Vinyl Siding

Norandex Vinyl Siding

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

Pro's:  It is easy to install, it's affordable, half the cost of real wood, comes in wide range of colors, textures and styles.  Vinyl siding can be retrofitted over most existing home exteriors and it requires very little maintenance.  It is insect-proof, dent-resistant, will not rot, and never needs painting!

Con's:  It will burn, has very little insulating factors by itself, and if you don't get a good quality brand and a good quality installation, it will look like vinyl siding.

How To Buy Vinyl Siding...The Easy Way

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. 

How To Compare Different Products

You need to do several things first before calling contractors for a price quote:

  • Pick out the type of siding you think will look good on your house. vertical, horizontal or shakes (most people mix and match several different types to use on their homes).
  • Choose the style; colors, profiles, texture and thickness that you like.
  • Compare prices of the products, find the siding that fits your budget and you geographic area (weather) and neighborhood.
  • Then call several contractors and have them give you prices on the products you have already picked out. Now you can compare the prices you will get apples 2 apples.

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. 

Three Basic Types Of Siding:  Pick One (or 2)

Horizontal Siding


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.

Vertical Siding


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.

Cedar Shake Siding


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.

Horizontal Siding or Clapboard Siding

Clapboard Vinyl Siding or Lap Siding comes in three distinct variations or styles, with each style having different colors, textures and profiles.

  • Clapboard or Smooth Lap
  • Dutch Lap
  • Beaded Style

Beaded Clapboard

This house is using CertainTeed Beaded Clapboard Siding to give this older house a truly classic look. 

Click here to see more pictures of homes using this type of siding..

Vertical Siding or Board and Batten

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.

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding

Cedar Shake Siding

Rugged outdoor look with charm. Cedar shake used with stone. Beautiful.

CertainTeed Cedar Shakes

Second:  Choosing a 'Style' That You Like

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.

Picking Profiles

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.

To see more about the different Siding Styles, click here.

Comparing Prices

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.

What goes into Vinyl Siding Costs?

How much does it cost to install new vinyl siding on your house?

Total vinyl siding cost is made up of several different components. 

  1. How much siding (sq ft) you will need, and the quality of the siding you choose.  Quality + Quantity.
  2. What the contractor charges to install the siding.
  3. How much labor will it take to make your house ready to have the siding installed.  

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.

  • Do you have old siding that needs to be removed?
  • Do you have rotted wood that needs to be repaired or replaced?
  • Do you have termite damage that needs to be repaired?
  • Do you need new soffit or facia?
  • Do you want new gutters?

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.

Create a Budget

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.

Making Your Budget

You always want to buy the very best siding that you can afford so it important to have a budget in mind.  Click here to review how to make a budget.  

When you go shopping you want to be sure you are buying the very best product for the money.  So you need to know how much money you will need!  

Other little details you need to know....

How To Buy Siding

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.

Click here to review How To Buy Siding.

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.

A Little Siding History

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, read more..Click here to see more history of siding.  

Vinyl Cedar Shake 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.

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding click to see more

Other Types of Siding

Wood Siding

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 Board Siding or Fiber Cement Board

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)

For information, please click below.

Fiber Cement Siding, or Cement Board Siding

Aluminum Siding

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.


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

Fiber Cement Siding, or Cement Board Siding

Aluminum Siding

Stone Siding

Brick Siding

Stucco Siding

Engineered 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.


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 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 looks like real wood but is resistant to fire, termites, rain, snow, mold, and warping. Has lower maintenance and xosts less than real wood.


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.

Other Useful Information:

 Vinyl Siding Prices

Board and Batten

Board and Batten Siding

Dutch Lap Siding

Why is it called 'Dutch-Lap'?

Mastic Dutch Lap Siding

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding

Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding looks just like real Cedar shake siding.


What are profiles? And what are the differences?

Dutch Lap vs Clapboard


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.

Other Types of Siding:

Cement Board Siding

Sometimes called Concrete Siding or cement fiber siding.

Comes in all the basic styles and is more durable with less maintenance than wood siding.

Engineered 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

Hardie Board Siding

Hardie Board siding is one of the most popular siding materials sold in America.

Pictures Of Homes with Vinyl Siding