Siding – Choices

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The Purpose of Exterior Siding

Aesthetically, what is on the exterior of your house creates the first and often lasting impression of your home. Functionally, the siding material protects your house’s structure from the elements, mainly rain and wind driven moisture. Siding should be selected based on cost, aesthetics, durability, maintenance requirements, and environmental impact. Shew’s Top Quality Roofing and Guttering offers a wide selection of exterior cladding products.

Vinyl Siding

AmericaSidesWithVinyl005It’s a fact – one of every ten homes with vinyl siding on the exterior feature Polar Wall Plus brand. So why is Polar Wall vinyl siding so popular among homeowners nationwide? It’s virtually maintenance free. The color does not peel, blister or flake, so there is never a need to paint. Ever. It also offers great curb appeal with more trim options, more styles and more colors than ever before. Plus it still offers the lowest total installed cost, as well as the lowest life cycle cost over the life of the home, making it a great value. Add to that its ability to withstand high winds (certified up to 90 mph or higher) as well as heat in excess of 100°F and sub-zero cold, plus an ability to resist termite infestation and moisture buildup, and you’ve got a vinyl siding product that’s attractive to many homeowners.

Insulated Vinyl Siding

6 inch lap sidingOur Polar Wall Plus! is the newest innovation in vinyl siding! A line of vinyl siding products fused to a foam backing material, to create an all-in-one siding and insulation system. It’s energy efficient and highly impact resistant with solid support behind the entire siding surface. By adding an additional foam insulation layer, the R-values of exterior walls are increased by R-2.9 to 3.5 depending on the profile, helping to save on heating and cooling costs. The foam is made from environmentally friendly polystyrene, which has thermal expansion properties nearly identical to vinyl siding, and moderate vapor permeability to allow the siding to breathe. Unlike conventional siding, the foam offers protection against dents and other impact damage, allowing the siding to remain aesthetically pleasing, functional, and lasting. The system provides the thermal insulation benefits of foam sheathing in a format that enhances the appearance and performance of vinyl siding, including sound control properties.

Fiber Cement

wood sidingFor homeowners that want the look of wood but don’t want the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber-cement siding may be a satisfactory alternative. Fiber-cement siding is more durable than wood, termite-resistant, water-resistant and non-combustible. It is composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber. The cost of fiber cement siding is more than vinyl and less than stucco and wood siding. Unless top coat is applied in the factory, siding may need to be painted every four or five years. Fiber-cement siding is appropriate for hot and humid climates because it is resistant to rot, fungus and termite infestation. It also has good weathering characteristics, strength, and impact resistance.

Engineered Wood Siding

Engineered Wood SidingHere is a very affordable way homeowners can leave a lasting impression from the curb. With our scientifically advance engineered wood siding, homeowners can get the look of real cedar, plus the added durability and weather resistance that comes with a highly technical wood-looking product. The rich detail, deep textures and warm beautiful look of this engineered wood siding give every home that look of real craftsmanship. And as an added “plus,” homeowners who have engineered wood siding installed don’t have to worry about dealing with the constant upkeep of painting real wood siding, or have to worry about the siding rotting, cracking or being infested by termites.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum SidingThe precursor to vinyl, aluminum siding was first marketed about 50 years ago as a long-lasting, maintenance-free alternative to traditional sidings such as clapboard or wood shingles. Since aluminum is rot-proof, waterproof, fireproof, corrosion-resistant, impervious to termites and able to withstand years of exposure to the elements, the siding itself will last virtually indefinitely if simply left alone. Aluminum is a painted metal and may require painting over time. An additional consideration of aluminum is that it is susceptible to denting and scratching.

Steel Siding

Steel SidingOne of America’s most trusted materials is steel because of its strength and durability. However, when you combine steel with the low-maintenance advantages of vinyl and the beauty of natural wood, and homeowners can have siding that not only provides solid home protection, but also lasts a lifetime. To keep it looking new, just rinse occasionally with a garden hose. Plus, be mindful of the time and money you’ll be saving in upkeep. Steel siding won’t rust, crack, chip, peel, blister or flake. It won’t warp like ordinary siding. It can withstand Mother Nature’s harshest weather, including hail. And it’s fire and termite resistant. And regardless of the home’s architecture, steel siding comes in a variety of styles, colors and accessories to suit every taste out there.

Seamless Steel Siding

Seamless Steel SidingSeamless Steel Siding is custom fit, incredibly durable, maintenance free and available in the latest architectural designs. Its solid vinyl coating bonded to the steel surface never needs painting and resists scratches and corrosive pollutants while holding its color under intense heat and sunny conditions. Its strong steel base forms a core that won’t sag, ripple or vibrate. Its proven corrosion resistance won’t crack, chip or peel. Add to that the elimination of unsightly splices where dirt and moisture penetrate and there’s no question that Seamless Steel Siding is a great choice for new construction and remodeling projects.
According to the 2004 U.S. Census Bureau, nearly twice as many homeowners side their homes with vinyl than with any other material. Here’s why:

Excellant choices – Insulated Vinyl Siding

New trim and accent options, more styles and finishes, and a full spectrum of colors help architects, builders and homeowners achieve their ideal exterior style for any type of home in any neighborhood. Any look from historic to contemporary is possible with vinyl siding.While traditional pastel and earthy color options are still available, today’s vinyl siding offers a comprehensive array of darker color combinations including bold, rich tones like deep red, dark green, deep blues and more. And, all colors feature unsurpassed color retention.   

Tremendous value

Today’s vinyl siding is more than great looking, it’s a great value. It offers the lowest total installed cost, as well as the lowest life cycle cost over the life of a home. Its no-painting, low-maintenance features keep appreciating for years and years.It is a fact: Homeowners who reside their homes with vinyl siding typically recover nearly 95% of the cost when selling their homes.**2005 Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling Magazine  

 

Built-in durability and low-maintenance

With the ability to withstand high winds and a composition that resists heat, cold and moisture, vinyl siding retains its great looks over time.Vinyl siding never needs paint. Ever. The only maintenance it will need is a simple wash with a soft cloth and garden hose to keep it looking great, a feature today’s strapped-for-time homeowners totally appreciate!   

Truly environmental

No matter the color of vinyl siding, it’s green. Vinyl siding uses minimal raw material in production, and nearly all scrap is reprocessed into new vinyl products – meaning nearly zero waste. Additionally, because there is no need for paint, stain, caulk, etc. maintenance-related toxins are reduced.