Shed Siding: Duratemp Vs. Vinyl

When shopping for a storage building, the type of siding is one of the first decisions to be made. I will outline the advantages and considerations of three popular siding options below.

The Benefits of Vinyl Siding:

  • Easy to clean, just pressure wash and vinyl looks like new.
  • Maintenance free, you will never have to paint vinyl siding.
  • Many colors available to match the vinyl on your home.
  • No cracking or splitting.
  • Uniform appearance.
  • Smooth material, vinyl siding will never give you splinters.
  • Longevity, vinyl stands up to long term exposure to moisture.
  • Standard with metal trim and steel doors.

Sold! Right? Well, there are two sides to every coin…

  • More expensive than Duratemp siding sheds
  • Cracks if hit with hard objects…like base balls, lawn mowers, etc
  • Fades over time if placed in direct sun.
  • Not as many color choices
  • Will hold mold and fungus in damp areas.

Benefits to Duratemp Composite Wood Siding

  • 25 year warranty against mold, rot, and cracks
  • More color choices
  • Easy to change color by repainting building
  • Custom color matching available
  • Easy to attach decorations, hose reels, window boxes, etc.

The flip side of the Duratemp coin…

  • May need to be repainted in 10 to 15 years.
  • Looks like T1-11 which was popular years ago but did not perform as well.
  • Country look and feel.

Natural Pine Siding

  • Very hard and durable wood
  • Beauty of natural wood siding
  • Rustic look easily achieved.

The flip side of the Natural Pine coin . . .

  • Must be stained every year to maintain color
  • Will turn grey if not stained every year.
  • Rough surface & will cause splinters
  • Difficult to stain and paint.

I hope this information helps as you shop for storage buildings. Please feel free to commit on this post with your own experience with these siding options.


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