Plank Siding – This type of siding is also known as ‘lap’ siding. Each boad overlaps the board below creating a horizontal strip layout with a specific reveal pattern (different width options).
Panel Siding – This type comes in either smooth or cedarmill finish in large panels in a 4×8, 4×9, or 4×10’ size. The look of the panel depends on the choice of the application with the main ones being:
Board & Batten – flat boards with narrow vertical strips installed on top. The strips (or battens) are usually installed every foot and cover any of the joints between the boards.
Easytrim reveal system – a low profile aluminum strip is installed between the sheets to give the project a more modern and streamline look.
Shake/Shingle Siding – This type of siding can come in panels or single shakes and are more commonly used as an accent siding in gables or feature walls of projects. They can be ‘stitched’ together at corners to have a traditional shake look or have decorative trims to cover the corner joints when installing.
This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions by our clients. There are pro’s and con’s to both materials so here is a bit of a breakdown to help you decide:
Cost – Vinyl siding is definitely the most cost effective option. The material itself is much less as well as the cost for installation. That being said, fiber cement is definitely a better quality material.
Durability – Fiber cement can last anywhere from 30-50 years! Vinyl siding tends to become brittle after years of being in the elements and has a maximum warranty of 25 years.
Maintenance – Fiber cement siding needs to be painted and caulked every 5-10 years while vinyl siding does not. This may seem bothersome but it does allow you the flexibility to change the color of your house exterior to instantly update it for minimal cost. Vinyl siding cannot be painted (or at least we do not recommend it!) so the color cannot be changed unless it is completely replaced.
Eco-Friendliness – Fiber cement siding is derived from a wood pulp and cement mixture making it the most Eco-friendly choice between the two.
Decayed, warped or rotten parts on your wall – there is damage to your existing siding from the elements and it is no long performing to the standard you need. It is no longer ‘protecting’ your home.
Lifespan Limitation – your siding is 20-35 years old and is no longer performing to the standard required to protect your home.
Dated looking – you are wanting to update the curb appeal of your home to modernize or change the look.
To start, all you need is some accurate information. Our simple, no-pressure, free consultation will let you know what your exterior finishing or deck project will cost. If you answer a few quick questions, we can get started.