Mastic siding: is it worth buying?

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Chris Gennone

By Chris Gennone

December 22, 2021

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If you're looking to install new siding on your home, Ply Gem's Mastic vinyl siding is a popular choice among homeowners due to its durability and low maintenance.

But how does it stack up against the competition and is it worth buying? Let's find out.

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About Mastic siding

Mastic is Ply Gem's brand of home exteriors and vinyl siding. Designed to look like cedar shake and other expensive materials, Mastic is available in the three basic styles of vinyl siding including clapboard, board and batten, and cedar shake siding. Mastic also manufactures other accessories like soffit, fascia, and gutters.

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Mastic siding products

Lap siding

Structure Home Insulation System

Mastic lap siding on a residential home

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Structure Home Insulation System insulated siding features a combination of vinyl and insulating foam to help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Structure Home Insulation System’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl and polystyrene foam backing
  • Increases R-value
  • Impact-resistant
  • Duranyl-5000 Protection System, which adds UV protection
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 25 different colors

Quest

Mastic Quest siding on a residential home

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Mastic's Quest siding is vinyl siding designed to withstand high winds with its unique fold-over nail hem. If you live in an area that experiences a good amount of severe weather, Quest is a solid choice.

Quest’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Can withstand winds up to 190 MPH
  • Duranyl-5000 Protection System
  • Kynar 500 Protection, featuring a protective coating that helps with wear and tear
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 24 different colors

Carvedwood 44

Mastic Carvedwood 44 siding on a residential home

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Mastic's Carvedwood 44 siding is equipped with a thickness to help resist dents, impact from debris, and other extreme weather conditions. Some of the Carvedwood 44's colors feature SolarDefense, which resists color fading and distortion.

Carvedwood 44’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Withstands winds up to 178 MPH
  • SolarDefense Reflective Technology
  • Enhanced shadow lines
  • Thick nail hem
  • Duranyl-5000 Protection System
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 20 different colors

Western Extreme

Mastic Western Extreme siding on a residential home

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Western Extreme siding is designed to withstand the damaging effects of western climates like drastic temperature changes, infrared rays, and low humidity. The addition of polymers, various additives, and designs help give the siding extra ultraviolet protection.

Western Extreme’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Dent-resistant
  • Woodgrain texture
  • Ultraviolet protection
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 16 different colors

Mastic Charelston Beaded siding on a residential home

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The Charleston Beaded lap siding features sculpted beads to mimic the appearance of classic wood homes. This type of siding also includes Hang-Tough Technology, which helps prevent scratches and cracking.

Charleston Beaded’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Extra thick and dent-resistant
  • Hang-Tough Technology
  • Duranyl-5000 Protection
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 14 different colors

Ovation

Mastic Ovation siding on a residential home

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Ovation siding features a large variety of different colors and styles in addition to strong wind and dent resistance. It includes a special locking system which lowers the possibility of any type of damage.

Ovation's key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Withstands winds up to 195 MPH
  • SolarDefense Reflective Technology
  • SNAP+LOCK+HOLD Panel Locking System
  • Duranyl-5000 Protection System
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 25 different colors

Mill Creek

Mastic Mill Creek siding on a residential home

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Mastic's Mill Creek siding is designed to mimic the rustic appearance of real wood, while being resistant to harsh weather and other elements like impact, distortion, and cracking.

Mill Creek’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Hang-Tough Technology
  • Dent-resistant
  • Withstands winds up to 150 MPH
  • Duranyl-5000 Protection System
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 13 different colors

Eclipse

Mastic Eclipse siding on a residential home

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Eclipse siding is Mastic's most eco-friendly option, made from natural recyclable materials. This type of siding is also incredibly durable and features extra-thick paneling, protecting it from dents and impact from debris.

Eclipse’s key features:

  • Made from vinyl
  • Hang-Tough Technology
  • Woodgrain textures
  • Withstands winds up to 150 MPH
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 13 different colors

Envoy

Mastic Envoy siding on a residential home

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Envoy is Mastic's aluminum siding option. It features an Alumalure 2000 Finish which offers protection from harsh weather conditions, rust, and corrosion. Unlike vinyl, aluminum is also 100% recyclable, making it one of its most eco-friendly siding options.

