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Make the Right Siding Decision for Your Home and Budget.

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 protect and insulate against the sometime harsh elements of nature. 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 friendly and easy for homeowners. Your goal can be to make the right decision for your home and your budget.

There are many styles of prefinished siding, but they generally fall into three categories: wood, vinyl and fiber cement. SGC Exteriors is  VSI Certified (Vinyl Siding Institute),  CertainTeed 5-Star Certified, and the James Hardie Preferred Associate Contractor in Dupage County. The vast majority of re-siding customers select  vinyl and fiber cement siding over wood for low maintenance and durability.

Vinyl Siding

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. Technology and research in 2014 has produced the most color options at the lowest cost than ever before 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.

Vinyl siding, what to look for:


Fiber Cement Siding


Fiber Cement Siding: Designed to look like wood with manufactured texture and graining, James Hardie 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. This high quality product is heat cured,  (baked and fired), to remove moisture and provide an ideal surface for prefinishing to James Hardie 15 Year finish Warranty. James Hardie provides their Thirty (30) Year limited, non prorated and fully transferable Warranty for durability and beauty.  James Hardie fiber cement may also be custom prefinished with  Fifteen year finish specifications to any taste or color palette.

The quality is evident when you see james Hardie fiber cement siding. The panel is dense, the structure is weighty, the feel is 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!

Fiber cement siding, what to look for:

Other things to consider: