Siding is the outer covering or cladding of a house meant to shed water and protect from the effects of weather. On a building that uses siding, it may act as a key element in the aesthetic beauty of the structure and directly influence its property value. Replacing your siding is a great, and fairly inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of your home.
Siding may be formed of horizontal boards or vertical boards, shingles, or sheet materials. In all four cases, avoiding wind and rain infiltration through the joints is a major challenge, met by overlapping, by covering or sealing the joint, or by creating an interlocking joint such as a tongue-and-groove or rabbet. Since building materials expand and contract with changing temperature and humidity, it is not practical to make rigid joints between the siding elements.
Siding may be made of wood, metal, plastic (vinyl), masonry, or composite materials. It may be attached directly to the building structure (studs in the case of wood construction), or to an intermediate layer of horizontal planks called sheathing.
The most popular option today is vinyl siding. Vinyl is a durable material, looks fresh and clean, and the cost is reasonable. Aluminum siding is an alternative siding product. Both choices have their pros and cons.
Professional Home Improvement specializes in helping homeowners find the replacement cost for siding. We work with several manufacturers as certified installers, including Alcoa Siding, Mastic Siding, and Alside Siding.
According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, there are some great reasons to select vinyl siding for your home:
A step up in cost from vinyl siding, is insulated siding.
With more than 126 years in business, and backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal, James Hardie fiber cement siding is Engineered for Climate to help withstand damage from moisture, freezing temperatures, and heat. Its products are also pest and fire-resistant. All of this means that when you invest in James Hardie products, you are protecting your home on multiple, critical fronts.
All James Hardie siding and trim products are available primed and ready for painting, or with its baked-on, UV-ray resistant ColorPlus Technology, available in a variety of long-lasting colors.
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. All LP SmartSide products feature innovative, four component SmartGuard manufacturing process for strength and to resist fungal decay and termites.
LP SmartSide products deliver all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood, plus the durability and workability of engineered wood. The SmartGuard manufacturing process actually improves upon nature, creating products that are engineered for strength, performance and protection against fungal decay and termites.
LP SmartSide offers a broad selection of items that Cedar Siding carries. These items include: strand & reversible trim, solid & vented soffit, 4"OC panels, 8"OC panels, RBB panels, smooth products, one piece corners, and more... Ask Mal!
Diamond Kote is a specialized pre-finish built on LP SmartSide for exterior siding, backed by a 30-Year No Fade Warranty. Choose from 30 colors or create a custom color; the possibilities are endless.
Wausau Siding Systems products are exclusively built on: LPSmartSide, an engineered wood siding treated with a SmartGaurd process to withstand extreme temperatures, high humidity, freeze/thaws, fungal decay, and termites. Being built on LP helps keep your home looking great for years to come and includes a 5/50-Year Limited Warranty on the board.