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Basic Construction in Minneapolis: Composite Siding

When you’re taking up construction in Minneapolis or elsewhere, you more than likely have some grand vision for your next building. But no matter where you go, all of the same rules apply. We’re not just talking about the standard most people associate with building (four walls and a roof), but to the laws which dictate how a pile of lumber and metal turns into four walls and a roof. No matter where you go, these rules apply.

Take, for example, wall construction. You need supporting beams, some long and powerful nails to hold them together, insulation, and, finally, siding. Siding is probably the most important aspect of wall construction—at least, as far as the consumer is concerned—as the type of siding you use dictates the aesthetic of your home and also the types of responsibilities you take up regarding maintenance. There are many types of siding available, but for this post, we will be focusing directly on the pros and cons of composite siding, one of the most popular types out there.

What You Need to Know

Pros. Composite siding comes in all shapes and sizes. It is renowned for being as versatile as it is simple. Composite generates a lot of comparisons to vinyl siding, which you will find on the large majority of houses, but carries many added benefits that vinyl cannot have. Composite siding is much thicker and more durable than vinyl, meaning that it won’t bend as much or suffer damage over long periods of time. Composite is also easier to paint and the color stick around for much longer, giving it many benefits after construction. Minneapolis residents can also take comfort in the fact that composite siding is capable of keeping out the elements well as composite systems are interlocking, keeping the walls flat.

Cons.There are some issues with composite siding you should be aware of. For starters, you definitely want to avoid this if you are environmentally conscious. This type of siding is a petroleum-based product and manufacturing in particular releases a lot of toxins into the environment. Composite siding is also more expensive than many other siding materials and is also more labor-intensive despite being lightweight and easy to install. But the biggest turn-off for people looking at new siding is: It has the same plastic-y look that vinyl has, which causes many people to look at alternatives.

To be sure, composite is not a bad choice if you want to upgrade your current siding. It protects your home quite well, can be painted over easily, and it is easy to maintain following installation. If you are looking at a new home project in construction, if Minneapolis is your city, feel free to contact us to learn more about new siding and the different materials that come with it.