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Best Exterior Materials for Southwest Florida Homes

Anyone building a new home or purchasing an older home in the southwest Florida area should carefully assess the durability of materials used for their potential home’s exterior. Materials used for southwest Florida-area homes need to be robust in order to stand up to a wide range of damaging impacts, whether from extreme heat, UV rays from the sun, termites, or hurricanes and storms. With decades of experience painting and maintaining home exteriors, Naples, Florida-based FCI Painting knows which materials best weather the elements, pests, and passing of time. Read on to learn more about your exterior material options and consult with us about your home exterior protection needs.     

Pros and Cons of Stucco and Fiber Cement Siding

While stucco has been a popular material for home exteriors in southwest Florida for more than a century, fiber cement siding is rapidly gaining ground as a viable alternative. Overall, both are similar in relation to:

  • Durability
  • Strength
  • Insulating properties
  • Fire resistance
  • UV ray resistance
  • Termite intrusion
  • Cost

Made from cement, sand, and lime, stucco has long been prized for its durability and low maintenance needs. Properly applied stucco can typically protect a home for up to 75 years and stucco-based homes tend to weather hurricanes better than other materials, such as vinyl and wood.

The composition of fiber cement siding is similar to stucco, but the material is mixed with 8-10% wood fiber to create additional flexibility and durability. Also known as Hardie board siding, the material’s growing popularity in Florida is largely driven by its water-resistance properties, which are more protective than those of stucco. While both materials provide hearty protection from hurricanes, over time, stucco tends to be more prone to moisture-driven cracking than fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is also easier to paint.

Pros and Cons of Wood and Synthetic Wood

Other than in older homes, the traditional wood sidings popular in many other parts of the country are not seen as much in our state because of our climate and termites. Wood siding costs vary widely depending upon the type of wood and style of siding, and those who opt for wood generally pay more for maintenance and repairs, especially in the aftermath of hurricanes. On average, wood clad exteriors last for about 30 years.

Made from wood strands and resins, synthetic wood siding is much more resistant to weather damage and termites than traditional wood. Stronger and more durable than traditional wood, synthetic wood siding also provides higher insulation than most other exterior materials. As with regular wood, synthetic wood should be re-painted on a regular basis to enhance longevity.    

Pros and Cons of Aluminum and Vinyl Siding

While vinyl siding is on the most affordable exterior siding options, aluminum siding is one of the most expensive. Both are waterproof, termite-proof, and fireproof, but both can also be difficult to repair when damaged. While vinyl siding is resistant to scratching and denting, high winds and other pressures can cause it to bend or crack. Aluminum siding, on the other hand, can be easily scratched and dented.

Based on its lower cost and ease of maintenance, vinyl siding has become the more popular option over aluminum in recent years. While aluminum siding typically needs to be repainted to look its best, vinyl siding does not require regular painting, but the material’s color does fade over time due to sun exposure. Neither material provides good insulation when compared to other exterior options.  

Learn More with Your Favorite Naples, FL Painting Company

Whatever the exterior surface material of your southwest, Florida area home, consult with FCI Painting when it comes to the proper maintenance of it. From exterior painting to pressure washing, we have more than 25 years of experience helping homeowners keep their homes looking like new. To learn more, contact FCI Painting online, or by giving us a call at (239) 435-1001.

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FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

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FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

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My family has used FCI in our homes and businesses. They have always done an outstanding job, neat and clean and Richard is wonderful accommodating owner to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

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Great Company, Great Results! We use FCI whenever we can!


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Beautiful Work

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Great Job

Richard provided a detailed estimate of complete job at a fair price. His crew did a great job painting the exterior of our house, using quality products. Would highly recommend him.

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Great Paint Job

FCI did a great job painting the interior of our house. Very high quality work. They were in and out in less than a week, even with a big job (over 3,000 sq ft house). They responded to emails very quickly. We liked their work so much we called them back to paint the exterior.

Eric A

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as promised. He sealed the entire house before applying the paint and used Sherwin Williams Super Paint. It covered and sealed very well. They did a Great Job and I would highly recommend them. He also got back to us after the job was completed and paid for in full and wanted to make sure we were happy with the job. We thought that was very professional and thoughtful. Thanks Richard and crew!

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