Shown here is Norandex Vinyl Siding being installed on a house.
.....VINYL IS KING.....
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: It is easy to install, comes in wide range of colors, can be retrofitted over most existing home exteriors and requires very little maintenance. It is insect-proof, dent-resistant, will not rot, does not need to be painted.
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 job, it will look like vinyl siding.
On the left is CertainTeed Monogram Clapboard Siding used to give this old house a truly classic look. On the right, CertainTeed Board and Batten siding is used on the garage gable to create a distinctive look that fits right in with today's styles.
This site is designed by a bunch of old vinyl siding contractors. Our mission is to help you pick out the very best siding for your house and show you how to get the best price possible.
Also, we will show you how to find and work with local contractors. How to write a contract that protects you and how to keep your project moving smoothly and avoid headaches.
We have developed our Four Step Plan. Four easy steps that make buying vinyl siding easy and show you how to work with your contractor.
Follow these four steps to pick out your siding and find and choose the best contractor.
Easy way to buy vinyl siding using our four step method:
Our Four Step Plan:
Let's make it very simple.
First of all keep in mind that there are only three basic types of siding. Once you have chosen the type of siding that best fits your house, then you can focus on things like colors, styles and textures.
All this should be done before calling anyone to discus price!
Step One: Picking Types And Styles That You Like.
This includes finding the right siding, color, texture, profile, insulated or non-insulated, length, and accessories.
The three basic types of siding:
Remember that most people use several different types and styles and use them in combination.
Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding
Clapboard siding looks like long wooden planks nailed horizontally on your house.
Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding
Dutch Lap siding is made to look like wood siding hand carved by old world craftsmen.
Certainteed Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding
The rustic out-door look of real cedar shakes at half the cost of real wood.
A look of distinction!
What siding looks best on your house? Review the different types. Make some notes in a notebook. Compare different manufactures warranties, colors, textures, styles and prices.
Make plenty of notes in your notebook. Click here to learn how to make a project notebook.
Every house is different and no one type or style of siding is perfect for every house. So what is the best siding?
The best siding is the one that is affordable, fits your budget, looks great on your house, easy to maintain and lasts as long as you need it to. And can be bought in your area.
Like all other products vinyl siding comes in many different qualities from economy grade to premium grade. The better the siding the more it costs.
Step Two: Figuring Costs
Vinyl siding cost and vinyl siding prices.
Vinyl siding cost is made up of several different components.
Each 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.
You buy siding by the square foot. So just multiply the sq ft of your house's exterior walls x the price of the siding. This will give you the siding cost.
Installing the siding on your house will cost you extra.
Vinyl siding prices usually run between $3 to $10 per square foot.
The difference in price will be in the quality of siding you pick out and whether it is insulated or not.
Usually the thicker the siding the higher quality it is and the higher the price per square foot.
The price you pay for the siding is for the product only.
Sometimes it includes the labor to install it and sometimes it doesn't.
You must ask your contractor what is included in the price he quotes you.
Textures and profiles will generally not affect the price of the siding very much.
Length of the siding panels and the thickness of the siding do. Also whether the siding has factory insulation or not will certainly affect price.
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!
Vinyl siding colors are almost unlimited.
Each manufacturing company has it's own unique colors.
Each type and style usually has it's own special colors also.
Better grades of siding will generally have more color selections than the economy grades of siding.
Other little major details you need to know....
Vinyl siding styles generally refer to the textures, either wood -grain or smooth finish. And 'Profile'.
The profile is the amount of the the plank that shows.
The profile is how wide the boards are that you see.
Clapboard has four different 'Profiles' or styles to choose from.
You can mix and match different styles, types, colors and textures to get the look you want.
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.
Step Three: 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 of materials to make homes with. So they used the whole tree to make log cabins. Click here to see more history of siding.
Finding the perfect siding for your home is all about choosing the different types, colors, styles and textures of siding that enhance your home. Most people use several different sidings in combination to create the look they are interested in.
Here are some of the most popular styles of siding.
Shown here is CertainTeed's double 4" Monogram Clapboard siding in Sterling Gray Color.
Clapboard has that beautiful look of long wooden boards overlapping each other.
Early American colonist overlapped horizontal planks of wood to form a signature look. Still emulated today it is one of the most popular styles.
Clapboard Siding or Lap Siding comes in three distinct variations, with different color, textures and profile sizes within each type.
Why I chose Clapboard Style siding, read what other people say.
Board & Batten Style, or Vertical Siding. Shown here is Norandex Rustic Blend Board & Batten Siding
Board & Batten is sometimes called Vertical Siding, note how siding planks run up and down vertically.
A Traditional look of alternating wide and narrow cedar boards for that old time rustic look.
It was favored by early settlers to protect and beautify their homes. And is still popular today. Often used in conjuction with other styles of vinyl 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.
Exterior 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 or Fiber 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)
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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
STYLES, research and compare the most popular styles
Creating that perfect look for your home is all about picking the right texture, size and color, so browse our vinyl siding styles to find the perfect fit for youCLAPBOARD SIDING, REVIEW THE DIFFERENT STYLES, TEXTURES AND COLORS
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.Board & Batten Siding, originally applied to early log homes
Traditional look of alternating wide and narrow cedar boards for the old rustic look, but todays board and batten vinyl siding is maintenance free!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 VINYL 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.
How to buy vinyl siding:
Difference between Price and Cost.
The price of vinyl siding is what you pay for the siding.
The cost of installing the siding on your house is all the things the contractor has to do to make your house ready to install the siding.
Vinyl siding comes in almost unlimited colors. Usually the better qualities or grades of siding have the most colors to choose from.
CertainTeed Vinyl Siding
Trim and accessories
Board & Batten or Vertical Siding. Click on pic to see more Board & Batten Styles.
Sometimes called Concrete Siding or cement fiber siding.
Comes in all the basic styles and is more durable with less maintenance than wood siding.