Siding is the exterior cladding of your home in which to protect the structure from the elements. Protecting your most valuable asset should include taking the proper precautions and arming yourself with the proper knowledge to make the right decisions . Be aware of what the cheapest price holds in this market as there are multiple choices with siding nowadays.
Was created in the 1950s as an alternative to aluminum siding and wood siding. Due to the availability in colors and profiles it did not make it big until the late 60s and 70s. Now there are 8 profiles to choose from with many colors as well. When it comes to your standard Dutch lap and straight lap panels be aware they come in different gauges (thickness) and with longevity the panel thickness matters. At Exterior Gutters we pride ourselves on using the thickest available which is the .044 gauge. New construction panels usually vary from a .038-.040 gauge and tend to break in the winter, warp in the summer, and oxidize (chaulky white film) after being washed too much. Regardless of your siding choice KEEP YOUR WARRANTIES .. it could save you a lot later on.
Hardi was created over 135 years ago but was introduced in the United States in the 1990s as Masonite siding was having manufacturing issues and was in a lawsuit. Hardiplank comes in lap panels or sheets 8' and 10' long and come primed or pre-painted. It is popular with homeowners because it can be painted and popular with insurance companies because of its fire retardant properties. TAKE CAUTION before using the pre-painted siding and read reviews.
Is one of the first types of siding created and is one of the most popular types of siding due to its rich textures and the ability to paint or stain. It is also one of the most durable types of siding available, but because pests tend to ruin the siding, it has lost some of its popularity.