Posted by: Roby Robertson | February 24, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate, Ask an Expert.

This Lake Norman Agent Knows stuff!

Thanks to living in the Lake Norman area for over 10 years, over 40 years in NC as well as having several years of experience selling real estate in the Lake Norman area, I can explain the pros and cons of different types of siding.  I have worked with several clients that are surprised by the different options offered in the Lake Norman area.  In other parts of the country, siding is a foreign language :-).

Siding:  Siding is the material that covers the exterior of a home.  In the Lake Norman area, you will find the following types:

  • All Brick
  • Stone
  • Vinyl
  • Stucco
  • Fiber Cement
  • Wood/Shingles

Vinyl  is extremely common in Lake Norman.  You may be surprised that vinyl siding, which looks like  wood from far away, actually feels like plastic as do their companion shutters. Vinyl is very low maintenance, cost effective and common in the lower to middle price ranges of homes in Lake Norman. There are many different grades of vinyl siding.  See The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

Stucco is both good and bad and inspires lots of controversy. While it is beautiful, there have been documented problems in the past.  This is because of a product called “synthetic stucco” or EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems).  In 1996, a very high percentage of  homes tested in NC that were clad with synthetic stucco were found to have high moisture levels in the wood components of the walls.  You will find that Living in Lake Norman high moisture levels can lead to the damage of wood and mold.  Since this discovery, synthetic stucco was discontinued and what is called a hard-coat stucco is currently used.  There are companies that do elaborate testing of stucco homes to determine if there are any high readings of moisture behind the walls.  The key is to keep all areas around windows, chimneys etc. sealed properly so that moisture can not seep in.  For more information visit EIFS Industry Members Association  or  The EIFS Alliance.  By North Carolina law, listing agents must disclose the existance of synthetic stucco. 

Brick is durable, never needs painting and is quite popular here.  It is one of the most expensive siding options so if you are buying new construction or building a new home plan on paying an additional amount for all brick or even partial brick exteriors. 

There are also some very popular cement fiber sidings that look similar to vinyl but are more durable and more expensive.  An alternative and highly recommended by contractors is called HardyPlank.  It is a fibrous concrete that termites can’t eat, is impervious to moisture, comes in different colors but can be painted. 

Combination of the above:  A trend that is becoming very popular is using a combination of the above. HardyPlank with stone or stucco are combinations that I have been seeing quite a bit lately. 

Have questions?  Contact your Lake Norman Agent to get answers at 704 451 7051.

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