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Cement stucco  is within the reach of the homeowner as well as the corporate budget. Cement stucco grows stronger with age, and is fully resistant to rot, deterioration and aggressive chemicals in the atmosphere, such as acid rain. Cement stucco is an easy retrofit and is an ideal medium for restoring the older home. It is resistant to abuse, the color is integral and permanent, this eliminates the need for painting, it can be simply cleaned with mild soap and garden hose. Cement stucco when properly applied over wood, frame, brick, block or monolithic concrete, is adaptable to every type of architecture. The true character of cement stucco provided by companies such as California, Royal State and StoCorp is made even more beautiful when complemented by textures, which are only limited to the skill and imagination of the plasterer.

Vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for a house, used for decoration and weatherproofing, imitating wood clapboard, and used instead of other materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding. It is an engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.

There are many advantages to covering the exterior of your home with vinyl siding by companies like Certainteed, ABC Supply and Alside. It lowers yearly upkeep and maintenance costs, increases energy efficiency and it can even increase the value of your home. Vinyl siding also allows you to completely change the appearance of your home since it's designed to cover whatever exterior currently exists on your house.

Vinyl siding also has many features that provide families with the ability to customize the look of their house. Some of the most notable are the various color options and patterns that are available. These two features can be used in any combination to create modern, contemporary or even historical themes.

Hardie Board Siding

Hardie board siding is very popular these days, and it is always billed as a low-maintenance, long-lasting material. But does it measure up to its reputation?

Hardie board siding has been around forever, but its popularity seems to come in streaks. Typically billed as a low-maintenance, long-lasting material, yet does it measure up to its reputation? Here are the pros, cons, and costs of Hardie board siding to see how it looks under scrutiny.

  • Longevity Most Hardie board siding comes with a 50-year, limited transferrable warranty. And according to Smart Homeowner.com, "this type of siding is completely rot and insect resistant, and can even handle the corrosive environment of salt spray near the ocean."
  • Appearance Hardie board siding can be made to mimic just about any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and wood shake siding. Tim Carter of AskTheBuilder.com writes that "your color options are virtually unlimited." These colors are typically accompanied by a 10 to15 year warranty on the finish.
  • Fire Resistance Freddy Scharf, technical services manager for James Hardie Building Products, states that fiber cement siding "is comprised of more than 90% sand and cement, making it inherently resistant to flames." Case in point, a St. Paul Minnesota house fire torched two fire trucks parked 60 feet away, but the fiber cement-clad home next door, 50 feet away, remained unscathed.
  • Storm Resistance Whether you're looking for a siding material that can withstand the next Katrina, or one that can fend off the next summer hailstorm without sustaining damage, fiber cement siding is a proven commodity in the weather department.
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