Vinyl Siding is the number one selling home siding material in the U.S.
It out sells all other siding materials put together!
Pro's and Con's
This site is designed by some old home improvement contractors. Every day we work with homeowners who what to install vinyl siding on their homes but have no idea how to get started. We will show you how to get started and what to do first, second and so on.
Our goal is to guide you along and show you how to work with your contractor to ensure that you choose the best siding products for your house and get the very best price possible.
Homeowners need to have done some homework and know several things about siding before calling any contractors, or you won't know what questions to ask the contractor. If you don't know exactly what to ask for, you won't get it!
We will show you how to pick the best siding for your house and how to work with your contractor to get the very best price possible.
You need to do several things first before calling contractors for a price quote:
Pick out which type of siding you think will look best on your home.
The first step is to pick out the particular type (s) of siding you are interested in. You can use any or all three types.
Clapboard, or horizontal siding, it is sometimes called Colonial Style or Lap Siding.
Clapboard siding looks like long wooden planks nailed horizontally on your house.
There are several different profiles.
Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding
Board & Batten Siding or Vertical Siding
Dutch Lap siding runs up and down from top to bottom. It is made to look like wood siding that has been hand carved by old world craftsmen.
Certainteed Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding
Vinyl Cedar Shake
The rustic out-door look of real cedar shakes at half the cost of real wood.
A look of distinction!
Today's cedar shake look exactly like real cedar wood.
Clapboard Vinyl Siding or Lap Siding comes in three distinct variations or styles, with each style having different colors, textures and profiles.
This house is using CertainTeed Beaded Clapboard Siding to give this older house a truly classic look.
Board and Batten or Vertical Siding, one of the more popular types of siding since colonial times. It uses wide boards with a small batten between them.
This house is using CertainTeed's Board and Batten siding on the garage with cedar shake siding on the gable of the house. Great look. Good use of two different types of siding to create a particular look.
Cedar Shake Siding
Rugged outdoor look with charm. Cedar shake used with stone. Beautiful.
When people talk about 'style' generally they have picked out the type of siding they like (vertical, horizontal, shakes) and are now talking about the profiles, textures, thickness and colors that they like.
Each type of siding has different 'Profiles' that are characteristic to that type of siding. Clapboard, dutch lap, beaded, cedar shake, board and batten, etc.
Profiles are how wide each board or panel is and whether it has a notch or shadow groove. There are wide boards and there are are very narrow boards. Generally each panel will run approximately 3" to 10" in width.
In addition to the profile, there are different 'textures' of the boards or panels. Since vinyl siding is made to look like real wood, and real wood has a texture that ranges from very smooth like sanded boards, to a really deep grain that looks like real cedar wood.
You need to shop around and compare some prices from the local home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's. Otherwise you will have no idea if the price the contractor quotes you is a fair price or not.
How much does it cost to install new vinyl siding on your house?
Total vinyl siding cost is made up of several different components.
Every house is different so the amount of siding needed will vary house to house and so will the amount of work the contractor has to do to make your house ready for the siding to be installed.
There are many different items that goes into the final 'cost' of your new siding installation.
Click here to see more information on what contractors look at when pricing your job. There is more to costs than just the price of the siding.
How much money do you want to spend on new siding?
One of the first steps in buying vinyl siding is to determine how much money you need to spend. There is budget siding, standard siding and premium siding. You need to know where you want to be.
Other little details you need to know....
How do you begin to go buy vinyl siding for your house? What do you do first?
To buy siding you just need to do a little research and make some notes. Then go shopping.
We will break it down for you and give you some very helpful hints.
Finding A Good Contractor
Finding a good contractor is key to getting the very best installation of your siding and insuring that you get the very best price possible.
Where did siding come from? Well it all started back in colonial days when people first came to America. They needed to build homes. And they did not have a lot of tools to work with. Most of their tools consisted of axes and saws. Not chainsaws! And there were no Home Depot.
Colonial settlers needed to cut down trees so they could plant crops. Trees were plentiful so it was the perfect choice to make homes out of. So they used the whole tree to make log cabins. Then they began to saw the trees into long thin boards, ....to read more..Click here to see more history of siding.
Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding is made to look like real Cedar planks.
Shown here is CertainTeed Impressions Straight Edge Rough Split Shakes, Double 7" in Buckskin Color.
Note: the relatively straight edges on each panel. This is why it is called Straight Edge.
