Whether you are building, remodeling, or shopping for a new home, the type of siding you choose will be one of your most important decisions. Siding not only protects your home from the elements but adds personality and style to your home.
The newer siding products available today offer the homeowner the look of traditional materials with greater durability and lower maintenance. Besides adding beauty to your home, new siding also provides significant energy savings.
Here is a brief glimpse of some of the new types of siding materials and their main features:
● LP SmartSide Siding
One of the newest types of siding is engineered or LP SmartSide siding. This is a wood fiber material reinforced with resins and other man-made materials to produce a siding material that looks as beautiful as genuine wood siding but wears like iron. There is no need to worry about mold, mildew, or wood rot because this material resists all of these while giving your home a beautiful, long-lasting finish that does not even require painting because the color is embedded in the material. On the market since 1997, over 3 billion square feet have been successfully installed across the country.
LP SmartSide siding is perfect for new construction as well as a replacement for aging wood clapboard, wood shingle, or even vinyl or aluminum siding that is showing its age. LP SmartSiding is also resistant to cracking and comes in longer lengths than other types, reducing the number of seams.
LP SmartSide not only offers a variety of colors, but many different grain patterns as well. This is a perfect choice for homeowners who want the traditional look without the traditional work and maintenance typical for other types of siding.
● Seamless Steel Siding
Steel is a relative newcomer to the residential siding industry, but its advantages are many, and it is rapidly becoming the material of choice for both new construction and remodeling.
The name says it all: Seamless and Steel. That means as tough as steel and without the gaps and seams that are typical with other types of siding. Seamless steel siding is custom cut and fitted to your home to eliminate gaps that can separate, trap dirt and mold, and are generally not aesthetically pleasing.
Seamless steel siding comes in a variety of patterns that simulate wood grain, and a variety of colors and matching trim styles to match any decor.
The finish is a factory applied PVC vinyl coating that is tough, weather and fade resistant, mold and mildew resistant and best of all, maintenance free.
Older vinyl and aluminum type materials cannot match the beauty and durability of seamless siding, a modern material that has the warmth and beauty of a traditional painted wood finish.
● James Hardie Fiber Cement Lap Siding
Another option is a fiber-reinforced cement board. This is basically a cement board with wood fiber and other additives to allow flexibility. This material can be textured to simulate wood grain or smooth and can be ordered in a variety of colors already impregnated into the panels or painted using traditional house painting finishes.
James Hardie is a respected manufacturer that has been supplying the building industry for years and has built a reputation for durable, high-quality products that are affordable and beautiful as well.
The cost is lower than genuine wood and offers durability and ease of maintenance because the color is impregnated in the material. This is an excellent option for new as well as remodeling jobs.
Additional advantages are rot and mildew resistance, excellent insulation properties and because it is cement based, it is extremely durable.
Most window and siding contractors will also provide written estimates and warranties for materials and labor. If you are upgrading your siding, this is also a good time to consider upgrading your windows to newer fiberglass or vinyl windows.
Not only is it more cost effective to accomplish both renovations simultaneously, but your home will be even more beautiful. The energy savings will also be more noticeable with all new components.
Professional Installation is the key to great results
Most modern siding materials are good quality, but having a proper installation is critical. It is the difference between siding that will warp or loosen over time and a job that is straight and even and will last for years.
At C&T Siding, we serve the Wisconsin and Minnesota areas with high-quality siding, window and door replacement, fiberglass and vinyl windows, metal roofing and are one of the few remaining contractors for slate or shake roofing. Contact us today if you’re ready to update your home’s siding and windows.