Liquid siding is an alternative siding option that, like its name suggests, is applied to the side of your home as a liquid before hardening. Liquid siding is materially similar to vinyl siding, but due to its distinct method of application, it carries with it a unique set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding what liquid siding has to offer your home can help you decide whether or not it's the right choice for your needs.
The Advantages of Liquid Siding
Aesthetic Appeal: Liquid siding provides a unique aesthetic to your home. Because it is applied as a liquid, there are no ridges or bumps on your siding, creating a smooth and clean appearance on the side of your home. Additionally, as it is made out of vinyl, it can come in a wide range of colors, which means you can easily customize your siding to match the aesthetic of the rest of your home.
Low Maintenance: Since liquid siding is colored itself, and not applied with a paint or coating, you won't need to regularly reapply paint for your siding to maintain its appearance. Additionally, the smooth surface of liquid siding means that it's harder for dirt and grime to get stuck on your siding and harder for water to get stuck within your siding, reducing the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Simple cleaning with a pressure washer is more than enough to keep your liquid siding looking brand new.
Ease of Installation: The installation process for liquid siding is fairly straightforward, comprising of the application of an undercoat and then the finish coat on the sides of your home. Because this process is fairly simple, it can be done quickly, saving you both time and money.
The Disadvantages of Liquid Siding
Unknown Lifespan: As a fairly new innovation in the siding market, it is not yet known how long liquid siding can last before it has to be replaced. While the actual lifespan will depend on the weather conditions it is exposed to, as a general rule of thumb, check to see the warranty that is included with your liquid siding to get an estimate of how long it should last.
Reaction to Moisture: Though it should provide a watertight seal around your home, if it is improperly installed, water can become trapped beneath your liquid siding. This translates into water damage and promotes mold and mildew growth, which can be a serious health hazard. For this reason, you should hire a contractor to install your liquid siding and avoid trying to install it yourself.
For more information about various siding options, contact a company like Don Snider Roofing.