Roofers Elite is Maine’s local premium roofing company with firsthand experience of the savage winters that get more intense every year. Given the climate of the northeast, siding becomes a practical decision and not just an aesthetic one. Siding is the primary barrier between the construction of the walls and the outside elements and can even be used to provide extra insulation.

Today, the two siding materials that are considered the best are composite and vinyl siding. Both can stand up against high moisture and frigid temperatures. But what makes these materials stand out amongst the rest? 

Better Insulation Factors

When choosing siding for a northeastern home, it’s a requirement that it has a stellar insulation rating. Insulation rating, also called the R-value, has a maximum rating of R-21 which is the recommended level for the northeast climate. Modern composite and vinyl siding can accommodate this level of foam insulation. Once the insulation is encapsulated, the siding is completed and able to deliver the needed insulation to keep your home comfortable all year long. Not only that, but better insulation means lower utility bills and longer service life out of materials. 

More Suitable for the Environment

Maintaining the aesthetic of a home’s interior can prove to be a difficult endeavor for many homeowners in the northeast. Living near the coast means breezes that carry salty air from the ocean which can cause erosion over time. Aluminum and wood siding can erode rather quickly when not maintained which leaves the building materials beneath them unprotected. Properly installed composite and vinyl siding will stand up to severe weather conditions without fading. These materials are also strong enough to withstand strong winds without any warping or damage.

What Makes Composite and Vinyl Different

Even though both vinyl and composite are extremely popular and effective siding materials, there are some differences that set them apart. Vinyl siding can be lighter but also thinner than composite, making some versions of vinyl not as suitable for the northeast. Composite siding offers a truly watertight option for those far in the northeast and don’t have as temperate of a climate as parts of southern New England. Aesthetically, composite siding works better with cedar shake siding that’s commonly found on northeastern homes. No matter your decision, the right composite or vinyl siding can prove to be extremely low-maintenance and cost-effective.

Roofers Elite knows what it takes for a home’s exterior to thrive during the New England winters. The northeastern climate requires not only the best materials, but the best suppliers as well. For siding and construction needs, the Roofers Elite team knows it can rely on Hammond Lumber Company and it’s 21 locations across Maine. The savings made from this partnership are passed on directly to the customers of Roofers Elite.