What Type of Siding is Right for my Home?

You choose a particular type of siding for your home based not only on aesthetic preference but also based on cost and functional requirements. While each type of siding available on the market has its own advantages and disadvantages, modern home siding materials are by and large well-engineered, durable, and cost-effective. With material quality at an all-time high, the one variable is installation expertise. It’s critical that your home’s cladding and underlayment are installed with skill and precision. In Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Ozaukee County, JBS Construction is your best choice for Milwaukee siding and exterior remodeling.

For many homeowners, having siding is a great way to keep their homes looking good without having to invest in repainting, caulking, and sealing. And a practically maintenance-free home exterior isn’t the only reason to invest in siding for your home. Siding can provide additional insulation, lower utility bills and increase resale value, and the work can be completed in just a few days. If you’re looking for a fast, affordable way to transform and improve your home’s exterior, siding should be on your short list.

We install three of the most popular types of siding: vinyl, fiber cement and engineered wood. We have found these types of siding to be popular with homeowners for a number of reasons, including good durability and lifespan, reduced upkeep over real wood siding, and having a nice selection of color and trim choices available.

Vinyl siding is made from flexible plastic, and it is popular with homeowners because it is durable, requires much less upkeep than wood, comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, and can last a long time. In fact, some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties for their vinyl siding. And, in many cases, these warranties are transferable if a house is sold.

Fiber cement siding is made from sand, cement and cellulose. It is popular with some homeowners because it offers even more durability than vinyl, and it needs even less upkeep. Like vinyl, it comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, and it has an even longer lifespan than vinyl, due to its damage-resistant nature.

Engineered wood siding is made from wood fragments that are bound together with a resin binder, creating siding that looks like wood but doesn’t have any of the material flaws found in real wood. It is popular with price-conscious homeowners because it offers the classic beauty of real wood siding at lower, more affordable prices. Like other modern types of siding, it is also durable (often lasting up to 30 years or more) and practically maintenance free.

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Wisconsin Siding Repair

To protect your siding, it’s a good idea to have it regularly inspected and maintained by Wisconsin siding repair experts who can identify and repair problem areas before they can lead to extensive, pricey damage. Because siding does such a good job of wrapping the exterior of a home, it’s sometimes easy to forget that damage that seems minimal on the outside can still potentially lead to structural or serious damage in the interior. This is precisely why it is important to have your siding regularly inspected: to catch small problem areas before they turn serious.

Signals that you may need siding repair services include:

  • Loose or missing panels or shingles
  • Deteriorating or rotting siding
  • Cracked vinyl siding
  • Insect or mold damage
  • Split or cracked siding panels
  • Peeling paint
  • Improperly sealed nail holes and joints
  • Damage around exposed chimneys or chases

If you notice any of these common signals, it is in your best interests to contact siding professionals who have real experience evaluating siding for damage, faulty workmanship and degradation. After a thorough inspection, they can advise you on your options and the many pros and cons associated with various types of siding. Not all types of siding are right for all types of homes (or homeowners), so having a knowledgeable professional who can help walk you through the many options available can help you find what’s right for you.

A note about preventative maintenance: It is important to note that every type of siding requires some level of care, and the less diligent you are about following the care guidelines for your siding, the more likely you are to need the services of a siding repair specialist.

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Wisconsin Vinyl Siding

Considering investing in vinyl siding for your home? Let our Wisconsin vinyl siding experts help. Vinyl exterior siding is an excellent siding solution for many homeowners because it offers so many choices and an impressive value for the price. There’s a reason vinyl siding is so popular with homeowners, and part of that reason is because homeowners are smart about how they spend their money!

Here are just a few reasons to choose vinyl siding in Wisconsin:

  • Vinyl siding is incredibly low maintenance, only requiring the occasional wash and no painting whatsoever.
  • It comes in a wide selection of color, style, design and texture choices.
  • It is quite durable, with a resistance to damage from dents, rot, rust, insects, and elemental damage (like hail).
  • Siding variations give homeowners even more choices, with the ability to choose vinyl shake and shingle sidings; board and batten siding; solid core siding (for added energy efficiency); wood-grain panels; vertical siding; dutch lap; seamless siding; and more.

