What are the sizes of siding?

What are the sizes of siding?

In our country, siding panels are increasingly used for exterior cladding of buildings. They allow you to protect premises from bad weather, as well as give new life to dilapidated buildings..

Material features

So, siding is one of the ways of external cladding of structures, giving decorative, heat-insulating and noise-insulating properties.

The modern market is rich in materials that differ in types, sizes and sheathing options. But first things first. The main criterion when choosing a siding is the material from which the slats are made. When deciding on the latter, you need to rely on the conditions of your climate and, of course, the cost.

There are the following options for making siding:

  • Pvc. The cladding made of these panels can last up to 50 years without undergoing any changes at temperatures ranging from -50 to +50 degrees. The main advantages here are lightness, attractive cost, and also, importantly, ease of maintenance. It is better not to use this type in areas where there are sharp temperature changes. Also, PVC is not highly impact-resistant and emit toxins during combustion. This type can be used for both interior and exterior decoration of the house. You will have to spend 15-20% more on products in dark shades than on light colors..

  • Metal. Very durable siding, it can last more than 50 years, temperature fluctuations will not be able to affect it. If you decide on cladding with metal siding, then get ready to lay out a tidy sum, and also face rust if the integrity of the coating is violated. When burning, it becomes hot, which can increase the temperature in the room..

  • Fiber cement. Its main advantage is that it is able to withstand extreme temperature changes. However, it is quite heavy, difficult to install and has a limited color gamut..

  • Wood. Most often found when decorating old houses. It is very frost-resistant – up to -50 degrees, quite simple to install, has thermal insulation and environmental properties, and also attracts with low cost. Choosing this siding, you will have to apply a protective layer and periodically treat it with antiseptic impregnations..

Also, for external cladding, facade panels are used. Unlike siding, they are made up of multiple layers. Having studied the materials better, appreciating the advantages and disadvantages of each, you can conclude which of the 2 options is yours.

To begin with, siding is most often attached to a special crate or frame., while façade panels can be mounted directly onto the wall. If you want to transform the house from the inside, then use those panels that are intended only for external cladding..

Siding lamellas can be mounted only in the vertical direction, and in shape they are in the form of a rectangle or a strip. Facade panels are attached in any direction, and you can choose absolutely any shape for yourself. Also, they have no size restrictions and can be safely used on both convex and concave surfaces of your room..

However, if you use panels, you need to be careful not to break or damage the thermal insulation layer..

As for the cost, siding will cost 3-8 times cheaper than front panels. Also, if you plan to do the repair yourself, then make a choice in favor of siding, since you will need help to mount the plates..

If you still find it difficult to decide on the choice of material, then you can combine the two types. Facade slabs and siding look great in combination with each other.

Views

Previously, the types of siding were analyzed, their advantages and disadvantages were identified, but now you can get to know each type better.

PVC or vinyl siding – plastic strips of a certain shape. They are easy to use during installation, since they have special locks, with the help of which they are easily connected to each other. Vinyl siding can be attached to the facade of the house using self-tapping screws, for which a special fastening edge with holes is pre-installed. Using this material will help you both decorate your home and insulate it..

According to the method of installation, horizontal and vertical vinyl panels are distinguished, but in use, horizontal ones are still more common..

Modern production does not stand still, so new types of vinyl siding appear:

  • under a log;
  • brick or natural stone.

The latter are also called basement siding. Due to their large thickness, they are very resistant to mechanical and shock influences..

Another reason vinyl siding is so popular is its wide variety of colors. The priority is given to pastel colors, since they are able to combine aesthetic and consumer qualities. If you rely more on designer notes during the repair, then feel free to use a variety of combinations of the color palette.

For outdoor work, metal siding can also be used.. These panels have appeared on the construction market relatively recently, but have already acquired their fans. Externally, it is very difficult to distinguish between metal-plastic and vinyl. The only thing is that metal siding has a more pronounced texture and saturation of the pattern..

If you want the house to look like a structure like a real log, then you can safely use wooden siding.

Here, too, there is much to scatter with a choice:

  • Planken – wooden planks, the edges of which are either beveled or rounded. This type is used for finishing the external facades of buildings and internal rooms. It is also used in the construction of gazebos, fences, terraces..
  • “American” – planks with a wedge-shaped profile. Their use gives the room a design look.
  • Lining. It is durable, easy to install and has an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Block house – wall finishing material that imitates a log cabin.

