What are the best exterior siding options and costs?

What are the best exterior siding options and costs?

Written by Scott Geesey

The right siding material dramatically improves the curb appeal and exterior appearance of your home. Updating or upgrading the siding on your home adds significant value and protects your family from normal to harsh weather elements. Siding also protects the expensive materials used to build your home. In this article, we will review a few different types and styles of siding. We will also explain how the quality of these siding materials is of the upmost importance. This way, when you’re ready to make a siding investment for your home, you will be properly advised. When you are considering new siding for your home, this often includes new trim and gutters. Our experts here at Bayview Roofing and Siding are always available to answer your questions and concerns about siding.

Ninety percent of the siding we use to improve a home is made of a strong durable vinyl. Vinyl is made from a sturdy polyvinyl chloride plastic also known as PVC. Unlike wood, this vinyl won't rot, fade or flake. In our industry, the thicker the vinyl, the better the vinyl. For this reason, we only use thicker levels of vinyl to protect your home. This is especially important here at the beach. The brand we generally recommend is CertainTeed. Vinyl siding can come in different styles such as horizontal or shingle. The most popular horizontal siding styles are Clapboard, Beaded and Dutch Lap. Shingle vinyl siding is also very popular and has that beach shack cedar look. The shingle vinyl siding that our clients most prefer is called Cedar Impressions by CertainTeed. These singles have vertical lines in each individual shingle and are visually impressive when installed correctly.

An option available with Vinyl Siding is having it insulated with a backing giving it an R2 rating. Insulated siding has extra protection and will show less dents over time from the neighborhood kid’s wild curve balls.

Here are some reasons you might want to consider investing in vinyl siding:

  • Vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials such as wood or cement siding that cost more.
  • Vinyl siding never needs to be painted. Most other siding materials will need to be painted at some point in time.
  • Vinyl siding requires minimal maintenance. The slick nature of this material can be easily cleaned with water.

The other type of siding material we love to discuss is called JamesHardie cement siding. This revolutionary siding, trim and backer board material is comprised of high-performance fiber cement. HardiePlank siding is flexible, durable and has the normal appearance of wood. When it comes to the style of siding, JamesHardie offers so many incredible options we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our team members.

Here is something that makes JamesHardie cement siding unique: you can choose a home exterior color from their catalog or choose a Sherman Williams’ custom paint color for your home. These colors are baked right into the cement using a patented Baked-on ColorPlus Technology at the factory to produce a truly stunning home exterior. If you choose a custom color from Sherwin Williams, that will be applied as paint, not baked on.

Fiber cement siding is a strong, quality product. You get what you pay for in this case. How does HardiePlank cement siding stack up against other materials you might be considering for the exterior of your home?

  • HardiePlank is equal or less expensive than hardboard
  • HardiePlank is equal or less expensive than composite siding
  • HardiePlank is less expensive than synthetic stucco
  • HardiePlank is less expensive than brick
  • HardiePlank is more expensive than vinyl

These quality products paired with expert installation guarantee your exterior home siding will last a long time. Fill out our Contact Form to learn more regarding JamesHardie cement siding, CertainTeed vinyl siding, cedar siding and other siding options.

Published: February 28, 2022