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Is Vinyl or Fiber Cement better? How to Choose Your New Home Exterior

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Which is a better new home exterior siding type, Vinyl or Fiber Cement?

How to Choose Your New Home Exterior in North Carolina


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1. Vinyl Exteriors

Vinyl exterior siding is usually composed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride).

Vinyl siding is popular because it is:

 - Cost effective

 - Very low maintenance (never needs repainting and can be easily cleaned if necessary)

 - Available in a wide variety of colors, tones, and thicknesses (with thickness being one factor of overall cost)

- Easily "dressed up" with accents like Shakes and Board/Batt


2. Fiber Cement Exteriors

Hardi Exterior

Fiber cement is another popular choice for North Carolina new homes.

Fiber cement siding is sought after because it is:

-designed to mimic the look and feel of wood grain

- stronger than traditional wood siding and able to withstand the elements (weather, heat, termites)

- able to be painted in an infinite array of colors


Fiber Cement siding does require much more regular maintenance than vinyl siding, including full repainting.

Fiber cement siding accents can come in many different shapes and styles (such as Board and Batt and Shake).

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes, so check with the neighborhood HOA or your builder for specific restrictions.


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Most Popular New Home Exteriors | Exterior Siding Types

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 02, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Most Popular North Carolina New Home Exteriors

Exterior Siding Types

What are the most popular new home exterior types used in North Carolina?

There are many different types of exterior siding materials available when building a new home in North Carolina.

Below are descriptions of some of the most popular exterior siding types in NC. Each of the custom Stanton Homes pictured below use two or more exterior types to add dimension, emphasis, and detail.

1. Vinyl Exteriors

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Vinyl siding (composed of PVC or polyvinyl chloride) is a very popular exterior type used in North Carolina.

It can be cost effective, require low maintenance, and come in a variety of shades, tones, and thicknesses.  A high quality vinyl exterior looks great and has one of the lowest maintanence factors of all exterior siding types.

Vinyl is generally installed horizontally, but can also be vertical (such as in Board and Batt designs, described below).


2. HardiBoard/Fiber Cement Exteriors

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HardiBoard or Fiber Cement Siding is another popular choice for North Carolina new homes. Fiber cement looks similar to vinyl, but can generally be more expensive for a few reasons:

 - it has a realistic wood grain look and feel

 - it is installed differently

- it requires full exterior paint, which vinyl siding does not


HardiBoard/fiber cement also requires re-painting unlike vinyl. It can come in many different shapes and styles (such as Board and Batt and Shake).

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes. Fiber cement siding usually comes with a 50 year warrenty, depending on the manufacturer.

3. Stone Exteriors

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Stone exteriors can be natural stone or simulated stone, and is generally the most expensive type of home exterior.

Many North Carolina homeowners choose to add stone as an accent, in combination with vinyl, Hardi, or brick exteriors. Stone accents can be:

 - one or more full walls (generally on the front of the home)

 - half walls or water tables along the front and side of a home (generally about 2-4 feet tall spans)

4. Brick Exteriors

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Brick exteriors (composed of clay bricks) are a classic exterior that remains popular for their durability, strength, and low maintenance.

There are many different shapes, colors, sizes, and styles of brick to choose from.

 A "standard" brick is 2 by 4 by 8 inches.

Other brick options include:

 - "King": thicker, longer bricks
 - "Roman": thinner, longer bricks

Brick exteriors are more costly than vinyl or fiber cement, but less than full stone exteriors.

5. Stucco Exteriors

Stucco (composed of plaster and cement applied over a mesh screen), while very popular in some regions of the nation, is rarely used as a home exterior in North Carolina, due mainly to climate conditions.   It is also one of the most expensive siding options in North Carolina. 

Stucco can be smooth or textured, painted or pigmented.

6. Board and Batt Exteriors (Board and Batten)


Board and batt exterior can be composed of vinyl or fiber cement. 

A board and batt design alternates wide boards and narrow strips (battens). While board and batt can be horizontal, it is generally used as a vertical design.

