Milwaukee Home Siding FAQ’s

jbs-home-siding-milwaukeeThese Milwaukee home siding FAQs should help answer questions you may have about vinyl, insulated, fiber cement and cedar siding. Questions cover cost, durability, weather resistance and more.

Vinyl Siding FAQs

What is vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is an exterior home cover that is a modern alternative to aluminum siding. It is the most popular type of siding in the U.S. and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. In fact, vinyl siding can be made to mimic architectural details that were originally made of other materials.

Vinyl siding consists of two layers: a top layer (also called “capstock”) and the substrate. Both layers are primarily made of polyvinyl chloride and resin. Depending on the quality of the siding, the capstock layer may include titanium dioxide, which helps protect the siding from discoloration and UV light damage. The second layer incorporates limestone, which decreases costs and helps in manufacturing.

What maintenance does vinyl siding need?

One of the reasons vinyl siding is so popular is that it requires very little maintenance. Unlike wood siding, it never needs to be painted. Plus, if a panel gets damaged, it’s easy to have it replaced. To keep it looking fresh and clean, siding can be hosed down or gently power washed, which is typically done at least once a year.

How durable is vinyl siding? Is it weather resistant?

Another reason that siding made of vinyl is so popular is that it is very durable. Warranties for high-quality vinyl siding can last anywhere from 20 years to a lifetime. In fact, some manufacturers are so confident in their siding that they issue warranties that can be transferred to a new homeowner if the home is sold. Vinyl siding is resistant to many types of weather damage, including that caused by heat, cold and moisture.

How much does vinyl siding cost?

How much it will cost to get vinyl siding depends on a number of factors, including the quality of siding you get and the size of your home. Typically, siding is one of the most affordable (and popular) options on the market, and homeowners who choose to have their homes sided with vinyl siding recoup nearly 80% of the cost. Basically, when you get new vinyl siding, it practically pays for itself.

Insulated Siding FAQs

What is insulated siding?

Insulated siding is siding (typically vinyl) that has rigid foam insulation attached to the back. Just like non-insulated siding, it is installed around the exterior of a building to protect it from damage and energy loss.

How does insulated siding make a home more energy efficient? Is insulated siding green?

Typically, anything that increases energy efficiency is considered “green,” and insulated siding does just that. Considered a “green building” material, insulated siding offers a host of environmental benefits, including reducing energy consumption (which reduces air pollution) and reducing noise pollution. Plus, because insulated siding can last so long (even over 50 years in some instances), it reduces waste. Finally, some products even include non-toxic termite and insect repellents, offering a green alternative to traditional chemical pesticides.

How much does insulated siding cost?

Like standard vinyl siding, the cost of insulated siding depends on the quality of the siding in question and the size of your home. In general the higher the grade of siding, the more color and style options available. On average, insulated siding costs about 20% – 30% more per square foot than standard vinyl siding.

What is more durable: insulated siding or vinyl siding?

In many ways, vinyl siding and insulated siding offer comparable benefits. One way that insulated siding is more durable than vinyl siding, however, is that the rigid foam insulation that is attached to insulated siding can help it withstand harsher weather conditions that may cause traditional vinyl siding to buckle or bend.

Fiber Cement Siding FAQs

What is fiber cement siding? How is it made?

Fiber cement siding is made from a durable mixture of cement, sand and cellulose (wood fiber). Sometimes these materials may be recycled, and it is popular because it is extremely durable and can be made to look like other less durable materials, like wood (including clapboard and shingles), stucco and masonry.

How long does fiber cement siding last?

Due to its damage-resistant nature, fiber cement siding can last 50 years or more. Although it does require occasional maintenance (such as painting every 4-5 years), it is water resistant, rot resistant, impact resistant, termite resistant and non-combustible. This high durability makes it an excellent choice for harsh climates.

How environmentally friendly is fiber cement siding?

Due to its overall durability and low maintenance needs, fiber cement siding is considered an environmentally friendly alternative to both vinyl and aluminum siding. Not only is little waste created from its manufacture, some manufacturers now even incorporate recycled materials to make it an even greener siding choice.

Cedar Siding FAQs

What is cedar siding?

Cedar siding is siding made from cedar (typically Western Red Cedar). It is popular because it has a beautiful, rustic look and because it has good dimensional stability (allowing it to be nailed and stained without warping the wood).

Is cedar siding expensive?

Since cedar siding requires some maintenance (to keep it from rotting and decaying like real wood does), it is considered a mid-to-high-range siding option in terms of cost. If you are considering getting cedar siding, it is important that you factor in these maintenance costs when determining your total siding budget.

How long does cedar siding last?

Although cedar siding does not last as long as manufactured siding like fiber cement, it can last a long time if properly maintained. In fact, some manufacturers offer cedar siding warranties of 25 years and more. Some things that homeowners can do to prolong the life of their cedar shingles and siding is to apply a finish coat and to ensure that shingles do not touch the ground (as this can encourage rot and damage).

How much maintenance does cedar siding need?

Of all types of siding, cedar siding may need the most maintenance. In addition to regular washing (to remove cobwebs, dust and dirt particles), it also requires periodic staining and inspection. If your cedar shingles show signs of wear, damage or decay, it is important to re-stain and/or make minor repairs to prevent moisture damage.

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