June 8, 2010

Planning A Siding Project


Your roof isn’t your only protection from the elements – your windows, doors, gutters, and siding also play a critical role. Siding isn’t all vinyl, and it isn’t all one color; there are countless options, and your choice could be affected by weather patterns, cost – even neighborhood rules. Be sure you know as much as possible before you make a decision about siding your home. Just like roofing, select a reputable, knowledgeable Minneapolis siding contractor whose credentials you can review, and perhaps who your neighbors have recommended you. He or she can help you choose the proper installation for your home, and your choices begin at the type of siding you select.

Replacing Siding Minneapolis MN

Vinyl Siding
Probably the most common type of siding on the average home. Vinyl siding is made from PVC, and is sold in a wide variety of colors for nearly any application. Vinyl isn’t as environmentally friendly as other types, but it tends to be less expensive.

Steel Siding
Steel siding is highly durable, and can be recycled if removed. While color choices aren’t as varied as other types of siding, a 50 year warranty comes with steel.

Fiber Cement Board Siding
Also known as James Hardi siding, this is a very durable and customizable type of siding. It can be painted any color, and comes with a 50-year warranty.

Wood Clapboard Siding
As beautiful as brick or old stucco, clapboard siding is just as historical. It’s the oldest type of siding on this list, and when properly maintained, can last a lifetime. It can be painted, is available in a variety of sizes, and can be completely customized for your home. Different types of wood – cedar, pine, douglas fir, and others – are used in different applications. This is usually the most expensive type of siding.

For more information about the types siding available, their warranties, lifetimes, and advantages, visit Stinson Services’ info page.

Once you’ve selected a contractor – sure sure to select one who is VSI certified – and been in contact with him or her, he or she will provide you with an estimate to move the process forward. You may want to seek competing estimates if there are many siding company options in your area. You’ll schedule a date to begin work, and a crew will arrive to remove your old siding. Once that’s complete, a new moisture barrier is installed on home as well as your new fascia. The length of your project depends on the size of your home, weather conditions, and the type of siding you’ve selected. When the job is complete, your contractor should always be prudent about fulling cleaning your site. Now you’re ready to enjoy years of new, beautiful siding.

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