Our professional installers can remake your home’s exterior to look brand new and fresh. While we specialize in all exterior services, the most visually striking changes to a home’s exterior is its siding. Whether your home is need of a new look or your siding was damaged by hail, we can get the job done right. We professionally install vinyl, aluminum, steel, Hardie Board, and LP SmartSide applications.
Vinyl Siding Pros:
Cost Effective: The Vinyl Siding Institute says that “vinyl siding offers unsurpassed value with the lowest total installed cost of any other exterior cladding.” The group also says that re-siding a house using vinyl ranks among the best home improvement projects for cost recovery.
Long Lasting Finish: Vinyl siding is often recommended as an option for homeowners looking to change the appearance of their homes without a lot of fuss, mess or maintenance. Paint can chip, flake or fade but modern vinyl siding maintains its look for years longer. “Manufacturers have increased the availability of darker colors (and lighter ones, too) with improved color retention,” says the Vinyl Siding Institute. “Vinyl and other polymeric siding have the widest array of profile offerings of any exterior cladding.”
Not Watertight: Vinyl siding is water resistant, not waterproof. Because of the way that it is installed, water can sometimes get between the siding and the surface of your home. This can cause insect infestations and mold growth. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) tells its member that “since wind-driven rain can easily get into the space behind the siding, building paper or housewrap should be installed behind the siding to protect against water damage. Drainage holes or slots in horizontal vinyl siding allow water behind the siding to drain.”
Fading/Cracks/Hail: According to InterNACHI, severe cold and extreme weather can cause siding to become very brittle and highly susceptible to breaks and cracks. Even exposure to high temperatures can cause problems, too.
“Extreme heat can also cause vinyl to melt or distort,” InterNACHI says. “There have been cases reported of extremely hot reflections from nearby windows causing warping and melting.”
“Fiber cement siding is the trend in the siding industry,” says 25-year industry veteran Bill Barr of All Star Windows and Siding in Loveland, CO. “It’s a permanent product, it’s beautiful, and it’s affordable.” The benefits extend beyond those factors, however, and when it comes to Hardie board siding, there is a long list of pros.
Longevity: Most Hardie board siding comes with a 50-year, limited transferrable warranty. According to SmartHomeowner.com, “this type of siding is completely rot and insect resistant, and can even handle the corrosive environment of salt spray near the ocean.”
Appearance: Hardie board siding can be made to mimic just about any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles and wood shake siding. Tim Carter of AskTheBuilder.com writes that “your color options are virtually unlimited.” These colors are typically accompanied by a 10 to 15 year warranty on the finish.
Fire Resistance: Freddy Scharf, technical services manager for James Hardie Building Products, states that fiber cement siding “is comprised of more than 90% sand and cement, making it inherently resistant to flames.” Case in point, a St. Paul Minnesota house fire torched two firetrucks parked 60 feet away, but the fiber cement-clad home next door, only 50 feet away, remained unscathed.
Storm Resistance: Whether you’re looking for a siding material that can withstand a hurricane, or one that can fend off the next summer hailstorm without sustaining damage, fiber cement siding is a proven commodity in the weather department.
High Installation and Labor Costs: Fiber cement siding requires more planning, a larger labor force, and takes longer to install due to its composition. According to Barr, fiber cement siding weighs about 300 pounds per square (100 square feet), compared to 60 to 70 pounds per square for vinyl siding.
“You don’t want to move it more than once,” Barr notes. You need more employees on the job to properly move and support the boards as they go up, which can escalate the labor and installation costs to double and triple the cost of installing vinyl or aluminum siding.
Maintenance: Fiber cement siding has to be re-painted periodically. Barr warns that this aspect of fiber cement siding can be misleading for some homeowners, noting that while the product itself is warrantied for 50 years, the baked-on finishes sold by most suppliers are only guaranteed for 15. Your new fiber cement siding will likely outlive you, but the paint job won’t.
LP SmartSide is much like Hardieplank in appearance, however there are some differences that a homeowner might take considerations of. The main differences revolve around the material (compressed wood) that LP SmartSide is made of, in contrast to Hardieplank (fiber cement).
LP SmartSide Pros:
Quicker Installation: There aren’t special blades or tools that Hardieplank demands. Though this attribute makes LP SmartSide not as strong as fiber cement products.
Easier to handle: For the DIYer, this is important. LP Smartside is lighter and less rigid, which makes it easier on the weekend warrior.
Not Resistant to Woodpeckers: Know your surroundings. If you live in a wooded area or your house is in position to attract woodpeckers, LP SmartSide may not be a great option. It is made of compressed wood, as opposed to fiber cement, which does not attract woodpeckers.
Must Install H-Clips at Seams: Installation guidelines recommend that LP SmartSide installs include an H-clip at the seams. Though this protects the wood based product from moisture, some homeowners may not like the attention that is brought to the seam locations.
The cost between LP SmartSide and Hardieplank is similar, and a certified professional is strongly recommended to install either!
Steel Siding is a durable option for a homes. A very aesthetically pleasing product, metal siding is made by a roll former. This process results in a nice wood grain finish that offers a long lasting finish with many color options.
Steel Siding Pros:
Low Maintenance: Compared with some other choices, metal requires very little attention from a homeowner once it is properly installed. This is especially true for those areas of the country subject to severe winters. Snow, sleet, frost, rain, wind and even heat have very little effect upon metal. Metal also does not absorb moisture or promote the growth of mold or fungus, both of which can destroy a home’s framing and can pose health hazards to the occupants.
Fire Resistance: Even if a home is struck by lightning, a metal-clad dwelling is almost impervious to fire. This can be a tremendous advantage in high fire areas or areas prone to frequent lightning storms. Such protection might also translate into lower monthly homeowner insurance premiums, you can check with local homeowner’s insurance agents regarding any potential savings on premiums.
Denting: All metal sidings, even the most heavy-duty siding, are subject to denting if struck with sufficient force. Sharp objects can even pierce metal, especially aluminum, which is softer than steel. Metal sidings are also subject to scratching, which will reveal the underlying metal. Aluminum will not rust, but steel siding that has been scratched must be repainted immediately or it is subject to rusting.
Cost: Steel siding is also more expensive than aluminum and most other types of siding. Not only does it carry a higher initial price tag, but steel siding is thicker and heavier than aluminum siding and is more difficult and time-consuming to install. This can drive up installation costs and time considerably. However, these initial costs can be balanced by the longer life expectancy of steel siding.