Top 6 Exterior Siding For Your Home Improvement Job
Learn more about your siding options before you invest.
Are you having trouble picking out the perfect color or texture siding for your home? Before you start to get ahead of yourself, every homeowner needs to know the six styles that are available and what the products have to offer you.
Vinyl siding is made up of lightweight material that, most of the time, can be installed directly over the existing siding that is already in the home. As a protective layer to your home, siding can be meant with extreme conditions such as snow, ice, rain, dirt, fallen limbs, or storms. It is the go-to choice for most homeowners due to durability, lifespan, and easy maintenance. The ease of handling vinyl siding makes the installation quick and cost-effective and also an excellent retrofit option to the existing siding on your home. Some of the leading vendors that supply vinyl siding are Fairway, Harvey’s, Beacon, and Alside. Each product can be special ordered to the homeowner or siding contractor’s specifications. With the accessibility of multiple vendors, you are given the best options when it comes to searching for and purchasing the right vinyl siding.
Wood siding, typically not used on most residential or commercial exterior buildings, is usually a choice for a premium or high-end renovations. The wood clapboard and shingle siding boast a natural and authentic attribute that always wins the hearts of many. The grade of wood depends on how the homeowner or the siding contractor is going to finish the siding. When a semi-transparent stain or clear sealant is used, the grain of the wood is highlighted, giving it a detailed look. When choosing the grade of wood, homeowners or general contractors should look for knots and other blemishes. The least amount of knots and imperfections will determine the grade, but also the price of the product.
An excellent guide to understanding what grade of wood siding you should choose is; if you are going to use paint or opaque stains, it is smart to choose a less expensive grade. The more maintenance homeowners give their wood siding, the longer it will last. Sealing of the wood shingles can be applied with a bright finish or semi-transparent stain. With years of maintenance, wood siding can last generations.
Everlast Composite Siding
A reputation for stability and low maintenance, Everlast Composite Siding is made up of a triple-composite material of polymer resins, inorganic materials. “Acrylic colorants are then extruded for superior dimensional strength and durability.” (Everlast Siding). Everlast Siding contains no wood fibers and no organic material that can warp, crack, rot, or be overrun by wood-boring insects. It offers superior resistance to wind, hail and flying debris, making it the longest-lasting siding product in the industry. When installing the siding, it is recommended to find a siding contractor that has experience in the material due to the special techniques and tools that are required during the installation process.
Stucco siding is a material that pairs well with other siding materials. It is durable and adds a touch of an architectural look on a retrofit job. The chipping and cracking of stucco are prevented by mixing epoxy with the stucco. Usually, the installation of stucco siding is not a DIY job, and it is recommended that an experienced installer or contractor with knowledge of the product installs it for you. The resistance to fire and insects, as well as the organic colors that are produced by the mixed toners in the product, make it unnecessary for repainting and very low maintenance. With every positive remark, tends to come with a “but.” Before applying the stucco siding, there is a significant amount of prep work required. Also, trying to find an experienced contractor or handyman to install the siding can be a difficult task as well.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding is about half the price of regular wood siding and an alternative to fiber cement siding. It is made of wood fibers and exterior-grade resins. It can stand up to extreme weather conditions and comes in a variety of styles and textures. Three popular styles are beaded-lap siding, rough-sawn clapboard, and look-alike wood shingles. It is easy to work with and stands strong against insects. Earlier makes of the engineered wood siding experienced moisture problems that resulted in class-action lawsuits. Though newer makes of the product have not been on the market long enough to prove longevity, engineered wood siding is now backed by some serious warranties.
CertainTeed Cedar Impressions offer homeowners a rich look that imitates real cedar shingles. The panels come in a full-color selection and provide unlimited design possibilities. Usually, most homeowners will use the cedar impression siding as an accent to clapboard vinyl siding. The upside of Cedar Impressions is it will make your home look like real cedar shingles for half the price.