Board and batt is generally associated with cottage and barn style homes, but has been increasingly used as an accent on vinyl, Hardi, and stone homes.




7. Shake Exteriors


Shake exteriors (also composed of various materials including vinyl and Hardi) are traditionally made from split wood, such as cedar.

Shakes are generally placed as an "irregular" pattern to give a rustic or artistic appeal.







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Vinyl Siding: Surprisingly Creative Exteriors for your New Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 05:01 AM


…and recognizing the many benefits of vinyl siding!

By Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

Of course we all want our new homes to look fabulous right? Sounds great!  Can’t wait! However, beyond fabulous looks, we also need to make wise choices for our single largest investment and these choices also have to fit within the limits of our dreaded budgets.  

Vinyl Siding | What Kind of Siding is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersIf this sounds like it might be next to impossible and that you can’t possibly create that new home you long for and still stay within your budget then read on for some good news because there are wonderful options available--and spending your future retirement money isn’t one of them!

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding—this product has come a long long way since it was first introduced into the residential construction market back in the 1970’s.

Vinyl Siding | What Kind of Siding is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersIn fact, today vinyl siding is the top selling cladding choice for homes built in North Carolina. The fact that we have been using it since the 1970’s and its sales grow stronger every year is proving its sustainability, but here are some other facts: vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, never needs to be re-painted, just power-washed to freshen. That saves you money in re-painting and caulking over time. 

Plus, not only is it your least expensive cladding option in the first place, but add to that the fact that Vinyl siding is considered by the NAHB to last a lifetime. It is strong, resistant to moisture and abrasion, it will not rot or corrode, and it also boosts your home’s R-value rating which is yet another money-saving benefit. 

With all of these benefits, what more could we possibly want?  In selecting vinyl siding we’re saving money and we’re buying quality, but how about creating that fabulous look?  We want it all!

Vinyl Siding Delivers Appeal and Asthetics Too

Vinyl Siding | What Kind of Siding is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersVinyl siding can deliver in that category as well.  Within the products that vinyl siding has to offer, you can create traditional, Craftsman, and even modern styles.

Today, many of us are favoring the transitional Craftsman styles which are modified versions of those built back in the 1920’s and earlier.  

To create the look Vinyl siding products include clapboard style siding in straight lap or Dutch lap profiles, vinyl shakes in colors that mimic the original cedar shakes as well as painted style shakes, and even board and batten style vertically installed siding.

Although the various options are not all available at exactly the same price level, they are all still by far, the most affordable exterior cladding options available in the market. 

Vinyl Siding Can Be Bright and Beautiful Too

Within vinyl siding itself there is a step up when choosing a particularly dark color such as a Forest green or dark blue or dark red, however again, it still prices quite a bit less than any other option right from the beginning and saves you money in maintenance and repairs in the long run. 

Adding Accents to Vinyl Siding

To create another authentic Craftsman look it is also a poVinyl Siding | What Kind of Siding is Best | NC Custom Home Builderspular option to mix in a stone accent onto one small portion of the front façade. This was first popular on the original New England craftsman homes of 100 years ago because some of them were clad in shakes only and so they desired a change in texture which they created by adding stone accents.

Today, we are commonly mixing three elements by including lap siding or board and batten siding, a shakes accent in the roof gables, and stone on a lower portion or upper portion or onto a complete front section from base to roofline. The combinations are endless. 

With so many possibilities available to create a unique look, plus the benefits of affordability, maintenance free, and a lifetime warranty, choosing vinyl siding for the exterior of your new home is what we call pretty smart THINKING outside the box!

Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

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New Homes Raleigh NC | Interior Design ExpertAndrea Enns is an on staff design expert at Stanton Homes, offering professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages. 

Andrea's extensive training includes the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Manitoba and Red River College, a two year Design Internship in Vancouver, BC,  under British Designer Jackie Yearsley, and years of experience with design and renovation.  Andrea has worked with many of Raleigh’s top custom home builders, and contributed design work in many of the area’s finest Parade Homes.

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