To solve the problem with the formation of moisture and dampness in the house, it is necessary to ensure good ventilation of the space.. In this case, special roofing panels – soffits (from Italian – ceiling) are perfect. They are attached to any horizontal surface, they also have special locks for connection, which makes them easy to use. In their manufacture, plastic, copper or aluminum are used. But the main advantage is that they have a perforated surface, which protects your home from moisture and damp accumulation..

These facade panels are durable, environmentally friendly, fireproof. Soffits are easy to install and maintain, and can be purchased at an affordable price..

Standards

Siding panels differ not only in the material of manufacture, colors, but also in their dimensions..

Vinyl siding has no standard dimensions. Their thickness varies from 0.9 to 1.2 cm.However, if you plan to use siding for more than 10 years, it is recommended to choose a thickness of 1.1 cm.As for the length, the average dimensions are 3.05-3.75 m. The width of this the type of siding is on average from 220 to 275 mm, however, the working type is considered to be from 200 to 250 mm. Vinyl panel area is 0.65-0.85 m2.

It is easier to decide on the size of wooden siding. Wood panels are a rather whimsical look. Therefore, if you do not follow the standard specified dimensions, you may encounter deformation of the boards..

The standard sizes of wood siding are as follows:

  • thickness – 4 cm;
  • width – from 9 to 18 cm;
  • length – from 2 to 6 m;
  • area – 0.55-0.88 m2.

As for metal siding, it can be purchased in any length, since the facade material is initially made in the form of strips, and then it is already cut to order..

On average, its thickness varies from 5 to 13 mm, and its length is from 0.5 to 6 m. The width of the metal siding is from 190 to 210 mm, the working width will be from 170 to 190 mm. Area – 0.25-3 m2.

Siding from a basement material repeats various types of stone, so its average thickness is from 17 to 24 mm. There are panels from 1.1 to 1.15 m in length. The average width is from 445 to 452 mm. Basement siding area – 0.45-0.51 m2.

If the choice when facing the house fell in favor of fiber cement siding, then its average dimensions are as follows:

  • thickness – from 6 to 35 mm;
  • length – from 0.45 to 3.6 m;
  • height – from 305 to 1500 mm;
  • area from 1.2 to 2.5 m2.

When repairing, feel free to experiment with the dimensions of the cladding and create unusual layouts. When buying, pay attention to the cost – it will depend on the country of the manufacturer. Materials produced in Russia are more affordable in terms of price policy, however, they are almost in no way inferior in quality to foreign manufacturers.

What are the options for cladding?

People can face the issue of house cladding in different situations. For example, some building materials initially have an unattractive look that you want to hide behind decorative elements. Others may lose their attraction over time. Also, the possibility of cracks formation on the walls of buildings is not excluded, the traces of repair of which remain visible to the naked eye..

When decorating a house, I want to do everything in the shortest possible time, inexpensively and so that the result pleases not only myself, but also passers-by.

When choosing a material, you must remember about its vapor permeability.. The selected exterior cladding should conduct steam better than the material of the walls of the house. Violation of this principle can lead to the accumulation of moisture, decay of the material, as a result of which the wall or the finish itself will collapse..

Only one type of cladding can fulfill all the requirements – this is wood. However, if there is a desire to use other material, there is a solution..

In the first case, a small ventilated gap of approximately 70-130 mm must be left between the finish and the wall. Maintain air inlets at the bottom and air outlets at the top. In this case, moisture from the walls will be removed and your home will not suffer..

In the second option, you need to attach the sheathing directly to the wall, but before that it is important to make sure that the latter is protected by a good vapor barrier.

There are several types of building cladding:

  • Under the plaster. It is usually used on flat reinforced concrete and brick walls..
  • With the use of lathing. Used in both one and two layers.

And, of course, when choosing a cladding, decorative models are distinguished, which include siding, thermal panels, ceramic or facade masonry.

As for thermal panels, they have appeared relatively recently on the modern market, but have already managed to win love and popularity among buyers. The basis of thermal panels is polyurethane foam or expanded polystyrene. Thermal panels have high thermal insulation properties, which helps to preserve the wall material. This type of cladding protects the insulation, is easy to install and can serve the owners for up to 60 years, while retaining its original appearance.

The choice of cladding options is quite wide. However, you still do not need to forget about the climatic features of your region, as well as the material of the structure of your house. The choice of cladding is really worth taking seriously, taking into account both aesthetic preferences and financial capabilities..

Beautiful examples for inspiration

Finally, I would like to share interesting photos of delightfully beautiful buildings..

How to choose a siding, see the next video..

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