If you are planning on replacing your current siding, there are many options available. Below is a list of helpful questions to consider when purchasing new siding:
1. How long are you planning on staying in your existing home or business?
2. Are there any historical society or HOA requirements for color or type of siding system?
3. Is there a specific look you are going for as there are often multiple options for each style?
4. Are there other items on your home you should consider covering at the same time as the siding? Such as: soffit, fascia, gutters?
Explore The Versatility of Vinyl
Vinyl and other polymeric siding prove that beauty can come without strings attached, and that lasting performance is possible without a premium price. That means you won’t have to compromise — it’s possible to have it all.
Why Side Your Home with Vinyl?
If you can dream it, vinyl siding can bring it to life. A virtually endless range of styles, colors and textures means you can pursue any architectural style or personal taste.
It’s easy to create the complete look. Complementary vinyl siding profiles, trims, and accessories let you add the finishing touches to any design. (And they’re all just as low maintenance as your siding.)
It’s engineered for life. Vinyl siding is continually innovated for long-term durability. Multiple attachment points create superior wind resistance, with a minimum of 110 mph, and advanced UV-resistant coatings resist fading, helping even dark colors remain vibrant for years.
It’s virtually maintenance free. It’s easy to clean and refresh with just soap and water, virtually eliminating the hassles of ongoing maintenance found in other siding products and offering a low cost of ownership.
It’s immune to moisture damage. You never have to paint or caulk to protect the vinyl siding material from water as with some other cladding materials, and vinyl siding actually helps a home’s walls breathe and dry out.
Its performance is certified and its sustainability is documented. Most products are certified and independently verified to meet or exceed unique quality standards and performance characteristics, and its “green” attributes are fully documented by the industry’s first environmental product declarations (EPDs).
Fiber Cement Siding
Unlike wood, vinyl, and other building materials, fiber cement siding is specially formulated to withstand warping, fading, splintering, cracking and denting. They are also fire resistant, impervious to insects and rodents and suitable for even the harshest climate.
Stone & Stone-Veneer Siding
The natural beauty and durability of stones like granite and limestone are appealing to homeowners who want a siding that adds texture and visual interest to their exterior. Because stone is more expensive than other siding options — and can be difficult to add to an existing home — concerns about costs should be considered.
More lightweight and less expensive than natural stone, stone-veneer siding comes in natural and synthetic materials. There are many styles available that help enhance your home’s curb appeal. Annual cleaning with a hose and inspection of the siding helps ensure it will last for years to come.
Wood siding comes in clapboard (also known as lap or bevel siding) as well as shakes and shingles. Clapboard siding uses planks of wood installed horizontally with an upper piece that overlaps the lower piece. Western red cedar and redwood, woods known for being attractive and durable, are considered the best choices.
More uniform in appearance but thinner than shakes, shingles give you a smooth and consistent look. They can be cut into different shapes to add visual interest to your exterior. If you are attracted to this look keep in mind that it requires periodic maintenance (chalking and painting or staining to prevent weather damage) and is susceptible to insect or rodent attacks.