Composite siding is a building material that has recently been in the forefront of the news due to the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy in England. Commonly used in residential and commercial structures as an exterior finish, this siding is available made from numerous types of materials. Designed to protect from the elements while providing an aesthetically pleasing surface, many of these once resilient materials eventually become worn down and damaged due to their age and exposure to the elements. C4U Inspections proudly serves the Okanagan Valley specializing in residential, commercial and strata construction. Our dedicated crew can give you the lowdown on your current composite siding and help you determine if it is up to today’s safety standards.
Composite Siding Materials
Abundant in a variety of textures, styles and colours, it is easy to see why composite siding has become a top choice for contractors and homeowners. Cedar and pine scrap wood particles were initially utilized to provide a uniform look. However, these items subsequently became an issue with termites and their ability to absorb water and deteriorate. OSB or oriented strand board is comprised of sawdust with an added bonding agent added to provide strength and durability. Besides fire, another main issue with this type of composite siding is that it can swell with accumulated water and disintegrate fairly fast. Resembling wood at a fraction of the cost, OSB has gained popularity. Of course any siding relying on wood components is susceptible to fire and can fiercely spread with catastrophic results. There are many composite siding companies currently on hold as they review the safety of their products.
Fiber Cement Siding
This is a heavier product that is constructed from a combination of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. While fiber cement siding may be considered safer in terms of fire, there are common surface irregularities that may allow water seepage or foundation cracks to occur. Considered a poor thermal conductor, this product can deteriorate faster among certain climates.
Main Disadvantages of Composite Siding Materials
Additionally known as cladding, hardboard or weatherboard, composite siding is may be an extreme fire hazard and become prone to cracking or buckling; allowing moisture to become out of control if a leak develops. Often chosen in terms of overall cost; composite siding materials need to be thoroughly investigated to ensure personal safety is not traded for the bottom line. If you are unsure on the status of your property or how many years of protection remain, C4U Inspections can get to the bottom of all of your questions and concerns.
C4U Home Inspections Provides the Answers You Need
If you are in the process of relocating or purchasing any residential or commercial space, book your inspection to ensure safety remains a top priority. It is helpful to review building construction and even strata minutes to determine the material composition and lifespan. Moving into an aged facility that is up against new siding is something that is imperative to know ahead of time. This knowledge can dramatically influence your lifestyle, your budget and your personal safety. Plan ahead and enjoy some peace of mind by having a thorough inspection report delivered from our dedicated team. We look forward to helping you and your family stay safe and secure today and in the future.