A note on maintenance: Although vinyl siding is an extremely low maintenance siding solution, it does require some care. This includes occasional washing with a mild soap. Not only will this keep vinyl siding looking clean and appealing, it will also protect it from damage due to debris, mildew, mold and algae.

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Wisconsin Cedar Siding

Considering authentic cedar siding for your home? Let our Wisconsin cedar siding experts help. We know how much Wisconsin homeowners appreciate the rustic charm and natural good looks of genuine cedar, and choosing this siding solution for your home’s exterior is a smart way to increase both the beauty and value of your home.

Made from natural cedar, cedar shingles and shakes offer homeowners the beautiful, natural look of wood without the upkeep and maintenance needs of traditional wood siding. To retain their rustic good looks, cedar shakes and shingles are typically stained in earthy tones like browns, reds and grays.

Reasons to choose cedar siding in Wisconsin include:

  • Cedar siding can last an incredibly long time if properly cared for. In fact, if properly installed and maintained, cedar siding can last up to 75 years (although warranties will often only extend up to 25 years).
  • Cedar has a natural resistance to insect infestation and rot.
  • It is considered a higher-quality siding product and can increase the resale value of a home.
  • It can be painted or stained just about any color.

A note on cost and care: Although cedar siding offers many benefits, it should be noted that cedar shingle siding is typically more expensive when compared to other traditional home exterior siding options. In addition, cedar shakes and shingles are prone to mildew, mold and woodpecker damage if not properly maintained. Finally, part of maintaining cedar siding involves having it stained every five years to maintain its resistance to elements, rot, and mold.

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Wisconsin Cement Siding

We often wonder why more homeowners don’t choose fiber cement siding in Wisconsin. Although it is a relatively new siding choice, it is an excellent exterior solution, especially for the variable weather conditions that Wisconsin homes must handle. If you’re considering investing in new siding for your home, be sure to consider fiber cement—you might be surprised at the many benefits that this exterior siding solution has to offer.

Made from sand, pressurized cellulose, and cement, fiber cement offers a surprising array of design and style choices since it can be manufactured to replicate so many different types of materials. And, that’s not all. Other reasons to choose fiber cement siding include:

  • Fiber cement siding is incredibly durable. In fact, it can last more than 50 years.
  • It does not swell, decay, rot, or combust, and it is resistant to damage from termites, water, fire and temperature-related expansion/contraction.
  • Fiber cement siding can be painted, and it can be designed to replicate the look of wood, stucco or stone.
  • It is an affordable alternative to natural wood siding. (Although it is typically more expensive than vinyl siding.)
  • It is safe for the environment.
  • It comes in a variety of finishes and can be painted any color.

A note on maintenance and installation: Although fiber cement siding offers many benefits, there are a few considerations of which homeowners should be aware. For instance, the joints in fiber cement siding need to be sealed to prevent wear and cracking, and it does require regular spray cleaning to remove debris. Finally, if it is painted, it needs to be repainted every 15-20 years or so.

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We offer FREE ESTIMATES for all of our Wisconsin cement siding installation services. For more information or an estimate, call us today at 262-677-2500 or fill out our contact form.

Wisconsin Wood Siding

Considering wood siding for your home? Let our Wisconsin wood siding experts help. We know how much Wisconsin homeowners appreciate the rustic charm of real wood, and choosing a wooden cladding solution for your home’s exterior is a smart way to increase the beauty and value of your home for a relatively minimal investment.

Here are just a few reasons wood siding is so popular:

  • Because wood can be cut to just about any size and specification, wood siding comes in a virtually unlimited number of sizes and styles.
  • Wood can be painted any color or color combination.
  • There are several gorgeous wood species to choose from, including White, Red and Jack Pine; Cypress; Redwood; and Douglas Fir.
  • Multiple siding patterns are available, including cove lap siding (which is similar in looks to traditional siding but has a distinctive decorative groove), bevel siding (which may be the most popular siding style due to its beautiful appearance and high-level of functionality), and channel rustic lap siding (which looks like traditional wood siding but does not have any of the splits and cracks that can be found in wood siding).
  • When properly cared for, wood siding can outlast vinyl siding.

