Wood Siding can be difficult for homeowners to pick out, because there are so many different types to choose from! Just like when you are picking Window Replacements, there can be different varieties, styles, colors, and of course you have to fit everything into a budget. Siding is really no different than anything else that you would add to your home. You want to get a few estimates to not only ‘interview’ the right companies, but you want to compare prices to see if companies are offering the same exact product for different prices. When it comes to finding a great siding company, remember to always think about not only the product that you are putting on your home or property, but if you like the person who is going to do it for you.
We have a bit of experience in this endeavor, so today, we’re going to let you know a little more about the different types of wood siding. When you have a siding contractor visit you, ask them what they know about all these different types. Even if they don’t carry all of them, or can’t get them installed for you, they should know what they are, and be able to talk about why or why not each one is a benefit or drawback.
- T111 Siding, otherwise known as Plywood Siding
- Different types of hardboard siding. Some examples of manufacturers would be HardiePlank, Boise Cascade, etc.
- Clapboard Siding. This can give a home a more rustic look.
- Batten Siding.
- Different types of wood are also popular in siding, such as cedar, redwood, pine, spruce, and other types of wood that are custom made into siding. This can be very expensive, just fyi.
To add new siding to your home, depending on the size of the job, you can easily be looking at over $10,000, and then some if you are going to upgrade your siding to a more expensive wood. The cost effective alternative is to look at vinyl siding which can be much cheaper than any type of wood siding out there. Vinyl siding can typically cost anywhere from 50% to 60% of the cost of wood siding, and colors can be fitted to just about any homes paint color.
Be careful who you hire to do your siding, as the installation process is absolutely the most important, and most technical part of the process. Contractors who say they ‘do siding’, sometimes are handymen who maybe have installed siding on only a handful of homes throughout their lifetime. It’s always necessary to go back and ask questions about what each contractor does during the installation process so you are sure you are hiring the right person.
Remember that wood vs. vinyl is always a big question you will have to ask yourself. One rule of thumb is to try to match the other homes in your neighborhood. If they all have wood siding, go with wood. If they have vinyl, then maybe that will be the best decision for you. You don’t want to be the only home on the block with the different type of siding.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us about your siding preferences!