Vinyl Siding
The Most Versatile Siding

Shown here is Norandex Siding being installed on a house.    

Vinyl Siding is the most popular and versatile home siding material in the U.S.

VINYL IS KING..

Why?  

  • It is affordable...half the cost of real wood, stone or brick.
  • It looks just like real wood without the high cost and maintenance.
  • It is easily installed over most existing home exteriors
  • Requires very little maintenance and up-keep
  • Comes in almost unlimited colors, textures, and styles.
  • You can easily mix and match different types, styles and colors.

Pro's:

Easy to install, comes in wide range or 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 factor by itself, and if you don't get a good brand and a quality installation, it "looks like vinyl siding".



On the right is CertainTeed Monogram Clapboard. On the left the homeowner has used board & batten on the garage gable and cedar shake on the house gable, great look! 



This site is designed by a bunch of old vinyl siding contractors. We are here to show you how to pick the very best siding for your house and show you how to get the very best prices too!



If you are thinking of installing vinyl siding on your house, it can be a daunting experience. There are so many types, styles, colors and textures out there is can be very confusing to sort through the products. Not to mention trying to work with contractors. Writing contracts and things.

Some people just call three or four contractors and think the contractor will come out and show you everything you need to know.  NOT HAPPENING!

This site is designed by old contractors to guide you along the path to purchasing the best vinyl siding for your home and the very best possible price. Working with the contractors and step by step how to write a contract and work with your contractor. 

We break the buying process down into several segments, just follow along. Segment by segment until the end. Life will be better for you and the contractor.

Let's make it very simple.  There are only three basic types of siding.  


Three Basic Types Of Siding

The three basic types of siding:

  • Horizontal siding, 
  • Vertical siding,
  • Vinyl cedar shake siding. 

All three types comes in real wood or vinyl.  Each with it's own pro's and con's. Review and make notes. 

Remember that most people choose several different types and styles and use them in combination.

Step One:  Pick A Type Of Siding That You Like.


Horizontal Siding

Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding

Clapboard, or horizontal siding, sometimes called Colonial Style or Lap Siding

Clapboard siding looks like long wooden planks nailed horizontally on your house.

Vertical Siding

Shown here is Certainteed Vinyl Siding 

Board & Batten Siding or Vertical Siding  

Dutch Lap siding is made to look like wood siding hand carved by old world craftsmen.

Cedar Shake Siding

Certainteed Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding 

   Vinyl Cedar Shak

The rustic out-door look of real cedar shakes at half the cost of real wood.

A look of distinction!  

Each type of siding comes in several different wood textures that are so close to the real thing you literately have to touch it to see if it is real wood or not. 

There are wood-grain textures and smooth finish textures that look like freshly painted wooden planks.

All at half the cost of real wood siding.  


Second thing you want to do after choosing the style of siding that fits your house best is to make a budget and figure out the costs 

STEP TWO: Make a budget and figure the COSTS 

The first thing you always want to know is "how much will it cost"?  Make a budget, figure the costs involved, then go shopping.  But only in that order!


 Costs

The cost of installing vinyl siding on your house is made up of several different components.

Once you buy the siding you then have to make your house ready to the new siding on.

This is all extra work the contractor will need to do and he will charge you accordingly. 

Click here to review the actual costs to "hang"  or 'install' siding on your house.

What all goes into pricing the installation of new siding on a home. 

Well, things like does the contractor have to remove and haul away the existing siding on your house?

Do you have termite damage to your wood?

Has rain and water damaged some of your overhangs or soffit?

How is the trim on your windows?  Can't have ugly windows with nice new siding. 

And a few other items. 


  Colors

Vinyl siding comes in almost unlimited colors.

Each type and style usually has it's own special colors. 

The higher grades of vinyl,or the thicker the siding is,  generally have more colors to offer than economy grades of siding.

Click here to review vinyl siding colors

Prices


Prices for siding and  siding costs are really two different things.

The price you pay for the vinyl siding if for the product only.

Vinyl siding is usually priced between $3 and $10 per square foot. The difference will be in the quality 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.

You buy siding by the square foot. So if you need x sq ft of vinyl siding, just multiply the sq ft x the price of the siding.  

This will tell you what the product will cost. NOT WHAT IT WILL COST YOU TO HAVE IT INSTALLED.