Envoy’s key features:

  • Made with aluminum
  • Alumalure 2000 Finish, which gives the aluminum panels a rust-inhibiting primer and a topcoat to resist corrosion
  • Withstands winds up to 165 MPH
  • 100% recyclable
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 10 different colors

Endurance

Mastic Endurance siding on a residential home

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Endurance is Mastic's other aluminum siding option. Like the Envoy siding, this type of siding also features the Alumalure 2000 Finish, which ensures protection against rust and corrosion. Endurance is similar to Envoy in terms of features, but the panels are slightly thinner.

Endurance’s key features:

  • Made with aluminum
  • Alumalure 2000 Finish
  • .019" panel thickness
  • Withstands winds up to 165 MPH
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 10 different colors

Vertical siding

Board and Batten Designer Series

Mastic Board and Batten designer siding siding on a residential home

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Mastic's vertical siding options include its Board and Batten Designer Series, which is available for full cladding or partial accents. This type of siding features extra thickness which protects it from dents and severe weather.

Board and Batten’s key features:

  • Made from vinyl
  • Dent-resistant
  • Hang-Tough technology
  • Extra thickness
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 19 different color options

Shake and shingle siding

Cedar Discovery

Mastic Cedar Discovery designer siding siding on a residential home

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Another different type of Mastic siding is the Cedar Discovery line, featuring the appearance of real hand-split shakes. While it may not be real wood siding, Cedar Discovery siding is durable and able to withstand strong winds.

Cedar Discovery’s key features:

  • Made with vinyl
  • Cedar-shake appearance
  • Double-thick nail hem
  • C-LOK lock system which provides extra support
  • Withstands winds up to 180 MPH
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in 34 different colors

Mastic siding vs. Hardiplank siding

When it comes time to find the right type of siding for your home, it can be difficult to choose between vinyl and fiber cement siding. While vinyl remains the most popular house siding material available, fiber cement is becoming increasingly popular. Two of the largest brands for each include Mastic and James Hardie.

Here's how they compare.

Durability

Mastic - Despite being made of mostly vinyl materials, which are prone to cracking and warping, Mastic's vinyl and aluminum siding are equipped with key additions that increase their durability. Mastic siding can withstand high winds and includes UV protection so the colors won't fade and the panels won't warp. Mastic also includes a limited lifetime warranty and a fade warranty.

Hardiplank - Although Hardiplank requires a little bit of maintenance, fiber cement is typically more durable, could last up to 50 years, and will not crack or melt in severe weather conditions. James Hardie includes a 15-year color warranty, which covers your siding from excess color change besides normal weathering.

Who do we recommend?: Hardiplank

Maintenance

Mastic - While vinyl siding's paint will fade eventually, you'll rarely need to touch it up. Both options will typically need an occasional wash and upkeep if it becomes dirty.

Hardiplank - Fiber cement paint chips and fades over time, so you'll likely need to touch it up occasionally.

Who do we recommend?: Mastic

Installation

Mastic - Mastic siding and vinyl siding are usually easier to install than other materials. Mastic siding panels feature a nail hem which makes it easy to attach and lock in.

Hardiplank - Fiber cement is not a DIY-friendly installation, and can chip and crack if installed improperly. Fiber cement can also release harmful chemicals like cancerous crystalline silica dust when cut. It's highly recommended that you hire a professional to install Hardiplank.

Who do we recommend?: Mastic

Cost

Mastic - Mastic siding costs an average of $5 per square foot depending on the type you choose

Hardiplank - Because it's a heavier material and more difficult to install, Hardiplank costs an average price of $9 per square foot.

Who do we recommend?: Mastic

Environmental

Mastic - Though some vinyl materials are recyclable, PVC production creates greenhouse gasses that can be harmful to the environment.

Hardiplank - While both vinyl and fiber cement present some environmental issues like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, fiber cement does not pose any long-term environmental risks.

Who do we recommend?: Hardiplank

Is Mastic siding right for your home?

If you're interested in installing new siding for your home, Mastic is one of the top vinyl siding manufacturers available. Mastic offers a variety of durable and relatively maintenance-free options which are affordable and aesthetically pleasing.

While it may not last as long as fiber cement, Mastic siding will still help boost curb appeal, while featuring the appealing looks of real wood. Mastic is a solid choice for premium vinyl siding.

Get in touch with a local contractor today.

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