Pros and Cons of Clapboard Siding And Vinyl Siding

August 18, 2021
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Pros and Cons of Clapboard Siding And Vinyl Siding

Clapboard siding is sometimes referred to as wood plank siding, or beveled wood siding. Vinyl is without a doubt the most popular material in the United States. Homeowners want to install this siding on their houses since it is a low-cost, very adaptable, and low-maintenance material. However, like everything else, vinyl and clapboard have benefits and drawbacks, which we'll discuss further on.

Which would be more costlier: vinyl or clapboard siding?

Vinyl ranges in price from $2 to $7 per square foot. For a typical two-story home, the cost of materials and installation is expected to range between $6,000 and $13,000.

Vinyl siding is a strong option that is available in a variety of colors and textures. Because the color is baked into the material, any bumps, dents, or scratches will not be visible. Because vinyl siding is lightweight and a popular choice, homeowners frequently have it installed directly over their existing materials. Because it is simple to install, vinyl siding can be completed quickly, saving the homeowner thousands of dollars in labor costs.

Clapboard siding is priced between $6 and $9 per square foot. For a typical two-story house, the cost plus labor is expected to range from $15,000 to $24,000. 

Clapboard is a form of wood siding that is commonly available in long, narrow boards and is a timeless, easy-to-install, and visually pleasing option. Choose a variety of wood types and finishes for a rustic, natural or modern vibe.

Pros of Vinyl Siding

  • Installation is simple.
  • It requires minimal maintenance than wood.
  • Painting is not required.
  • There are a variety of styles and colors to choose from, and they are not impacted by moisture or humidity.
  • It's possible to use it with foam insulation.
  • Long-lasting - lasts for 40 years
  • More resistant to insects
  • Inexpensive

Cons of Vinyl Siding

  • In the winter, cracks may appear.
  • When subjected to heat, it melts.
  • It's possible that it'll impact your resale value.
  • Not good for the environment.
  • There are fewer aesthetic alternatives.

Pros of Clapboard Siding

  • Several different styles are available.
  • There are numerous options for installation.
  • Extreme temperatures have no effect on it.
  • Has a high return on investment (ROI) and preserves its value.
  • Environmentally friendly
  • It lasts between 20 and 40 years.

Cons of Clapboard Siding

  • Wood-eating insects are a threat.
  • Maintenance costs are higher.
  • Painting/scraping is required, making insulation more challenging.
  • Moisture has an impact
  • Installation is more difficult and costly.

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