7 Types of Siding For a House

The primary purpose of your siding is to protect your home from all the weather elements including rain, wind, hail, snow as well as others. A professionally installed siding product also helps with insulation from chilly weather and will keep your energy bill low and vice versa for warm weather as well. The functionality of siding is straightforward but choosing the right material and style and color of your new siding for the aesthetic purposes can be detrimental to the curb appeal of your home. It is important to of course get the right siding for your climate but also a color and style of siding that matches your tastes and preferences. We created a list of some of the most popular types of siding for homes, so which type of siding is right for you and your home?  

Vinyl Siding 

Installers putting vinyl siding on home.
Vinyl Siding

Pros: Needs to be painted every 10-20 years, Lower maintenance, Not as expensive as other materials

Cons: Not as durable, disposal and manufacturing process is bad for the environment, melts under high heat 

Vinyl siding is known for its availability in a wide range of colors and wood look options. Vinyl is also well known by many homeowners because of how widely it is used on homes. It makes it a safe choice for homeowners looking for an inexpensive option while still being a quality product that will last.  

Something that you should know is that vinyl is not the most durable type of siding there is. It easily dents and becomes noticeable if you live in an area where it hails often or live near golf course, these dents and holes will populate. Something that you should also note is that vinyl becomes easy access for pests where they can really flourish.  

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding 

Pros: Extremely durable, fire resistant, Lasting color, long lasting, little maintenance.  

Siding - James Hardie Khaki Brown Hardie Lap Siding And Arctic White Trim
James Hardie Fiber Cement

Cons: More expensive than vinyl, LP and composite, not as expensive as other materials.  

James Hardie Fiber Cement siding is commonly found to be one of the most durable materials there is. Fiber cement siding is made up of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. Of course, other manufacturers have different formulas, but the James Hardie brand adds performance enhancing additives that make it the obvious choice for those looking to add substantial value and protection. Fiber Cement is known as being far more fire resistant than vinyl and wood materials and has saved many homes from worst case scenarios in the past. Every James Hardie fiber cement siding comes with the James Hardie Color Plus technology that will help in preserving the color and keeping your siding pristine.   

Some may consider the cost of James Hardie fiber cement as being overwhelming but the security and advantages of James Hardie Fiber Cement that your home will add is second to none. 

LP Smart Siding 

Pros: Comparable warranties, durable, available with a large list of styles and options, comparable cost to most.  

LP siding in brownish color
LP Siding.

Cons: Not suitable for every climate, chipping is common, not fire resistant, pests love LP. 

This type of siding is notably exceptionally durable and available in a wide range of styles and colors. In most cases LP siding will be extremely impact resistant. LP has a comparable cost to most other materials including vinyl and composite.  

LP smart siding is made up of wood fibers and treated with other chemicals to resist pests and termites. These chemicals, if not applied correctly can lose its ability to provide adequate protection from pests. Mentioned earlier, LP smart siding is made of wood and is not fire resistant by any means. Something to consider when looking for your next siding material is the region you live in. Living in an area with high precipitation will not allow you to qualify for a significant percentage of the warranties under LP.  

Composite siding 

Pros: Economically priced, good appearance, Minimal maintenance, durable,  

Brown Composite Siding
Composite Siding

Cons: Color fades after 8-10 years, prone to cracking and splitting, unnatural texture.  

Composite wood siding is made up of wood scraps and then bonded together with resins and then treated with chemicals to avoid mold and insects from penetrating your home. Composite siding does have a wood look if that is what your preference is. For what it is, it is very economical and is not as expensive as wood siding. Composite siding does have a wide range of colors, patterns and textures that will match whatever your preference is. Also, there is exceptionally minimal maintenance needed and it only needs to be repainted every 8-10 years and of course that depends on the climate you live in. The durability of composite siding is much better than vinyl and lasts about 5-10 years longer. It will protect your home from water damage, mold, weather damage, and fungus.  

Whether you think of it as a positive or negative, the color of composite siding will fade at some point and does require to be repainted every 10 years or so. Because of the resin that binds that wood scraps together, composite siding is often found to crack and split which allows moisture to get through and cause a ripple effect throughout your siding. If you are looking for a wood grain texture, this might not be the option for you as it has a very unnatural feeling to it but gives off a wood-like appearance. 

Board and Batten Siding 

Pros: Aesthetically looks great on certain homes, wide range of options, long lasting if there are no issues.  

Cons: More costly than any other siding material, hard to repair, issues with warping, not suitable for every home.  

