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Choosing the right siding and exterior presentation for your home can seem like a monumental task with all the choices available. Siding can help give your home a whole new look with excellent curb appeal, as well as insulate against the elements. It’s also a long-term investment that can reward you with low maintenance for years to come. At SGC Exteriors, we want the process to be as easy as possible so that you make the right decision for your home and your budget.
There are many styles of siding, but they generally fall into three categories: wood, vinyl and fiber cement. SGC Exteriors, VSI Certified (Vinyl Siding Institute), CertainTeed 5-Star Contractor Certified, and James Hardie Preferred Contractor certified suggests vinyl and fiber cement siding over wood for low maintenance and durability.
Vinyl Siding: Selections of product style and color are more varied than ever before. Today, you can find vinyl siding (made from UV stable PVC) in a wide array of colors and profiles that will match any architectural style you can imagine. From a budgetary standpoint, there are several options at several different price points that can help you stay on target and on budget.
Whether you want to create a whole new exterior or just “update” your home’s appearance—the possibilities with vinyl are numerous. Traditional clapboard and dutchlap siding can be combined with realistic looking shake and cottage style shingles to create a multi-dimensional look and feel to your home. Wood textures are also incorporated into vinyl siding for a more realistic and natural wood feel—without the environmental impact. If you are looking for a “green” option, there are siding products that are made from 100 percent recycled vinyl. Let us know if you’re interested in the “green” alternative.
Vinyl siding can also be insulated with profile contour foam, the insulation being attached to the back of the siding, or “dropped in” behind the siding.
Fiber Cement Siding: Designed to look like wood with manufactured texture and graining, fiber cement siding is a durable and long lasting option for home exterior improvements. Made from cement, sand and cellulose fiber, this composite is durable, deters rot and pests (termites, carpenter ants) and has a fireproof rating near brick masonry. Cured (baked and fired) to remove moisture, fiber cement may be custom prefinished with Fifteen year finish specifications to any taste or color palette. Fiber cement is also environmentally sustainable, less costly than real wood and has a lifetime warranty.
The quality is clear when you see fiber cement siding. The panel is densestructure is weighty, substantial and durable. When fiber cement lap or shingle siding is installed, your home will take on a whole new vibrancy, character and stature.
Fiber cement siding is available in a many different profiles, including cedar shake- and shingle-style, half round, clapboard, dutchlap, beaded and stucco panels. Architecturally, you can design your home to incorporate any style or detail you can dream up!