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Introduction to Siding

Siding is the protective material attached to the exterior side of a wall of a house or other building. Home siding, no matter the material, has two basic functions. The first is to protect your home from outside elements like rain, snow, hail or ice. There are other elements protecting your home, but your siding is the first barrier to entry. The second function of home siding is design. Your home needs a common and aesthetic exterior. Siding gives it that collective feel we all desire.  There are many reasons why you should consider new siding for your house but the most important reasons are to increase your curb appeal, future resale value, and energy efficiency. Many siding manufacturers offer a variety of warranties from 20 years to 50 years, and many offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  There are many different types of siding such as Vinyl, Aluminum, Steel, Wood, Fiber Cement, and Stucco. As renovation contractors, we recommend using James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding or Vinyl in order to increase curb appeal, keep your maintenance costs low, and to be certain you are receiving a great warranty.  

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James Hardie fiber cement siding is the world leader in durability and long-lasting color. James Hardie products are on more than 8 million homes across North America. James Hardie designs superior strength into every fiber cement board to resist swelling, buckling, warping and splitting, despite what nature brings. No wood, wood-based, vinyl or other fiber cement siding can match their ability to protect your home’s exterior from the elements. When investing in your home, do not be misled by vinyl siding’s short-term cost. Its color cannot be changed and can be more susceptible to inconsistent fading. Learn more about the best exterior siding on the market on their official website: James Hardie.

  • Specifically engineered to better resist the harsh conditions nature unleashes

  • Resistant to weather, fire, pests, heat, and fading

  • Provides an authentic design that vinyl siding can’t match 

  • 5x thicker than vinyl siding, providing deeper shadow lines and a warmer wood grain texture with seams that are less visible

Introduction to Vinyl Siding

When choosing vinyl siding you are choosing the most popular and cost-effective way to upgrade the exterior of your home. Vinyl siding gives your home the quality appearance of wood without the costly, time-consuming maintenance. Vinyl siding will not split, peel or rot, and it never needs to be scraped, stained or painted.  Vinyl siding is also more durable than wood and able to withstand heavy wind and hail impact.  There are also several options and styles when it comes to vinyl siding.  Also with vinyl siding, there are different finishes such as a woodgrain finish or a smooth finish. Vinyl siding is available in sizes ranging from 4” to 8”.

Different Types of Vinyl Siding

  • ClapBoard - The most common type of vinyl siding imitates wood clapboard siding that has been used for hundreds of years.  Clapboard vinyl siding looks like straight pieces of horizontal wood, with each piece overlapping the board beneath it.  

  • DutchLap - Dutch Lap siding has become super popular recently and its profile resembles the look of boards that have been cut on the top half at a 45-degree angle, while the lower half hangs at a 90-degree angle.  The profiles are more stylish than clapboard siding and produce shadow lines. Dutch lap siding was designed to replicate the look of hand-carved wooden planks. Dutch lap is available in a wide range of profile options. 

Miscellaneous Siding Information

  • Vinyl Shake Siding - Vinyl Shake Siding has become extremely popular and trendy recently because they are arranged vertically which makes them stand out.  Vinyl Shake gives you the cedar look without the high maintenance cost that true cedar shake brings.  Our most popular vinyl shake has been the hand-splint shake that gives the impression that each piece was designed and installed individually giving it an artisan look. ​

  • Insulated Siding - Insulated Siding contains a layer of EPS foam (Expanded Polystyrene foam) insulation that is fitted to the rear panel of the siding. By choosing insulated siding, you reduce energy consumption, and it is less susceptible to defects such as sagging and warping caused by extreme weather. The foam backing also results in a more durable siding because the foam backing causes the siding to be more solid which decrease the chance of denting.  ​

  • House wrap - House wrap is a synthetic material placed on the outside of your home before siding is installed to function as a weather-resistant barrier.  It prevents moisture from getting in the wall, which reduces the chances of mold and rot.  It is imperative that you always put on house wrap before siding is installed, as it is becoming a code item in most counties and municipalities in the Saint Louis Area.  

  • Affordable and Cost-Effective 

  • Low Maintenance 

  • Resists Mold and Mildew 

  • Highly Customizable Design 

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