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The siding on your home creates a unique look and feel, but can also keep your home protected and well insulated from the elements. Weather-Tite can help you choose the right material and look for your home’s siding. We have experience in installing all types of siding, stone, stucco, windows, soffit, and fascia. We will identify why your old siding is failing and inform you of new siding products or installation techniques to make your new siding last in any climate. Our siding crew comes from a custom home building background so we love complex projects. We offer a ten-year warranty on all our installations to go along with your product manufacturer warranty.

Types of Siding

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Steel Siding

Whether you are building a new house or looking to replace what you currently have, choosing what siding to use is a big decision. If you look around a few of the neighborhoods in your local area, especially those with houses that were built over 30 years ago they will likely feature steel siding. Known for its durability and aesthetically pleasing design steel siding is one of the best values you can add to your home.

As steel siding evolves it has been designed to look and feel just like many natural elements such as wood, stone, and brick. Like most siding, steel siding is also available in shingles or board styles. This gives you a wide variety of shapes and configurations.

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This is one of the most popular steel siding choices. This siding style comes in sheets that exhibit a wavy pattern. By interrupting a solid sheet of steel with these perpendicular waves you increase its already known strength features even further. In fact, corrugated sheets of metal have some of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of almost any construction material. This makes it an excellent choice for both siding and roofs.

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This is an industry term for vertical sheet metal panels. It’s one of the most popular metal styles for homes and roofs. It is very similar to corrugated panels with the only difference being the spacing in-between the grooves and much farther apart.

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This style has become a very popular choice as they can mimic shingles, brick veneers and design patterns that only metal can achieve. An additional benefit to this style is that if a tile gets damaged it can easily be repaired or replaced.

Steel Frequently Asked Questions

Strength and Durability – Steel has been known for its durability for over 100 years. It has the strength to withstand baseballs, tree branches, rock from lawn movers, and a lot of life’s other surprises. It’s also great for places with unpredictable weather patterns as steel is resistant to large hailstones, windblown debris, and bitterly cold temperatures. It is also a great option as it doesn’t become weaker or brittle with age.

Requires Little Maintenance – Because of steel’s strengths, it requires very little maintenance as most accumulated dirt and debris can be washed away by rain, a hose, or a pressure washer.

Insect and Decay Resistance – Due to the fact that steel is an inorganic material it is resistant to decay. Another benefit is that rodents and insects are not attracted to it because they are unable to penetrate it.

​Fire Resistance – Steel was made to be almost completely resistant to fire and heat. It will not catch fire or burn, and in most circumstances will not melt.

​Color Retention – Unlike aluminum siding that will fade and become weathered after many years, steel will not fade. Its color will remain intact for decades.

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Energy-Inefficient – Compared with non-metal sidings, such as engineered wood siding, fiber-cement siding, or vinyl siding, steel can easily transfer heat between the interior living area and that outside. This makes it very challenging to regular the heat, generating higher energy costs.

Corrosion or Rust – In the more humid climates where homes are exposed to moisture for long periods of time. Rust can become an issue. Once Steel siding begins to rust it can be very difficult to counter-act this issue. Once it begins it will leave your home susceptible to insects, moisture, or debris.

Expense – Steel siding is the most expensive upfront siding cost. However, it also lasts longer than any other siding. Steel siding has been known to last the entire lifetime of the house and usually comes with a 50-year warranty. Another benefit of enduring the steep upfront cost is the dramatic increase in your home’s value once you install steel siding.

​Difficult Installation – Installing Steel siding is rarely a DIY project; it requires an experienced team of installers that have special and expensive tools that can cut the heavy and large pieces of steel. Steel siding is also not cut into small individual pieces like many other types of siding when you need to replace or repair a damaged piece of siding you will need to replace the entire metal sheet.

​Picking the right type of siding for you can be one of the most important decisions to make when it comes to keeping your home safe. At Weather-Tite Exterior we are siding experts and can help you choose what type of siding is the right option for you and your home. Call us today for more information on steel siding or to request a quote.

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Steel Siding can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years. It is one of the most durable and low maintenance products on the market.

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You do not need to paint steel siding, but factory coating does have a tendency to chalk or erode which can lead to the fading of the color. At this time, you can paint your Steel siding but you will want to use a latex-bonding primer instead of a regular metal-paint primer.

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Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for houses and small apartment buildings. It is used for decoration and weatherproofing, imitating wood clapboard, board and batten or shakes, and used instead of other materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding. It is an engineered product that is manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.

​Approximately 80 percent of its weight is PVC resin, with the remaining 20 percent being ingredients that impart color, opacity, gloss, impact resistance, flexibility, and durability.

Vinyl Siding Frequently Asked Questions

There are many different vinyl siding options available. Vinyl siding is made to look just like real wood siding and just about any real wood siding is reproduced now in vinyl.  You can get the vinyl siding in almost any color, or texture, from smooth lap to rugged look of real hand-carved cedar boards.  

