Commercial & Industrial Siding
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your business properties, changing the siding is a great solution. Improving the exterior siding look would definitely catch the eye of your associates or of anyone passing by your lot. If your building exterior is looking a little worse for the wear, you can improve its appearance and energy efficiency with just one project having new siding installed.
Siding is the exterior most covering of a building which defines the style of the exterior of your building. It is applied to shed water, protect the construction from being affected from harsh climatic conditions, and to add aesthetic value to the structure.
Before & After
Fiber cement siding is a highly durable composite material made from cement, ground sand, cellulose fiber, select additives and water. It does not contain asbestos, glass fibers or formaldehyde.
The cellulose is added to give the material strength which prevents the material from cracking. The mixture is then subjected to intensive autoclaving (heating). This baking process is followed by a high temperature steam curing process. The whole purpose of the process is to ensure strength and dimensional stability.
The fiber cement sheets are made to match the desired thickness and a wood grain is imprinted. They are either coated or painted in the factory or installed and then painted after installation.These panels are designed for easy installation and usually take a contractor less time to install and a priced to suit almost any budget. This is what makes this product one of the most popular and widely used siding products on the market for industrial and commercial use.
Fiber cement is popular for its realistic look, durability, and fire resistance. Composite siding products containing cellulose (wood fibers) have been shown to have problems with deterioration, de-lamination, or loss of coating adhesion in certain climates or under certain environmental conditions.
No matter which type of siding you opt for, make sure you choose high-quality products. James Hardie® Fiber Cement Siding has become one of the leaders in this industry and are not only durable and affordable, but also aesthetically appealing. Also, trust the installation to a certified contractor who gets the job done right the first time.
Metal siding comes in a variety of metals, styles, and colors. It is most often associated with modern, industrial, and retro buildings.
Through the years metal siding/roofing has not been looked highly upon mainly because of its perceived aesthetic inferiority.
However steel siding is experiencing a bit of a resurgence with modern home designs.
Steel siding is considered especially green because it is made up of a very high percentage of recycled materials and it can last 20 years without repainting and can last many times longer with simple regular maintenance to seal any scratches that might begin to cause rust.
Utilitarian buildings often use corrugated galvanized steel sheet siding or cladding, which often has a colored vinyl finish. Corrugated aluminium cladding is also common where a more durable finish is required.
Aluminum and steel siding may be considered a step up from vinyl in durability, but it’s plagued with its own limitations. It is a worse insulator than vinyl, dents easily and is very difficult to repair.
Fabral siding is one of the leader in the industry in metal.
People undertake stone siding as they wish to lend an elegant and natural look to their property with the use of stones. Out all of the options for external siding, brick, is the only type to offer zero maintenance. It is incredibly strong and versatile and will add stability and structure to any property.
The only downfalls with brick are its high costs to both buy and install, as it requires more work than the other siding options. However, once installed it will last the lifetime of the building, if not longer and will never require any maintenance bar its initial coat of weather proofing.
A predecessor to modern maintenance free sidings was asphalt brick siding. Asphalt impregnated panels (about 2 feet by 4 feet) gave the appearance of brick or even stone. Though many buildings still have this siding, especially old sheds and garages, the new and modern rage is the faux brick.
Faux Stone Siding is an inexpensive way by means of which property owners get a natural stone look for the exteriors.
Faux Stone is different from Stone Veneer as it is made from concrete to which pigments are added to make it look like real. The biggest advantage of faux stone is that one can find a huge variety of colors in it which is not found in any other type of artificial stone.
Due to its robustness and durability, people like to install faux stone siding which not only enhance the beauty of the walls of their home but also create an attractive outlook subsequently. The point here is that this type of Man Made stone siding efficiently serves the purpose of creating natural look of stones.
However, for those that want the real thing it is vital to remember when installing brick siding, to use a weather proof barrier in between the siding and base materials to ensure no water or damp can seep into the structure itself. Because brick is a natural, and subsequently porous substance; those who do live in areas with adverse weather could experience issues with damp seeping into their bricks. This can lead to staining of the bricks, or worse, damaging the structural integrity of the bricks themselves.
Regardless of having to apply a single coat of weather proofer, bricks are incredibly low maintenance, so low that they do not even require maintenance after an initial weatherproofing. It is incredibly common for brick sidings to last longer than the actual materials a house was originally built from, offering a superb amount of value for the initial high cost of brick siding. It is highly unlikely that you will ever have to replace a brick due to damage, because bricks are not easily broken and you won’t have to worry about cracks, dents or punctures too.
Whether faux or real, brick and stone sidings are a very attractive siding.