The most popular and time tested form of siding for a home. Wood is one of the most expensive types of siding for your home. Long considered one of the most beautiful sidings available for homes.
Comes in a wide variety of types such as shake, clapboard, singles and lap. It can be applied both vertically or horizontally.
Pro's: Warm and beautiful. Lasts longer than most other types of sidings. Adds charm to homes that only real wood can offer. Has superior aesthetics. Has natural insulating qualities.
Con's: Expensive, requires regular maintenance such as painting and/or staining (as often as every 3 to 5 years depending on location). Can not be applied over other existing sidings, so a total tear off of existing siding must be done first. Non-moisture resistant species like pine and fir are highly susceptible to rot, and insects. Is not fire resistant.
Concrete fiber board or concrete board also sometimes called Hardie Board or Hardy Board is made mostly of Portland cement, clay and sand with wood fibers. It has become one of the most rugged sidings available with great durability and low maintenance. It is highly weather resistant but needs periodic painting to keep looking new.
Pro's: Accepts repainting easily, very weather resistant, fire resistant, and insect resistant. It is considered to be a masonry product and in some states may qualify for lower insurance costs. Comes in a wide variety of styles, colors and textures.
Con's: Is very heavy and requires specially applicators and application techniques. This adds substantially to the cost (average 50% greater than vinyl). Generally requires a complete tear off of existing siding (add 5% to 10% to job)
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Aluminum siding comes in a wide range of factory finished colors and styles from smooth to wood grain. Slightly more expensive to install but should last 25+ years with little maintenance.
Pro's: Factory baked on finishes last many years with little or no maintenance. Aluminum siding is insect and fire resistance. Can be touched up with special paint as needed. Easy to clean with soap and water.
Con's: It is prone to denting, sometimes even by hail storms. Easy to scratch, bicycles and balls cause permanent dents and dings. Has no insulating qualities by itself.
Since most people will call a contractor or two to get pricing, our mission is to allow you the homeowner to gather as much information about products, design, installation, pricing, colors, textures and so on all before you call any contractors. That way you will be able to talk to the contractors intelligently about your project and insure that you will get the very best job for the best price.
OTHER SIDING TYPES
There are other types of siding also. Each one has pro's and con's and creates a particular look and feel for your home.
Review each type, when you choose the type that best fits your home, you can copy and paste the information about that siding and create your own project file.
Listed below are the 'other' main siding types:
Exterior Wood Siding
Compare the most popular styles.
Creating that perfect look for your home is all about picking the right texture, style and color, so browse vinyl siding styles to find the perfect fit for you. Remember you can mix and match.
Clapboard Siding is made to look like horizontal planks of wood. Textures look like real wood grain and can vary from smooth finish to rough grain finish.DUTCH LAP SIDING OLD WORLD CHARM AND ELEGANCE
When you need a classic old world look, Dutch Lap camake it happen. Makes any home stand out with charm, style and elegance. When you need a classic old world look, Dutch Lap can make it happen.
VINYL CEDAR SHAKE SIDING COZY, COMFORTABLE AND RUGGEDLY CHARMING
Vinyl cedar shake siding is a style so realistic you can almost smell the freshly sawn cedar. Perfectly suited to homes where a custom crafted look is the design objective.CEMENT BOARD SIDING IS DURABLE, LOW MAINTENANCE, AND WILL LAST 50+ YEARS!
Cement Board Siding looks like real wood but is resistant to fire, termites, rain, snow, mold, and warping. Has lower maintenance and xosts less than real wood.HOW TO BUY SIDING USING OUR THREE STEP PROCESS
Quick easy method to learn how to buy vinyl siding and learn what vinyl siding costs should be. Review styles, colors, textures and prices, with printable worksheets.
Why is it called 'Dutch-Lap'?
Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding looks just like real Cedar shake siding.
What are profiles? And what are the differences?
Vinyl siding comes in almost unlimited colors. Usually the better qualities or grades of siding have the most colors to choose from.
Trim and accessories
Cover all corners, facia, soffit, overhangs, window/door frames to reduce maintenance and painting.
Sometimes called Concrete Siding or cement fiber siding.
Comes in all the basic styles and is more durable with less maintenance than wood siding.
Looks just like wood but stronger. Man made to look just like real wood. More durable than wood, resistant to rot, insects, harsh weather.
Hardie Board siding is one of the most popular siding materials sold in America.