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Siding is Not Just Siding

SidingAs warmer weather approaches, many homeowners start thinking about improvements to the exterior of their home.  One of those improvements is new or replacement siding.  Siding comes in many different colors, but it comes in different types as well.

Some siding types to consider include:

  1. Traditional Lap Siding – mostly referred to as “vinyl siding,” Traditional Lap Siding is the most popular cladding for homes.  Because of its simple lines, it is easy to install.  Today’s vinyl siding includes many different textures, shadow lines and colors to meet individual homeowner’s needs.
  2. Fiber Cement Siding – This type is similar to traditional lap siding with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the siding will be used.
  3. Insulated Siding – A home insulation system can have many benefits.  Insulated siding provides a natural beauty from longer flat faces, significant insulation values, sustainability and usually includes a lifetime warranty.
  4. Vertical Siding – This siding comes in different profiles and dimensions to accommodate a wide variety of design styles.  Vertical siding has become more popular as an accent element or design feature.  This has been a great choice for entryways, low porch walls, gables and dormers because of the powerful effect of the pattern of vertical lines.
  5. Shakes and Shingles – This type of siding traces its history throughout American home styles.  Shakes and shingles offer an authentic appearance and eliminates the significant weakness of real wood products, like wood rot.  This siding gives you a true American look of wood without the lifetime maintenance and repair that comes with real wood products.

When selecting your siding style and color, there are some things to consider:

  • Ease of installation – if you’re installing this siding yourself, make sure it is within your skill set and requires no special tools.  Some siding can also create harmful dust when cut.  So, it is important you prepare for that.
  • Energy efficiency – Check the R-value rating for energy savings.  This will help you understand what will be needed as far as insulation under the cladding.
  • Aesthetics – Your new siding will be in full view every time you come and go.  Make sure it is what you want and looks beautiful to you.
  • Durability – When choosing siding, you want to ensure it will have the strength to stand up to every day wear and tear.  Depending on where you live, temperature shifts and severe weather can affect the durability of your siding.

A good contractor can help you choose the appropriate siding for your home style and geographic area.  To ensure your siding is installed correctly, your siding should be installed by a certified VSI (Vinyl Siding Institute) Installer.  VSI Certified Installers are trained in the proper techniques, which will ensure a quality installation on your home.