A note on durability and maintenance: Wisconsin homeowners considering exterior wood siding should be aware that it requires considerably more maintenance than many other types of siding, including vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, stucco, and aluminum. Not only must it be treated and painted every 5-10 years, if it is not properly cared for, it can become damaged by rot, insects, swelling, decal, mold, mildew, and even fire.

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Wisconsin Sliding Windows

If you’re considering investing in new sliding windows, JBS Home Exteriors can help. Our Wisconsin sliding windows services cover everything you need to make the right choice in windows for your home: from selecting the materials to getting the right size, our professional window installers can help.

Many Wisconsin homeowners choose sliding windows for their beauty and style. Often called “sliders,” sliding window replacements can have one or two sliding panels (called “single sliding windows” and “double sliding windows”) which slide horizontally. Because sliding windows do not use any interior or exterior space to open (since they simply slide back and forth to open and close), they’re a smart, stylish way to get windows into a room that doesn’t have much space.

Here are a few more reasons sliding windows are so popular:

  • They use interlocking rails that promote security and energy efficiency.
  • Closed and locked sashes cannot be removed from outside (further increasing the security of these windows).
  • The window sashes lift out, making them easy to clean.
  • They come in a wide variety of materials, sizes, shapes, designs, textures, finishes and colors.
  • Each one is custom fit.
  • Optional glass treatments can be used to promote privacy, sound reduction, UV protection, and energy efficiency.
  • When coupled with vinyl frames, sliding windows are practically maintenance-free since they do not peel, rot, or ever need painting.

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10 Ways to Keep Mold Off Siding in Wisconsin

Worried about keeping mold off of your precious siding in Wisconsin? Don’t worry—with these tips your siding should be mold-free for years to come.

  1. Let the Sun Shine In
    If you want to deter mold growth on siding in Wisconsin, you will need to keep your home bathed in as much direct sunlight as you can find. Because mold grows in damp, dark places, keeping your home’s exterior bright can help deter mold from taking root. A great way to keep the sun shining on your home is to keep your trees and shrubs properly trimmed and tidy. Not only will this allow more direct sunlight to hit your home’s exterior, it will promote air circulation.
  2. Kill the Moss Monster
    Moss may look warm and inviting, but it also promotes the damp, dark environment that mold loves to grow in. To help keep mold in check, get rid of moss anywhere in or around your home or on your siding that you may find it.
  3. Schedule Cleanings Regularly
    If discipline is the key to keeping your siding mold-free, regular, scheduled cleanings are the tool that keep homeowners on task. All you’ll need are a garden hose and a soft-bristle brush, and cleanings need only be completed every three months or so.
  4. Get Rid of Climbing Vines
    Although vines may look lovely on siding, they (just like moss) promote a damp, dark environment in which mold thrives. As much as you’ll miss it, you’re better off protecting your siding from mold by cutting back vines and ivy.
  5. Keep Your Rain Gutters Serviced
    Water that spills over from a clogged gutter system can promote mold growth on siding (and it’s not good for your foundation either!). To help keep your home’s exterior dry, maintain your rain gutters with an annual cleaning schedule.
  6. Be Smart With Your Sprinklers
    Unless you’re cleaning them, there’s little reason to water your home’s exterior siding. So, when you use your sprinkler, take a look and make sure that you’re not hitting your home. Not only will this save you money on water costs, it will help reduce the amount of mold-growing moisture on your siding.
  7. Consider Using Mold-resistant Cleaners
    If you really want to protect your siding from mold, consider investing in a mold-resistant cleaning solution. Another side benefit is that these sorts of cleaner often reduce how often you need to clean to prevent mold.
  8. Don’t Wait
    If you see mold on your home’s siding, act fast. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get your mold problem under control. A good first step if you see mold on your exterior siding is to use a solution of bleach and water. If you get it soon enough, you can often stop mold before it grows into a big problem.
  9. Get Your Ducts in Order
    A common place for siding to get moldy is around exterior ventilation ducts. The steam that pours out of these ducts can create just the right environment for mold growth. Be sure to check around venting areas frequently.
  10. Insulate Properly
    Keeping your home properly insulated can make a big difference in reducing the risk of mold on the exterior or your home. Just like mold will grow around warm, cozy vents, it will grow on warm, cozy siding that is leaking its home’s inner warmth.

