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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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:


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.


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.

Free Estimates for Replacement Siding

If it’s time for new siding for your home, visit our website for more information about our replacement siding or call us today for your FREE ESTIMATE. We’re eager to show you why so many homeowners choose vinyl!

Include Replacement Siding in Your Spring Cleanup Plans

jbs-home-sidingWith spring rains comes the potential of leaks and damage. If your home’s exterior has seen better days, now may be the time to consider including replacement siding in your spring cleanup plans.

Siding’s importance in protecting your home from weather and the elements can’t be overstated. It’s like an envelope (literally), that wraps around your home and protects it. Plus, it provides extra insulation and a fast, economical way to dramatically improve your home’s exterior appearance. In fact, depending on the size of your house and your home’s architecture, it’s possible to have replacement siding put on your entire house in just a day. One day!

One of the many reasons that siding is so popular with homeowners is that it comes in so many different choices. In fact, homeowners considering new siding can choose:

  • Engineered wood (in planks or shingles). Wood siding may look great when it’s new but it requires regular maintenance (like painting) and is susceptible to insect damage and rot.
  • Stone (genuine or engineered). Provides great protection but often costs more than most homeowners are prepared to spend.
  • Brick. Like stone, a popular but expensive choice.
  • Metal (aluminum). Metal siding unfortunately rarely provides adequate insulation and can often show signs of being dented or scratched.
  • Vinyl. The most popular replacement siding choice with homeowners, vinyl siding is usually seen as offering the best value.
  • Fiber cement. This siding is ultra durable, and resists damage even more than vinyl.

There are many reasons homeowners choose vinyl siding. Not only is it virtually maintenance-free (no more worries about peeling paint or wood rot!), it doesn’t warp the way some other types of siding can. In fact, the only maintenance that vinyl siding needs is an occasional wipe down or gentle power washing with a hose.

If your siding is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider having a professional siding contractor come out to inspect it. Advancements in manufacturing and technology have meant significant improvements in siding, with today’s siding being more impact resistant and providing even better insulation than older types. Some types of siding even offer better sound insulation too.

Free Estimates for Replacement Siding

If you’re considering investing in new replacement siding, visit our website for more information about the types of siding we carry or call us today for your FREE ESTIMATE. We can help you explore your options, including the different styles and warranties that each option offers.