Exterior Siding

While the primary purpose of siding is to protect your home from the elements, siding can also have a dramatic impact on the visual charateristics of the home. In addition, the type of siding you choose can have a significant impact on maintenance requirements– click here.

In repair situations, it is generally necessary to match the existing siding for esthetic purposes. However, there are situations in which it is possible to replace some areas of siding, such as gables, without detracting from the appearance of the home.

Until the middle of the twentieth century, wood was the primary material used for siding. After World War II aluminum and vinyl were introduced as low maintenance alternatives. Though both are still used today, vinyl siding has become more popular, particularly in the Northeast.

More recently, fiber-cement sidings have been introduced and are quickly becoming the product of choice. These sidings are rot resistant, dimensionally stable, and impervious to insect damage. Their stability helps them hold paint better. Fiber-cement sidings look much like wood, and with the introduction of dimensional boards (such as 1”x4” and 1”x6”) fiber cement can also be used for many trim applications.

All types of siding can be painted. However, vinyl and aluminum sidings should always be painted with a color the same as, or lighter than, the original color. Darker colors will absorb heat, and can cause the siding to buckle and deform.

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