Siding Installation & Repair Services
Siding affects the exterior look of your entire home and is a decision you’ll have to live with for a very long time. As a result, it is imperative to research your options thoroughly before you make a decision. Our siding experts from Ascension Roofing have put together a few important questions for you to reflect upon prior to making a decision about your new home exterior choice.
Which Siding Best Works for Your Home?
First, think about your specific needs. Here are some of the main things to consider:
Is the siding versatile enough to work with the varied needs of your home? Are areas of your home’s exterior going to present challenges when working with a certain type of siding? If so, it’s important to understand if there will be added costs and necessary adjustments.
Does the siding have the strength to resist significant temperature shifts throughout every season in your climate? How does it stand up to extreme heat and cold? Is it resistant to high winds and termite damage? Termites cause more than $2 billion in damage to buildings in the U.S. every year and can cause severe structural damage to wood structures. This damage is not covered by any homeowner’s insurance policy. Damage caused by high winds accounts for more than $4 billion in damage throughout the U.S. each year.
If you want one of the longest-lasting exteriors, choose a siding with higher water resistant properties.
Your contractor will know what you’ll need for insulation beneath the cladding and can check the siding’s R-value rating for energy savings.
Choose a siding that you’ll look forward to seeing every day for a long time, as you are coming in and out.
Pros and Cons of Popular Siding Options
Ascension Roofing experts know that, if you’re like most homeowners, you’re not confident about the pros and cons of different types of siding options, and that is one big reason you should work with a professional roofing contractor. We’ll help explain the upsides and downsides of popular alternatives to vinyl siding including the following:
Low price and minimal upkeep have made vinyl the most popular siding material for the past 25 years. Vinyl needs no painting. It won’t warp or twist, and it’s impervious to insects and water. While essentially the same in terms of the material used in the past two decades, today’s vinyl siding now comes in bolder colors, more profiles and with UV protection for increased durability. It’s even available as an insulated product for added energy efficiency. Some products even mimic cedar shakes and board-and-batten siding. Accents and decorative trim enhancements are big trends right now. Builders love it because it’s affordable and offers a variety of options and accessories. Subcontractors like it because it’s easy to install. Most importantly homeowners like you choose it because it’s affordable, requires little maintenance and seems to last forever. The downsides are that vinyl siding can rattle, crack, melt, and burn and some vinyl products look like wood from a distance, but not up close.
Before settling on vinyl, our team at Ascension Roofing will help you consider your style preference or whether the architecture in your neighborhood makes the added realism and cost of plastic, fiber cement, or even real wood a more appropriate choice.
Revered for its natural beauty, wood can last decades with dedicated maintenance, but it can be expensive, depending on the grade of wood, and the maintenance can add up not only in terms of monetary costs, but in time spent. Clear finishes should really be reapplied every two years, semi-transparent stains every three years, and paints every five years. Because wood is the preferred snack of termites, you’ll need a contract for an annual pest-control program.
With a reputation for stability and low maintenance, fiber cement is engineered with performance qualities specific to the climate where it is installed. Manufactured from a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand, fiber cement is easy to paint and is available in an array of looks and textures to resemble wood, stucco or stone. There are quite a few pros to fiber cement siding, because it resists expanding and contracting with changes in humidity and temperature. It’s also fire-resistant, wind proof, and termite-proof, and it won’t rot. Most manufacturers offer up to a 30 year warranty. Installing a heavier siding can require special techniques and tools, so going with a respected remodeling contractor with experience installing fiber cement is crucial.
Stucco siding is durable and has attractive, distinct looks and will last a lifetime, if maintained properly. Stucco is resistant to fire and insects and can be formulated with colors that saturate the material, so that it doesn’t need to be repainted. The downside is that stucco installation requires a great deal of prep work and needs to be installed by an experienced professional, who can be difficult to find.
Engineered Wood Siding
About half the cost of real wood, engineered wood siding is constructed of wood fibers and exterior-grade resins. It is available in many styles, and is primed for paint or comes with a factory finish. Termite resistant and easy to work with, engineered wood doesn’t create hazardous dust when cut. Though early usage of engineered wood was fraught with moisture problems, the newer varieties are now backed with warranties, increased research and development, and claims of more durability and longevity.
Fire and insect resistant, synthetic stone is often used as an accent on the bottom portions of walls or chimneys. Made in molds from a mixture of cement, sand and aggregate, it’s made to look like all sorts of stone types and shapes, including granite, limestone, and dry stacked and round river rock. Synthetic stone is not heavy, so installing it doesn’t require the foundation of your home to be reinforced. While synthetic stone is cheaper than using real stone, it is still one of the more expensive siding options, and it won’t fool everyone, including yourself.
If you’re set against vinyl, you’re in growing company. The good news is that you have excellent choices in alternatives to vinyl siding. But vinyl siding is still a great option and remains appealing to many homeowners. Whether you’re choosing the siding for your new house, or updating your current home’s exterior, just keep in mind that your decision will affect the appearance of your home more dramatically than any other choice you make. Think hard about your specific needs, investigate the alternatives and consult a professional contractor like those at Ascension Roofing to guide you through the process. Call us today for a consultation, and we’ll be happy to show you examples of our stunning work, and provide you with references from some of your neighbors.