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Top 3 Siding Choices for a Flood-Proof Home

Maryland’s unrelenting rains have made flooding a very real—and very big—problem for local residents. Apart from the safety and convenience issues, spring floods leave a lot of property damage in their wake. Below is the report from The Baltimore Sun:

Forecasters cautioned of possible flash flooding and coastal flooding Tuesday and Wednesday, with a stretch of rainy weather setting in by late Monday.

Clouds were beginning to move into the region Monday afternoon, expected to bring rain by the evening hours and continuing for the next few days.

About 2 inches of rain could fall Tuesday and another 3 inches could fall Wednesday, with chances for storms bringing heavy downpours starting late Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday.

Understand that when floodwater reaches your home, water damage is more or less inevitable. But there are some measures you can take to minimize the damage. The type of siding you choose, for instance, may be able to help. Below are three excellent examples of siding that stand up well to water:

  1. Fiber Cement Siding – Named the best siding investment by Remodeling magazine, fiber cement can withstand harsh weather conditions better than any other type of siding. It is highly resistant to water and fire damage and is available in colors that do not fade easily.
  2. Insulated Siding – A vinyl product with the added benefit of insulation insulated siding gives water hardly any room to seep through, making your exterior walls especially watertight. Insulated siding also gives your home a huge energy efficiency boost.
  3. Vinyl Siding – This is the cheapest and most common among all siding materials available on the market. It offers great flexibility in design and outstanding weatherproofing capabilities.

If you want to minimize water damage in your home, consult a trusted Maryland siding contractor who can educate you about your different options. One such contractor is DryTech Roofing & Home Solutions. They are certified by the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) and by James Hardie, the pioneer in fiber cement siding. This means that their technicians receive regular training in the latest materials and installation methods to ensure that you’re complete Maryland siding needs are met in the best possible way.

(Article Excerpt from Flood watches issued ahead of rainy stretch, baltimoresun.com)