One of the most popular exterior remodeling projects in the Twin Cities is siding replacement. From peeling paint to warped panels, there are plenty of reasons to get a fresh start with new, beautiful siding from The Construction Group.
Or maybe you’re just ready to update the look of your home’s exterior. Whatever your reasons for investing in new siding, it’s one of the best things you can do for your home’s curb appeal and overall value.
Let’s take a closer look at five siding types to consider for your new siding installation!
1. Cedar Siding
Cedar siding is a beautiful option if you love the natural look of wood siding. But unlike other types of cedar siding, cedar siding is not prone to common wood siding pitfalls like rotting, warping, bubbling, and splits. And thanks to its natural properties, cedar siding has a naturally high level of insulation built right into its DNA.
Cedar siding is also surprisingly durable for a natural siding option. In fact, cedar is more durable than many types of vinyl siding and is capable of holding up to some of the wild weather that comes our way in the Twin Cities area. Cedar is also valued for its natural pest resistance, which means you won’t have to worry about termite infestations costing you money down the road.
The most common types of cedar siding are Alaskan yellow cedar, red cedar, and white cedar. You can also choose from cedar shakes, planks, or shingles when deciding on a siding look for your new cedar exterior.
2. LP SmartSide Engineered Wood Siding
If you love the idea of real wood siding but you want something that is manufactured for durability and performance, you can’t go wrong with LP SmartSide. LP SmartSide is engineered using wood, strengthening resin, zinc borate, and moisture-resistant waxes, and then treated to withstand fungus, hail, termites, and extreme weather. It’s easy to install and even easier to maintain.
Unlike many other types of engineered siding, LP SmartSide doesn’t effloresce when it comes into contact with moisture. Efflorescence is a process where moisture can get into the siding where it causes the salts and minerals to dissolve within the substrate.
After these elements have dissolved, solar radiation causes the siding to heat, evaporating the water trapped within it. Once this water escapes, the dissolved minerals appear on the siding surface, leaving it with an unattractive white deposit that indicates the siding is compromised.
With LP SmartSide, you’ll never have to worry about encountering this issue.
3. Vinyl Siding
For an affordable siding solution that looks great and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, quality vinyl siding is your best bet. Vinyl siding is one of America’s most popular siding options, and unlike painted siding, it won’t peel or fade over time. In fact, cleaning your vinyl siding is a simple matter of spraying it down with a garden hose and spot cleaning.
Vinyl siding is also a great way to get just about any look you want for your home since vinyl siding is incredibly versatile and available in a wide range of looks. Choose from board and batten, lap, or vertical lap siding in a number of profiles.
4. Steel Siding
Steel siding is hands-down the most durable siding option on the exterior remodeling market today. Environmentally friendly, attractive, and energy-efficient, steel siding is available in a surprising array of colors and designs.
And unlike the metal siding of the past, today’s steel siding comes in a wide range of profiles that can replicate the look of natural wood if that’s what you’re looking for. But one of the best reasons to invest in steel siding is how long it lasts and how little effort you’ll need to put into siding maintenance as time goes by.
When it comes to longevity, there is no better option than steel siding. Like vinyl siding, it won’t paint, chip, flake, or peel. But unlike vinyl siding, it will last almost indefinitely.
5. Fiber Cement Siding
If your goal is to install new siding and then never think about it again, you should consider going with fiber cement siding. Fiber cement is engineered using Portland cement and wood pulp to create a natural look that’s one of the most durable siding options on the market.
When it comes to fire and impact resistance, fiber cement siding is one of the best types of siding available today. It won’t warp when exposed to solar radiation, and it’s rated to stand up to contact with direct flames for longer than many other types of siding materials.
How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home
If you’re confused as to which siding type is the right fit for your home, take a small step back and first consider these tips which will help you with your decision process.
Let’s face it, everyone wants a great curb appeal which includes the beautiful full view of the facade of your home. This will, no doubt, be on the forefront of homeowners’ minds–it has to look beautiful to you.
You will want some assurance that your siding is water resistant because Minnesota homeowners encounter some serious weather extremes. Consider a product that will stand up to typical weather patterns in your area, ensuring its durability.
A sturdy siding product can help keep cold air from leaking into your home during the winter and out of your home during the summer. This means more energy is necessary to maintain the temperature of your home.
You’ll need to understand what type of insulation will be needed underneath the siding. Check the R-value rating, or ask your contractor.
Installation and Versatility
Will your siding choice be easy to install? You will need the required skills if you’re trying to install siding on your own, so make sure you can handle the task for the siding type you select and no special tools necessary.
Hiring a professional siding contractor will ensure the correct installation procedure is followed for whatever siding you choose. In addition, consider what the added costs or necessary adjustments will be needed for the type of siding.
Schedule Your Siding Replacement Services
Are you ready to check out siding options for your Twin Cities area home? Whether your siding is beginning to look worn or you’re simply ready for a home exterior update, we’ve got you covered at The Construction Group. We can help you choose siding that matches your taste and style, and give you a fair and accurate estimate of your project.
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