If you are a property manager, developer, or owner of a condominium, apartment complex, or any other kind of commercial-residential building, it can be daunting to make decisions about siding. You will want the siding material to be durable, eco-friendly, and low-maintenance, especially if you are in the process of replacing cladding that isn’t in good shape. There are several different things to consider before making decisions about siding for condominiums.
Siding has to be functional.
Functionality is an important factor when choosing a siding material that will protect the exterior of a commercial-residential building from the elements. Whether it’s aluminum siding, fiber cement siding, or vinyl siding, it must provide maximum protection from the elements, be easy to maintain, is cost-effective, and will meet budgetary requirements.
Siding has to look good.
While functionality is often the main consideration in the selection of new siding for condos, aesthetics are equally important. The siding or the overall appearance of the building is the first thing visitors see. More renters or buyers will be attracted if the exterior of their new home is inviting. Siding materials that are appealing to the eye include brick, stone, stucco, or wood. Some owners and property managers like the unique appearance achieved when two or three siding materials are mixed together.
Siding should be installed by a siding professional.
Siding should be installed by a company that has extensive experience in strata buildings. A contractor who has done numerous commercial-residential building installations better understands what condos need in terms of the best products for particular structural requirements, endurance, local weather patterns, and environmental concerns than a siding installation company that focuses on residential projects.
Contractors that are familiar with installing new siding on condominiums know about the different rules, regulations, and restrictions associated with strata buildings. These can vary from place to place, depending on the landlord, the neighbourhood, or the city/town/principality. So a knowledgeable contractor will be able to advise an owner or property manager regarding any restrictions associated with a particular type of siding.
A good siding company will be able to offer customized siding solutions to owners and property managers with problematic siding issues.
Carefully consider siding options for condos.
The deciding factor when selecting a siding material for a commercial-use building should be how well it protects its thermal envelope. Whether you’re managing a single building or a group of properties, the requirements for each building will be different.
Aluminum siding: Aluminum siding is one of the most cost-effective types of siding for condos since it is moisture-resistant, can last for 25 to 30 years and provides good insulating properties.
Vinyl siding: As a siding material, it provides good protection against the elements, insects, and mold/mildew. It is very durable and easy to maintain. Of all of the siding choices for a commercial-residential building application, vinyl siding has the shortest lifespan.
Composite wood siding: Less expensive than real wood, composite wood siding provides good resistance to wind, insects, rot, and mildew. For points on the eco-friendly scale, it is made from recyclable materials.
Fiber cement siding: This type of siding is regarded by many professionals in the construction industry as an all-round siding material. Since it is fire, salt air, impact, and humidity-resistant, it can be the ideal type of siding for condominiums in the Greater Vancouver area.