Siding Styles and Types
Which One is Perfect For Your Home?
When you choose siding for your home, you can select from a wide variety of materials, colors, and textures. We, at Tice Exteriors, want you to be well-informed, so here are the pros and cons of the most popular siding materials being installed on homes today.
Siding Type Index
Introduced to the market in the early 1960s, vinyl siding has grown in popularity because of its durability, versatility and ease of maintenance. Vinyl siding is impact resistant, rigid and strong.
Vinyl siding is available in a broad palate of colors, as well as a limited range of patterns. Vinyl siding is also available in many profiles, including horizontal and vertical panels, shakes, scallops, shingles, fish scales, traditional lap, Dutch lap and beaded designs in various widths.
With the ability to withstand high winds (certified up to 110 mph or higher) and a composition that resists heat, cold and moisture, vinyl siding retains its looks over time. And, vinyl siding never, ever needs paint. The only maintenance it requires is a simple wash with a soft cloth and garden hose.
One of the biggest problems of using low-grade vinyl siding in the past was its lack of insulation value. Newer styles of vinyl siding are now being manufactured with greatly enhanced insulation backing that provides an effective layer of protection for your home.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is composed of cement, sand and cellulose fiber that has been cured with pressurized steam to increase its strength and dimensional stability. The fiber reinforces the product and prevents cracking. This siding product will protect your home from rot, fire, wind and insects.
Fiber cement siding can have an embossed wood-grained texture, stucco or smooth finish. These products are combined with various types of vinyl trim to block the weather. Vinyl ventilation accessories may also be utilized and painted as you wish.
Fiber cement siding may be painted using water-based acrylic paint, which grips these products very well and doesn’t peel because the products do not expand and contract like wood. Paint typically lasts up to 15 years. Stains may also be applied to fiber cement.
James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology
James Hardie — is the largest producer of fiber-cement siding in North America —and is the only siding manufacturer that controls its siding products from the initial mixing of the cement to final painting in one facility. Over 41 quality assurance checks are made throughout the manufacturing process and each batch of siding is also checked at three outside testing facilities to monitor long-term durability. ColorPlus® is:
- Specially formulated siding paint stands up to UV levels
- Offers up to 30% more color fade resistance
- Designed by Leslie Harrington, an expert color designer
- Designed to complement your home perfectly
- Guaranteed to make your home siding will look amazing, for years to come
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Wood is a traditional siding material, either in shakes (shingles), or clapboard form. While it isn’t as common in recent years, wood siding was used on houses for hundreds of years. Wood siding used to be made of raw hardwood, such as; yellow poplar, red oak, hickory, beech, sycamore and soft maple, but are now more often made from common softwoods like cedar and redwood. While nice to look at, wood siding generally requires frequent scraping and painting, and regular maintenance, particularly in regions with extremes of moisture and temperature.
Because of the variety of ways to apply it and formulate it, stucco siding has been utilized for hundreds of years. Typically seen in Mission or Spanish-style architecture, stucco can be smooth or course, raked or swirled. It can contain sand, lime or pebbles. Depending upon the climate and the desired texture, different types of cement are used in the stucco mix.
Tice Exteriors—your best choice for quality work and professional installation.
No matter what project you want to tackle for your home, Tice Exteriors is your best choice for quality work and professional installation. Call us today at (816) 628-3368 to schedule a FREE in-home discussion and estimate on your next home improvement project.