Residential Siding and Hurricanes: The Basics

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Although coastal regions of both North Carolina and South Carolina are stunningly beautiful places to live, residents of these areas also sometimes find themselves in the paths of hurricanes. This can make home renovation projects more of a challenge than they otherwise would be. In addition to deciding what aesthetic they most prefer and what fits into their household budgets, coastal Carolina homeowners also have to figure out what materials will hold-up best when hurricanes strike.

If you’re thinking about having siding installed on your coastal home soon, you might have found yourself struggling to decide what material to use. In this guide, you will see some questions you’ve probably been asking yourself about your upcoming exterior renovation. Hopefully, the answers that are provided here will help you through the process and, in the end, allow you to feel safe and secure in the shoreline home that you and your family love.

What about the “bones” of my home?

The studs and framing of your house, often called the “bones,” are definitely important when it comes to hurricane resistance. Unless however, you are building a new home or having an addition constructed, you are more-or-less stuck with what the original homeowners opted to use. If you do have a say in what materials are used for framing, select steel instead of wood. Then, even if your siding doesn’t hold-up during a hurricane-force storm, your home is less likely to be completely destroyed.

What if I just want to paint my siding?

Sometimes, homeowners aren’t looking to replace their siding. Instead, they just want a different look. Paint is the perfect solution for wood boards and stucco in particular. If you are planning to paint the exterior of your coastal house soon, make sure you invest in a brand that offers a wind-and-water resistant line. While these types of paints can still be damaged during serious storms, they are much more likely than traditional paints to survive wind and water exposure intact.

What kinds of siding are best for hurricane-prone areas?

The two sorts of siding that are most likely to survive a hurricane are vinyl and fiber cement. These materials have a number of differences but are the most durable options on the mass-market today. It is worth noting that many vinyl siding styles are not rated to survive hurricane-force wind speeds. If you decide to use vinyl on your coastal Carolina house, you should make sure you select a model that is rated to withstand at least 110 MPH winds.

Fiber cement siding, on the other hand, is slightly more costly than vinyl but is very likely to survive most hurricanes. This material is both waterproof and fireproof, making it ideal for hurricane-prone regions. Fires, many people are unaware, can be a major issue during hurricanes as the direct result of downed power lines. This makes fiber cement an even more enticing choice for coastal Carolina residents.

If you are ready to talk about your upcoming siding job, give the team at Hatch Homes a call as soon as you can. We are skilled at installing a wide range of siding products, including both vinyl and fiber cement. We also live, work, and play in the Carolinas just like you, so we understand how important it is to keep your home standing when severe storms strike.

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