​When you hear people say ‘vinyl siding styles’, they are usually talking about the different looks of the actual siding panels. Each panel has different:

  • ​profiles
  • textures
  • colors
  • thicknesses
  • lengths (how long the planks are) 
  • and prices

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Durability – It is often said that vinyl siding is permanent because it typically will last a very long time. Titanium dioxide is often added to the chemical mixture to block UV rays, which deteriorated older vinyl siding. Consumers can purchase different grades of vinyl, both recycled and what is called “virgin,” and different thicknesses are available in both. Like any plastic product, a good quality vinyl siding can be everlasting to the point of indestructible, but only as long as it is well-maintained.

Maintenance – Wood must be painted or stained—vinyl requires no paint. Most can be painted, however Vinyl siding’s through-body color never needs repainting. It is not exactly true to say that vinyl is maintenance-free. To maintain its fresh appearance, vinyl siding should be washed every year. Any non-vinyl elements, such as window sashes and trim, will still require routine painting, and ladders leaning against the house can scuff or crack the vinyl siding.

Color – Vinyl is available in more colors than ever before, and new vinyl siding does not fade as quickly as older vinyl. Also, the pigmentation is baked-in rather than applied to the surface, so vinyl won’t show scratches. Before purchasing the siding, look at both sides of the siding, especially recycled products, to ensure that the color is not simply on one surface.

Property Values – As the quality and variety of vinyl improve, acceptance is growing. More and more new homes in the United States are finished with a vinyl veneer. Vinyl can give a ramshackle eyesore a new, clean look, hiding whatever is underneath it. ​Vinyl siding consistently holds decent resale value. According to the Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, to date, vinyl siding returns 74.7-percent of its cost upon sale—only 3-percent less than fiber-cement siding. ​So, for some types of homes or for neglected or derelict homes, vinyl siding is a clear positive. The cost of the vinyl siding will be lower than the cost of properly rehabilitating the existing siding, leading to an overall increase in property value.

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Durability – The way vinyl siding is hung also affects its durability—because it expands, it must be hung loosely. But if it’s too loose, wind can get underneath the thin sheets of vinyl siding and lift a panel from the wall. Windblown debris and strong hail can puncture vinyl. New developments have made vinyl stronger and less brittle, but the plastic sheets will still crack or break if struck or pulled at. While vinyl siding overall tends to be cheaper than other types of siding, the multitude of options and choices offered today can make vinyl siding more expensive. It’s not always the lowest-cost alternative to exterior siding.

Maintenance – Unlike wood and masonry, vinyl siding presents its own breed of maintenance worries. While proper installation should guard against moisture becoming trapped beneath the vinyl siding if this does happen it will accelerate rot, promote mold and mildew, and invite insect infestations.

Color – Depending on the quality of vinyl you buy, expect some fading after five years or so. Time and weather will also alter the gloss of your vinyl siding. If a panel is damaged, the new replacement panel might not be an exact match. After you have lived in your home for a number of years, you may grow weary of its color, especially if the vinyl has grown dim and faded. Vinyl siding can be painted but this is not a common practice. In general, the color of your vinyl house is the color it will always be until you install new siding.

Property Values – Removing the vinyl siding from a historically significant home such as a Victorian-era home or a Craftsman bungalow from the early 20th century often may increase the home’s value. Restoration of historic American dwellings to their original workmanship will certainly increase a home’s aesthetic value. On the other hand, vinyl is not the siding of choice for upscale, architect-designed homes. Some home shoppers may perceive vinyl as a cover-up for possible problems, or at the very least, a low-budget solution.

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Product Guide Ratings:

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Wood

$$$$

Vinyl

$-$$

Engineered Wood

$$-$$$

Fiber Cement

$$-$$$

Steel

$$-$$$

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Wood

A

Vinyl

A

Engineered Wood

C

Fiber Cement

B

Steel

B

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Wood

D

Vinyl

A

Engineered Wood

B-

Fiber Cement

B

Steel

A

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Wood

D

Vinyl

D

Engineered Wood

B

Fiber Cement

B

Steel

B

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Wood

D

Vinyl

A

Engineered Wood

C

Fiber Cement

B

Steel

A

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Wood

C

Vinyl

F

Engineered Wood

B

Fiber Cement

A-

Steel

C

wind

Wood

A

Vinyl

C

Engineered Wood

A

Fiber Cement

A

Steel

B

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Wood

F

Vinyl

D

Engineered Wood

C

Fiber Cement

A

Steel

A

Pests

Wood

F

Vinyl

A

Engineered Wood

B

Fiber Cement

A

Steel

A

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Wood

A

Vinyl

D

Engineered Wood

B

Fiber Cement

A

Steel

B

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