Different Types of Siding for Your Home
It’s time to renovate your home, but what are the different types of siding you have to choose from?
Selecting the best siding product for your home can be a challenging decision.
Some questions you may have:
- What product should you use?
- What color scheme should you select?
- How do your selections fit in with the neighborhood?
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You should start with an overview of your neighborhood. Take a look at the homes around you and what your neighbors have done. What styles are around you? If you choose to use vinyl siding in a neighborhood that was built with all cedar siding, your home will stick out like a sore thumb!
At Horizon Exteriors, we feature vinyl, foam backed vinyl and laminated products. As you can see by the photos below, there are other options as well.
Vinyl siding continues to be at the top of the list. It is versatile, affordable and durable. The colors are limitless. The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) states, “76% of all homes built in the northeast and 60% of the homes built in the midwest have vinyl siding.” With so many choices, it is important to have a professional explain the differences in products to you.
Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for a house, great for weatherproofing, imitating wood clapboard, and used instead of other materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding. It is an engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding offers the warmth and beauty of traditional wood with the durability of LP engineered wood. It’s a complete line of high-performance trim and siding products to complement almost any building style.
Fiber cement is a composite material made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. Fiber cement siding can be used as an alternative to real wood, engineered wood, and vinyl siding options. According to Bob Villa, fiber cement remains one of the more durable siding products in the industry.
Wood (Cedar, Redwood) & Engineered Wood
Wood siding in overlapping vertical siding like board and batten, or horizontal siding like clapboards, shakes, and shingles. The rows or “courses” is called clapboard or weatherboard. The common variations of wood siding are cedar, redwood, and engineered, but there are other wood siding as well.
Traditional stucco is a cement-type mixture added to sand or lime. Stucco is applied in three coats over a lath base, it provides a solid, durable, and seamless home exterior. You can often use a stucco in combination with other types of siding.
Brick siding is mostly used as a new construction option and not typically for remodeling. Often used in combination with vinyl siding for a more expensive exterior look to the home.
Stone and Stone-Veneer
Stone siding is mostly used as a new construction option and not typically for remodeling.
Hollow backed vinyl still represents the best value for your dollar. Foam backed vinyl has certain advantages over hollow back, making it more expensive. Laminated siding gives you the look of real wood and comes with up to a 25-year warranty on paint, which puts the cost on the high end . It is important to have one of our professionals explain the differences between each of the products to help you decide which product is right for you.
Hire the Best
Selecting the proper siding contractor for you is also key. Don’t forget to do your research! Check with the Better Business Bureau and other trade associations for positive reviews and overall performance ratings. These sites can be a great resource for reputable companies. You may even already know some local names that you recognize.
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