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What Are The Different Types of Siding? (+Pros and Cons)

May 6th, 2019 BY First American Roofing

When it comes to making sure that your home is strong and has the curb appeal to impress, you must consider your siding.

However, this is easier said than done. With so many different siding options to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily for you, we’ve broken down some of the best sidings you can get for your home with pros and cons for each. By the end of this article, you’ll be on your way to picking the best choice for your home and your needs.

Let’s get started!

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a fairly popular choice for homes for a few reasons. First, everyone is fairly familiar with vinyl siding. Because of this, it makes for a safe choice for homeowners because they are already knowledgable about the product. In addition, it is also one of the most affordable types of siding, as it is the economy option. However, this does make it not as durable as some of the other siding options available. But, it does come with a wide range of colors, which is another reason people are drawn to it.

All in all, vinyl siding will get the job done, but it is more likely to succumb to damage by hail, baseballs, and other objects flying through the sky.

Insulated Vinyl

Next up, we have insulated vinyl. What makes this different from regular vinyl is that the insulation is built right into the ridge of the panel. Having the insulation set up this way helps to insulate the home better and overall help secure the temperature of homes — which can help save you money. It also helps make it more durable, meaning you may be spending less on repairs or replacement siding.

With insulated vinyl siding, you get an upgrade from regular vinyl while also maintaining a large number of color options as well.

LP SmartSide

LP SmartSide is engineered hardwood that is extremely durable. In fact, it’s so durable that the manufacturing of this siding allows for a 50-year warranty. Also, the company that puts the finishing on it has a lifetime guarantee. In other words, the extra money you use to purchase this type of siding will be well worth it down the road. Even if you’re not planning on sticking around for 50 years, having LP SmartSide can help bring up your home’s value.

Unlike with vinyl, you can paint this type of siding so if you ever get sick of the color, want something new to update your home, or are looking to tackle a new color trend, this siding allows for just that. When it comes to which color you want, the sky is the limit. You can have any custom color on your home with LP SmartSide siding.

Hardie Board

If you think siding that contains cement would be very durable, then you’d be right. Hardie Board siding is extremely strong and can handle all sorts of objects and elements thrown its way. Unlike LP SmartSide, James Hardie paints their siding in-house, so you know you’ll get that consistency across the board. They offer a 30-year warranty and you can once again get any custom color for your home.

Everlast Composite

Last, but certainly not least, we have Composite Everlast. Made from crushed rock with polymers and resins, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger, more sturdy siding. Everlast is so confident in this product, they offer a guarantee for as long as you own the home. While the colors are a little more limited, they do have a nice variety of slap options so you can find the perfect fit for your house.

First American Roofing – Your Go-To Siding Company

Whether you’re looking for new siding on your home, or are interested in-touching up the current exterior of your home, give First American a call at (608) 783 3101. For dirty siding, we’ll come to your home and softwash your siding, which will make it look brand new once more. If your roofing, windows or gutters also need to be looked at, we’ll take care of that too. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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