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What You Should Know about the Different Types of Siding

Siding comes in a number of different designs, colors and materials. If you are thinking of adding siding to your Chicagoland home, it may help to know a little bit about the different siding materials that are available to you.

This information can be found in an excellent article by home repair expert, Bob Formisano entitled Types of Siding for the Home – Wood, Vinyl, Aluminum, Cement Fiber. This article provides detailed information about each of these four siding types. Some information Formisano offers can be found below.

Wood Siding: This siding is aesthetically pleasing and is often a top choice for historic homes. Unfortunately, it is very high-maintenance, particularly if you choose to paint rather than stain it. Some other considerations include:

  • It comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes
  • It is fairly easy to repair but difficult to install over existing siding
  • It can be damaged by rot, insects, warping or splitting

Aluminum Siding: This low-maintenance siding is frequently installed on newer homes. Other considerations include:

  • It comes in a variety of styles, colors and textures, including a wood shake/shingle style.
  • The material is durable, but prefinished painted finished have been known to fade, chalk and runoff onto brick walls below the siding.
  • It is prone to denting and being noisy

Vinyl Siding: This low-cost, low-maintenance siding option is a popular choice among area homeowners. Some other considerations include:

  • It comes in a variety of styles, colors and textures, including wood shake/shingle style.
  • Unlike aluminum siding, vinyl siding colors are not likely to fade, chalk or bleed.
  • Proper installation is required or the siding may warp and buckle.

Fiber Cement Siding: This is the latest development in residential siding and it the siding type chosen by Formisano for his own home.  It is very low maintenance, beautiful and made from recyclable materials. Some other considerations include:

  • It comes the closest to emulating natural wood grain and it hard to distinguish from some wood siding products.
  • It is extremely durable.
  • It is not subject to rot or termite damage.

You can get more complete and detailed information about each of these siding types by reading the full article here.

Before you make any decision about siding for your home, be sure to speak with local contractors to get more information as well as an estimate for your installation job. If you live in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, you will want to include Baltic Home Improvements on your short-list of potential contractors to do the job. We are an award-winning home improvement firm located in Lemont, but we service a number of area neighborhoods. Find out why we are the top choice of Chicagoland homeowners by contacting us today.

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