in need of a home inspection in Charlotte NC, Gastonia NC, Weddington NC, Mooresville NC, Fort Mill SC or Rock Hill SC call Home Inspection Carolina (704) 542-6575.


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