The rest and relaxation every beach house offers are unparalleled. But their exterior’s durability and maintenance requirements vary based on your choice of siding material.
Whether your home is ocean-side or surrounded by a buffer of trees, your beach house is subject to prolonged humidity. So, while looking at siding options for your Los Angeles or San Diego beach house, take the salt, sand, and moisture into consideration as they are the biggest culprits for aging your home’s exterior.
Let’s explore some of the best siding choices for beach houses.
Siding Replacement Options for Your Beach House
Your beach house may face high winds, tropical systems, and even hurricanes during its lifetime, yet one thing is certain… It will encounter moisture—constantly. How do you prepare for the inevitable? Which siding will deliver the best long-term results?
James Hardie siding
The top brand of fiber cement siding is Hardie siding, America’s most popular siding product. Here’s why it’s a solid choice for your California beach house:
- Durability—While Hardie siding contains cement, sand, and cellulose, a highly researched proprietary blend of ingredients is also included in this brand of fiber cement, making it the most popular fiber cement product on the market. It’s tough and matches the durability of brick, making it an ideal choice for a beach house.
- Moisture resistance—Hardie siding protects your home from the elements with its perfectly “engineered for climate” makeup, designed specifically to stand up to the coastal weather elements. You won’t be disappointed in Hardie’s amazing HZ10 product. It provides consistently reliable durability. Made to withstand the salty sea air of the coast and the brutal humid heat of the deep south, it resists splitting, cracking, and swelling even after a hot, humid, and tropical storm season. It can also withstand hurricane-force winds and is naturally fire-resistant.
- Maintenance—Low-maintenance James Hardie siding withstands the heat of summer without warping or melting. Its factory-applied finish comes with a 15-year warranty, giving you much simpler upkeep than other siding products!
Versatile stone veneer can be used for your full exterior or as an accent to highlight your home’s unique features.
- Durability—Stone veneer is a “faux stone” manufactured out of cement and natural aggregates. It’s as beautiful and sturdy as the natural rock it emulates. When properly installed, stone veneer siding can last for decades (up to 75 years). It resists wind up to 110 mph.
- Moisture resistance—Stone veneer delivers moisture resistance with its built-in rain screen.
- Maintenance—Stone veneer is much lighter, easier to install, and more affordable than real stone. It’s a low-maintenance siding choice that stands up to the elements with ease. Simply wash it a couple of times a year, and it will maintain its beauty over the years.
While we get asked about vinyl siding, while it is a cost-effective option, its performance isn’t ideal for a beach house.
- Durability—Vinyl siding is attractive, yet if it isn’t installed correctly, it can expand, contract, crack, bulge, and warp. It lasts 20-30 years, depending on the climate it is in.
- Moisture resistance—Vinyl siding is prone to breakage, making your home potentially vulnerable to moisture intrusion, rot, and mold.
- Maintenance—Vinyl doesn’t need to be repainted, but it requires more repairs than other materials.
Siding Solutions You Can Trust
Investing in your beach property’s exterior should be seamless. At Approved Contractor, we stay on the cutting edge of technology so you get the maximum installation benefits.
While your siding material choice is a vital ingredient in your satisfaction with its performance, the way it is installed has everything to do with its longevity.
We specialize in siding installation, emphasizing training—with certifications to show we’ve mastered the manufacturer’s best practices.