If framing is the bones of the house, cladding is the skin, so choosing the right siding will help ensure that everything inside stays protected. Siding manufacturers have introduced a variety of new options recently, addressing issues from weather and UV resistance to sustainability and low-maintenance materials.

Reflect on This
Addressing the issues of with darker siding colors, Mastic Home Exteriors by Ply Gem introduces SolarDefense Reflective Technology. The patent-pending reflective technology uses proprietary formulations to improve overall color and panel stability that protect against fading and panel distortion. No painting or caulking is needed, and the material is backed by a No Fade, No Distortion Promise along with a limited lifetime warranty. The SolarDefense product line features five rich colors, including red brick (shown), mahogany, brandy wood, natural slate, and Newport Bay blue. mastic.com

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Naurally Beautiful
Trespa North America is introducing Trespa Pura NFC (natural fiber core) exterior siding to offer the look of wood siding with a longer life and less maintenance. The sustainable materials comprises up to 70% natural fibers, impregnated with thermosetting resins. The combination, along with a non-porous surface, helps ensure weather resistance. The innovative material does not need to be painted, cleans easily, and resists stains, scratches, and rot that can plague natural wood. Available in six natural wood tones, and easy to handle and cut, Trespa Pura NFC can be installed horizontally or vertically, side-by-side or in lap style to complement modern home designs. trespa.com

Beautiful Bevel
Boral Composites has expanded its TruExterior siding collection with a new bevel profile for a more contemporary style. The poly-ash siding is resistant to moisture and doesn’t require any edge-sealing. The bevel profile replicates the look of cedar and redwood with authentic taper and shadow lines. Bevel siding is currently available fin 6-inch nominal width. boralamerica.com

Daniel Feldkamp

Material Reimagined
Re-engineering its cellular PVC specifically for use as siding, Azek’s introduces its reinforced polymer composite siding. The proprietary reinforced polymer formula and patent-pending design help minimize thermal expansion and contraction in a material that weighs 40% less than most fiber cement siding. Each board features an integrated water management channel within the profile that allows the boards to properly lock together, improve drainage and ventilation, and reduce the need for seam flashing. Boards measure 12-feet long and feature a matte finish with the appearance of rough-cut cedar. azek.com

High-End Option
Jeld-Wen’s MiraTEC product line is expanding. The company recently introduced 1 1/4-inch-thick solid trim to complement thick siding and provide a deep reveal to lend a rich look to exteriors. The trim will work especially well with the brand’s forthcoming MiraTEC Siding anticipated to be launch in the second half of 2016. MiraTEC treated exterior composite is an engineered wood material design to resist rot, termites, warping, splitting, and cracking, and is easy to machine, cut, and fasten. miratectrim.com