What is Masonite Siding?

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Thousands of homes across North Carolina and South Carolina are wrapped in Masonite siding. It was one of Carolinas’ most frequently used siding choices for new construction homes between 1980 and 2010. The material is most commonly known by Carolina homeowners for its product failure, disintegration and unsightliness. Many Carolina homeowners are interested in replacing their rotten Masonite siding with new Hardie Board siding or vinyl siding. However, before hiring a contractor for siding replacement, it is important to get a better understanding of what Masonite siding is.

Masonite siding can be described best as sawdust glued together with a paper overlay. It provides your homes’ exterior with the appearances of natural wood with a performance that is comparable. The material is extremely susceptible to moisture penetration, mold and mildew. Once water starts to decay the substrate, Masonite siding becomes brittle to the touch and have the strength and feel of cardboard.

While Masonite siding is still being used in modern construction, quality building professionals have deemed Masonite siding to be an inferior building product. As a result, The original manufacturer of Masonite siding, named Masonite, is low longer manufacturing the material. The leading manufacturer today of what is known as ‘Masonite Siding’ is Louisiana-Pacific, otherwise known as LP. Masonite Siding is mostly used in new construction, but many exterior remodeling contractors will still present the material to homeowners as a better quality solution than vinyl at a price point significantly lower than Hardieplank. When hiring a siding contractor to replace your home’s existing exterior, make sure that they will not be using Masonite.

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