Often referred to as barn siding, board and batten siding is made of either a composite wood, vinyl, fiber cement, or steel. It is called barn siding

Brown Board & Batten siding
Board & Batten Siding

because it is usually installed into barns but, has been trending for its stacked look that will provide excellent durability. Because of its ability to block out harsh weather conditions, and pests it makes a desirable choice for those looking for a quality siding material. Something else that is great about this type of material is that it will last a few decades with little issues and little maintenance. Along with being lasting, it also comes in a wide range of styles and colors that will match any of your preferences.  

Now for the not so good. Board and batten siding is known as being hard to find. Not a lot of contractors these days offer this type of siding. You are also going to pay a premium price for this as well. Depending on the size and type of home you have, board and batten might not be an excellent choice and may come out awkward looking. The biggest Issues that board and batten siding has is warping. Over time your new siding may warp and let in moisture and eventually rot away resulting in a new replacement job. This type of material is also extremely hard to repair, and any kind of repair usually results in an entire replacement. 

Wood Siding 

Pros: Environmentally friendly, Endless finishes and stains options, durable if maintenance is done correctly, Different wood options to choose,

Wood Siding
Wood Siding

high end luxury item, assorted styles.  

Cons: Expensive to maintain and to repair, pests are an issue, expensive depending on type of wood, fire hazard. 

Wood siding can be a superb choice for those looking for that log cabin look. Wood siding can come in a wide range of types of woods including pine, spruce, fir, cedar, redwood, and cypress. It can also be stained and or painted in any color that you would like. If maintained and cared for on a yearly basis and even on a bi-annual basis it could last for decades. Homeowners nowadays are trying to find ways to set their homes apart and make them unique. Wood shake siding is known to be a luxury item that many prospective home buyers are looking for and could be a selling point. Wood siding can come in many shapes and forms including lap, shingle, shake etc.  

Keep in mind wood siding is a luxury item and with every luxury item there is expensive maintenance to keep it pristine. Homeowners love the wood look, but pests love the wood even more. Termites and other pests might become a problem if they find an entrance into your home and will wreak havoc. As many are aware of, wood siding is not by any means capable of withstanding fires and can increase your home insurance premiums.  

Metal siding 

Pros: Lower maintenance than many other types of siding, insects don’t find metal attractive, very durable, energy efficient, Appearance is more modern, environmentally friendly. 

Red Metal Siding on home
Metal Siding

Cons: Expensive, repairs are costly and challenging, prone to dents that are apparent,  

Metal Siding has been a popular choice in recent years for its modern look and energy efficiency capabilities. This material is able to block UV rays from penetrating your home and helps your home support its temperature inside. Metal siding is also extremely durable and does not break down or lose its appearance over time. It is also very maintenance free with the exception of an annual cleaning with a pressure washer. Also, the manufacturing process as well as the recycling process is very environmentally friendly.  

Much like wood siding, metal siding is a luxury item and is an expensive type of material. This is true as well for any kind of repair. If you are in need of a repair to your metal siding, unfortunately you won’t be able to replace the one spot that needs a repair, and you’ll have to replace the entire panel. This type of material is also prone to dents, but if you do have thicker metal panels than this issue is usually avoidable but of course you’re going to pay a premium for the thickness.   

Which Siding is the best for my home? 

Comparing the materials for your new siding can be extremely hard, especially keeping your budget and your climate in mind. Every home is different, and every home has specific needs. So which material is best for your home? In our 11 years of experience in the home improvement industry, we do recommend American made, James Hardie fiber cement siding for its durable qualities and products that are made specifically for your home climate.  

Your Go-To Siding Home Improvement Contractor 

Transform your home to a new and more updated curb appeal with DaBella. We provide industry leading limited manufacturer warranties and factory-trained installers that get the job done right the first time. If you are interested in seeing what DaBella has to offer, contact us today at 844-DaBella and see why we are the fastest growing home improvement company in the U.S.  

9 Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Starting a Home Improvement Project

Questions For Contractors For a Successful Home Improvement Project!

Starting a home improvement project can be a daunting task for anyone. Doing your due diligence in research and planning is essential for any home improvement project to be successful. Hiring the right contractor for what you have in mind may be even more difficult. We have listed 9 essential questions to ask a contractor before you hire.

Are You Licensed, Bonded & Insured?

A contractor license is mandatory for any construction business that is generating revenue while working on residential homes. Most licenses differ from state to state. it should be made clear which state your contractor is licensed in. A contractor license suggests that they have the necessary skills and have taken the steps to properly conduct business in your state. Asking for a contractor license is very normal and a copy should be provided when asked for.

If a contractor cannot provide a license for you to review, then you should look elsewhere for someone to work on your home. A contractor that cannot provide a copy of a contractor license should not be trusted and should be reported immediately to the state’s contractor licenser.

