Installing the Right Type and Look of Siding for Your Home

When your home’s siding is in good condition, your home is in good condition. The siding is essential for maintaining the value of your home. Like the body it is the skin of your home. Like the skin, it protects the bones and muscles that make up your house. Without it, your home would be exposed to the elements. Siding Installation Beaver PA guarantees your home will be able to stay standing for the decades to come.

Types of Siding

Protective and decorative siding comes in many forms. There’s vinyl siding which can be made to look like brick, wood, stone and traditional aluminum siding. Aluminum siding which can be made to resemble wood siding is another exceptional look for your home. There’s wood siding which is very traditional and can take many different forms from cedar shake to ice siding and board and batten siding. Finally, there’s engineered wood siding that is made of wood fibers mixed with exterior grade resins and primed for paint. At one time, the owner had to worry about moisture problems. Technology has eliminated that concern and most engineered wood siding is warranted against those issues.

Installing Siding

The look you are trying to achieve will determine the manner used to install it. Vinyl siding has the most versatile looks, yet the final appearance sought will determine the type of installation needed. The appearance of vinyl siding can take many forms:

1) Dutch Lap
2) Clapboard
3) Beaded
4) Log Siding
5) Vertical
6) Board & Batten
7) Shingle & Shake
8) Half Round or Scallop Shakes
9) Cedar Shakes
10) Insulated Siding

Installation Techniques

The siding look that utilizes long horizontally overlapping sheets of siding are Dutch Lap and Clapboard. Each layer slightly overlaps the lower level of siding allowing water to roll off the building without settling and entering the surface.

• Other horizontal sheets are Beaded and Log Siding. Beaded look is formed with a rounded grove or notch along the lower edge. When it needed to be carved out, it once was a sign of wealth, because the owner could afford the extra cost involved in making the siding. Log siding mimics the look of natural pine or cedar. It has the coloring and texture associated with the wood even when made from vinyl. It is a thicker vinyl product, so it is stronger and more durable, but it doesn’t carry the cost and maintenance of real wood.

• Vertical siding requires an extra step in its installation. An extra layer of horizontal furring strips must be install beneath the vertical siding to insure a flat installation.

• Shakes and Shingles give the appearance of being singly applied, but they are also applied in horizontal strips.

Siding protects the home from weather, wind and other dangerous objects. A building is stronger because of it protective cover. Without it, it is far more susceptible to damage. Vinyl, wood, brick, stucco all provide additional protection for a home. Most people can afford vinyl siding, so it tends to be the most popular siding material in the U.S.

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