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Queen Anne Style Homes Have Alternative Siding Options

There are a number of neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area that feature historic homes. Some feature Queen Anne architecture, which is a picturesque, free-Renaissance style that frequently includes a wrap-around porch, an asymmetrical façade, prominent gables, and patterned-wood shingles.  When renovating the exterior of these historical homes, many homeowners believe that their options are limited to wood siding.

However, Susanne Clemenz of Old House Web turns that belief around in her article Is Non-wood Siding Appropriate for Your Queen Anne Home?  In this article, Clemenz writes about manufactured siding and the various advantages it has over wood. Some points she makes include:

  • Some manufactured siding comes in styles that mimic that of original Queen Anne homes.  Fiber cement siding can be made to look like wood, and some fiber cement and vinyl siding selections come in styles that feature scallops and other accents that would make them appropriate for your Queen Anne home.
  • Fiber cement siding can be painted at the factory and can easily be painted again later if you decide to change the color of your home.
  • Unlike wood siding, which is flammable and at risk of being damaged by insects such as termites, fiber cement is fire- and insect-resistant.
  • When it comes to installation, wood is relatively easy to work with, but it is difficult to find good straight wood for your siding. Vinyl siding is easy to install. Fiber cement siding is heavy and can be brittle and requires expert installation.

You can learn more by reading the full article here.

Clemenz advises that before you plan to renovate your historic Queen Anne home, you find out the requirements of your historic district to ensure that you do not violate any codes when you make your selection. She also recommends talking to some experienced area siding contractors to get advice and to see pictures of similar homes that they have worked on.

Whatever type of siding you ultimately decide on, you can contact Baltic Home Improvements for a free estimate for your siding installation job. We are a trusted and award-winning home improvement company that has been operating in the southwestern Chicago suburbs since 2004. Contact us today to learn more.

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