Vinyl Siding is the number one selling home siding material in the U.S.
It out sells all other siding materials put together!
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This site is designed by some old home improvement contractors. Every day we work with homeowners who what to install vinyl siding on their houses 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:
Review the three basic types of siding and chose the ones that you think will go best with your house.
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.
Board & Batten Siding or Vertical Siding
Board and Batten siding runs up and down vertically.
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.
Cedar Shake Siding
Rugged outdoor look with charm. Vinyl 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 all come in different widths.
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.
Shop around and compare prices and what other people are paying for similar siding.
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 really cost to install new vinyl siding on your house?
Total vinyl siding cost is made up of several different pricing 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, go to Vinyl Siding Costs. There is more to costs than just the price you pay for the 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 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.
Why is it called 'Dutch-Lap'?
Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding looks just like real Cedar shake siding.
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.
Looks just like wood but stronger. Man made to look just like real wood. More durable than wood, resistant to rot, insects, harsh weather.