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What to Expect from New Replacement Vinyl Siding

milwaukee sidingWhat to Look for in New Replacement Vinyl Siding

Depending on the size of your home, getting replacement vinyl siding can be a sizable investment. While it invariably pays for itself in increased home value and a dramatic improvement in curb appeal, when you’re shopping for new siding, it’s always important to carefully consider your options.

Here’s what to look for in replacement vinyl siding:

Thickness

How thick the siding is directly impacts how resistant it will be to damage (whether it’s from the elements or man-made disasters). Whatever siding you choose should be at least .040 inches thick (with somewhere in the range of .042 to .046 inches thick being ideal). The industry standard for minimum thickness is .035 inches, so, if you’re considering siding that thin, remember that that is as thin as it gets, so it probably won’t last nearly as long as thicker siding will.

Materials

Siding manufacturers use different materials depending on what “grade” of the siding they’re making. For instance, high-quality siding typically contains titanium dioxide because it protects the vinyl from UV/sun-induced fading. Titanium dioxide in siding also helps siding retain its original color (which, since the entire panel contains the color, cannot flake off).

Energy Efficiency

If you’re hoping to make your home more energy efficient by having your siding replaced, you will want to make sure that you choose a type of siding that has insulation behind it. Siding that includes insulation has foam insulation packed behind the boards, improve energy efficiency, impact resistance, and noise insulation.

A Good Warranty

Depending on the type of siding you get, your siding warranty could last 20 years, 30 years, 50 years or more. Some manufacturers even offer lifetime warranties that are transferrable to the next homeowner. Warranties can include labor, installation and work materials, so you’ll want to try and find a warranty that covers all three. And, any warranty that only offers a short period of protection or doesn’t include coverage for faulty installation should be reconsidered.

A Qualified Siding Contractor

The last thing you want to do is trust an amateur with protecting the entire exterior of your home. Before you choose price over quality, make sure that you find a siding contractor who can offer you both — the quality you deserve at a price that you can manage. Also, be sure that the siding company you work with uses a watertight housewrap to protect your home, has experience installing flashing, and uses expansion gaps. Professional siders use all of these to help protect your home from water and moisture damage.

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The Benefits of Replacement Windows

windowInvesting in replacement windows isn’t just about improving the look of your home exterior. In fact, new windows provide many more benefits than just that.

Energy Efficiency

According to the EPA (The United States Environmental Protection Agency), the average home can save anywhere from $126 – $465 per year by replacing their inefficient single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-certified windows. Typically these savings are gained by installing double-pane windows with low-e glass.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term low-e, this should help: Low-e stands for low-emissivity, and low-e windows are windows where the panes have been coated with a thin coating of material that makes them more energy efficient. Windows with low-e coating reflect more heat away from the surface of the glass, making them more efficient at keeping heat inside in the winter and cool air inside in the summer.

Cost-effectiveness and Safety

When it comes to energy efficient windows, multi-pane windows with low-e coating are the cream of the crop. In fact, they are the most cost-effective way to increase the efficiency of your windows. And that’s not all, they can also help reduce the amount of dangerous UV radiation that enters your home, protecting people and your furnishings.

Property Values

Studies have shown that the two most important factors that shoppers consider when they’re looking at homes are energy efficiency and exterior maintenance. New homeowners simply don’t want to buy a home that needs a lot of exterior maintenance, which old windows do. Replacement windows are low-maintenance and energy efficient, which gives them added curb appeal and value with most shoppers, even more than things like location and proximity to schools and parks.

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If you’re considering investing in replacement windows for your home, visit our website for more information about our replacement windows or call us today for your FREE ESTIMATE. We can help you explore your options.

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