Installing the siding on your house will cost you extra.

Click here to review Costs



What should vinyl siding cost?

Where should you buy it?

How do you know if you are getting the best price?


Other little major details you need to know....

Siding Styles

Vinyl siding styles generally refer to the textures, either wood -grain or smooth finish. And 'Profile'.

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. 

Click here to review siding styles.

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.

Making A Budget For Your Project Is Very Important

You need to make yourself a budget for several reasons.  One you want to know what the ball park price of installing the siding on your house will cost you. 

Second, you always want to buy the very best siding you can afford. Better siding lasts longer and looks better.  

You always want to try and get the very best vinyl siding contractors you can find. Why?

The better the siding contractor and the more experience he has installing siding the better your job will look.  

Better siding contractors usually will charge you a little more money because they can. 

Review these and other important questions about your budget here.

Click here to review 'Making A Budget' and what goes in it.

How To Find 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.


Vinyl Siding Is Easy To Work With

One of the reasons people love vinyl siding is that it is so easy to work with.

You can easily install vinyl siding over most existing home exteriors such as brick, stucco and wood. Usually with just a little prep-work to your house.

You may need to remove the existing exterior in some cases.  This will result in an additional cost to you. You should ask your contractor to explain if he suggests removing it.

Once you choose the way you want your house to look, picking the right vinyl siding is as easy as going shopping for the perfect color, texture and style that you like. 

Today's vinyl siding is made to look just like the old colonial plank siding used so many hundreds of years ago. A classic look to modern homes. At a fraction of the cost of real wood. And yet it is hard to tell the difference between two by looking. 

Even in the colonial times only three basic siding types were used. The siding either runs horizontally or vertically. And then the Cedar Shake Sidings.

Each of the three different types can be used and generally are used together to create that special look. Mixing and matching types, colors and textures for a unique and personal style.


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!



Back in colonial days the settlers just chopped down trees and made log cabins.  

Trees were plentiful so it was the perfect choice of materials to make homes with.  And they had to cut down the trees anyway so they could plant crops.



As more and more people began to cut down the trees, they figured that if they sawed long wooden planks out of the logs they could get a lot more wood out of the logs.

So they cut logs and used the long wooden planks to cover their houses and barns.  It also helped protect the houses from the harsh winter winds.

The early colonist either nailed the wooden boards horizontal, called lap board or clapboard, or they nailed the boards vertically.

Vertical siding is called Board and Batten Siding. They would nail two boards up on the house and nail a small thin strip of wood, a 'batten', between the boards to make it weather tight. Hence the term 'board and batten' siding.

People who liked the rustic look of Cedar cut the Cedar into small shakes and used them to cover their houses.  

Houses were warmer and they cut down less trees.  A great solution to the housing problem!

Today's vinyl siding looks just like real wood, doesn't rot, termites won't eat it, requires very little maintenance and up-keep, doesn't need to be painted like real wood.



Finding the perfect siding for your home

Creating the perfect look for your home is all about picking the right profile size, texture, and style of siding. Let's look at some of the most popular siding styles.

The three basic vinyl siding styles; 

Remember, each style has different profiles, textures, and unlimited color choices.

Once you pick the most suitable vinyl siding for your house, we will show you how to create a budget, find the right contractor, compare contractor's prices apples to apples to see which one is the best deal for your home.

Below is a quick review of the basic vinyl siding styles and types. Just click on any to see more detailed information.  


Clapboard 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.


  • Clapboard
  • Dutch Lap
  • Beaded Style


Clapboard STYLES (Click to see Clapboard styles)


Why I chose Clapboard Style siding, read what other people say.




Board & Batten Vinyl Siding

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.


Board and Batten Siding (Click to see more Board and Batten styles)






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


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)


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.




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

Fiber Cement Siding, or Cement Board Siding

Aluminum Siding

Stone Siding

Brick Siding

Stucco Siding



VINYL 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 you

CLAPBOARD 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.























Basic Vinyl Siding Types And Styles

CertainTeed Vinyl Siding

Click here for more info on clapboard vinyl siding styles.

Board & Batten or Vertical Vinyl Siding. Click on pic to see more Board & Batten Styles


Vinyl Cedar Shake 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.











Vinyl Siding Pricing

What does vinyl siding cost?