September 11, 2020

Replacing Exterior Siding

Changing the exterior siding of your home is a long-term investment that should not be overlooked. It’s important to know the various materials on the market in order to properly protect your walls against water infiltration, parasites and other inconveniences.

Depending on the size of your property, it can cost between $20,000 and $100,000 to replace the siding, depending on the choice of material and the contractor. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the main materials.


Wood fibre

Wood fibre is often recommended for its nice appearance, low price and the fact that it’s environmentally friendly.

Advantages

  • Recommended by Écohabitation for its durability and renewable raw material
  • UV resistant
  • Average resistance to bad weather, temperature variations, mould and pests
  • Affordable
  • Average lifespan of 30 years
  • Customizable, including a beautiful wood appearance

Disadvantages

  • Requires maintenance
  • A little difficult to install




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Aluminium

Aluminum is generally used for upper floors, as it can be sensitive to impact.

Advantages

  • One of the most affordable options
  • Good lifespan of 40 years
  • Easy to maintain
  • Recyclable and sustainable
  • Wide range of colours
  • Good weather resistance

Disadvantages

  • Low resistance to impacts
  • Possible discolouration


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Brick and natural stone

This is the most expensive option but also the most durable, which explains its popularity in Quebec. The foundation of the property must be strong enough to support the weight.

Advantages

  • Recommended by Écohabitation for its durability
  • Best lifespan, approximately 75 years
  • Very resistant to weathering, fire, mould and pests
  • Low maintenance

Disadvantages

  • The most expensive option
  • Requires repointing of bricks every 25 years
  • Installation is complex and must be done by a professional
  • Heavy, therefore requires a structurally sound house


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Metal, steel and sheet metal

It is one of the heaviest materials, so the frame of the house must be strong.

Advantages

  • Recommended by Écohabitation for its great durability and the fact that it can be recycled
  • Low maintenance
  • Very resistant to weathering, mould, pests and sunlight.
  • Customizable, including a beautiful wood appearance

Disadvantages

  • Very expensive, more expensive than wood
  • Heavy, therefore requires a strong house structure


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Wood

  • Wood siding can be chemically treated or torrefied. This means that it has been heated in an oven to remove moisture.
  • Advantages
  • Recommended by Écohabitation for its great durability, the abundant quantity of the material in Quebec and the fact that little pollution is generated in its manufacturing
  • Lifespan of between 25 and 50 years
  • Customizable

Disadvantages

  • Quite expensive
  • Low resistance to temperature changes, fire and mould
  • Requires a lot of maintenance
  • Possible discolouration
  • Not allowed in all towns and municipalities


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Vinyle (PVC)

This is a very popular material in Quebec, although it is less used elsewhere.

Advantages

  • Most affordable option
  • Good lifespan of 40 years
  • Resistant to scratches, impacts and pests
  • Most popular option in Quebec
  • Customizable

Disadvantages

  • Low resistance to bad weather, temperature changes, fire and mould
  • Possible discolouration
  • Not environmentally friendly and rarely recycled
  • Requires good maintenance


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Fiber cement

There can be a large difference in quality depending on the company you choose. As much as this material can be very durable, it can degrade quickly if it is of poor quality.

Advantages

  • Affordable
  • Good lifespan of 40 years
  • Resistant to weathering, fire and mould
  • Factory colour lasts longer
  • Easy to maintain

Disadvantages

  • Not recommended by the Ordre des architectes du Québec, because of the disadvantages if the product is of low quality
  • Possible cracks and discolouration
  • Its manufacturing causes pollution
  • Complex installation, must be done by a professional


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See also :

Choosing a Renovation Professional

Tout savoir sur les armoires de cuisine

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