When a contractor is bonded, they have obtained a surety bond. The surety bond has 3 parts. The principle – the company that has obtained the bond, the obligee – the party that requires the bond before permitting the business to do the work, it is usually a state or municipal institution. The bond protects the 3rd party from any kind of losses that may occur such as incomplete work, damage, theft etc. The third party can file a claim and be compensated for any kind of losses that may have occurred.

Not to be confused with the surety bond, a contractor that is insured by a third party should be covered for any kind of risks that may occur while on the job. The most common forms of insurance are workers comp and general liability insurance.

DaBella is fully licensed, bonded and insured in every state that we operate in. If you have any further questions about licenses or insurance coverage, our specialist will be happy to go over that information with you during a free estimate.

Can You Provide a List of References?

Providing a list of references should be no problem for most reputable contractors, especially if they have been in business for a good amount of time. Showing you questions or getting some form of communication for a reference will allow you to get a promising idea of the kind of work they do and the standard they set for themselves when dealing with customers.

Ask one of our specialists for a list of references during your free estimate.

What is The Expected Timeline For Work?

If you have a deadline for a project to be complete such as when you are selling the home, predicting a baby or having family over for the holidays; be clear with your contractor about when you want things done. Giving this message gives clear expectations that should be met when contracts are signed.

At DaBella, based on the product, the timeline varies but we have very close connections with our manufacturers, and we will make sure to stick to the timeline that was originally set to the best of our ability.

What Kind of Financing Do You Offer?

Homeowners can either pay in cash or finance their home improvement projects through the contractor directly or a contractor’s third-party financing lender. It is important to keep in mind that a homeowner should never be paying in full until the project is completed and to your satisfaction.

DaBella is neither a broker nor a lender. Financing is provided by third-party lenders unaffiliated with DaBella, under terms and conditions arranged directly between the customer and such lender, all subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. DaBella does not assist with, counsel or negotiate financing, other than providing customers an introduction to lenders interested in financing DaBella’s customers.

What is The Best Way to Stay in Contact with you?

Whether you’d like to get a simple update on where your project is in the process or have a problem with the installation. You should ask for the best way to get in touch with your contractor whether that’d be through phone, email, or submitting a contact us form on the website.

If you need to get in contact with DaBella, please contact our customer service team at 855-DaBella or 855-322-3552.

How Long Have You Been in Business?

You obviously want a contractor that has been in business for a good number of years and has a reputation for consistency and professionalism. Most home improvement contractors have some experience in this industry but are relatively new business owners. They could be very qualified workers but make sure that they are passing their knowledge and techniques onto their employees.

Dabella has been in business for just over 11 years with 36 offices located in 13 different states. Over those 10 years of business, we have set high expectations of what we want to accomplish. As a result, we have opened 36 offices since the beginning of 2011. Read about the Dabella Story here.

Will You Clean Up Once the Project is Completed?

A good contractor will make sure that all materials and all other building materials are not left on the property after the job is completed. Most contractors will be sure to pick up all nails with a magnet and transport all raw building materials off to be recycled. If the contractor does not include the cleanup in the contract, you do have the option of hiring a post construction cleanup crew.

At DaBella, we strive to leave you with a product that catches eyes and the only way we can do that is by leaving your property the same as it was before the project started. We will make sure your exterior is well protected during the installation as well as after. We will pick up all materials that were either unused or  after we are finished with your home improvement project.

Will I Have a Dedicated Team Working at my Home?

Most contractors work tirelessly on multiple projects for different homeowners. Having multiple crews working on your home could create chaos, especially if there wasn’t clear communication between the two crews on what has been done and what still needs to be done.

A crew that is consistent, stable and shows up with the same workers should make it so there are fewer errors. This will also make it easier to pick up where they left off if this is a multi-day project. You will have a crew that is dedicated to your home and only your home until the project is done. If there are any problems with the finished project, it will be easier to determine who is at fault.

Here at DaBella, we will assign a designated installer crew that will specifically work on your home. There is no jumping around from house to house and our crew will work on the same project until it is done and to your satisfaction.

What is the Schedule for Payments?

You should never pay for a project in full after signing contracts. You should always wait till the project is done to your satisfaction before submitting the final payment. Ask one of our specialists about our financing options and they would be happy to explain the schedule of payments you will make for your next home improvement project.

DaBella is Here to Help You With Your Questions

DaBella has been performing high quality home improvement experiences for thousands of homeowners every year. If you are in need of a roof, siding, windows or bath replacement services, contact the experts at DaBella. We will answer any and all of your questions and will provide you with a free no-obligation quote. Contact us today at 844-DaBella.