The Buyers Guide for Wisconsin Siding

milwaukee siding contractor serviceWhen it comes to choosing exterior siding in Wisconsin, one thing is sure: Homeowners need to know which type of siding is right for Wisconsin’s erratic weather. Whether it’s protecting their homes from torrential spring rain or from sub-zero winter cold, Wisconsin homeowners want siding that will stand up to the abuse.

If you’re looking for the right siding for your Wisconsin home, here are some things you’ll want to know about each kind of exterior siding before you buy:

Vinyl Siding

When it comes to the most popular choices for exterior siding in Wisconsin, few can compete with the popularity of vinyl siding. Vinyl siding has so many benefits that it’s sometimes hard to imagine why anyone would choose anything other than vinyl, but informed homeowners have their reasons.

Pros:

  • Vinyl siding is quick and easy to install, and it requires very little maintenance.
  • Because color is distributed throughout it, vinyl siding never needs to be repainted, and the appearance of scratches is reduced.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • Insulated varieties exist (although they are a bit more expensive).
  • Installation costs for vinyl siding are relatively low.
  • Vinyl siding is not considered a “green” option because the vinyl is composed of PVC, which lasts for tens of years in landfills and is rarely recycled properly.
  • The standard panels for vinyl siding are 12 feet long, which means that each panel used must be overlapped, creating noticeable seams.
  • Although extra-long panels are available (to reduce the appearance of seams), they are typically about 30% more expensive than standard-size panels.

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Wood Siding

For those homeowners who want rustic siding in Wisconsin, wood siding is the clear choice.  Wood has a character and quality unto itself, and that unique charm holds true when it comes to wood siding. And, wood panels offer design and color flexibility that few other siding choices can match.

Pros:

  • With the right care and maintenance, wood siding can last for decades.
  • Wood siding panels are easily cut, shaped, and installed.
  • Of all the siding choices, wood siding may be the most environmentally friendly.
  • Wood siding offers considerable curb appeal, especially for those with exclusive tastes.
  • Wood panel siding needs regular maintenance, including re-application of clear finishes and stains every few years. This maintenance can easily cost homeowners $2,500 – $5,000 each time.
  • Higher quality wood panels can be very expensive.
  • Unlike vinyl siding, which can be applied over existing material, wood siding requires the removal of any existing siding material prior to installation.

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Aluminum Siding

Another popular siding choice is aluminum, probably due to its low cost, its low maintenance needs, and its considerably large selection of colors.

Pros:

  • Aluminum siding is considerably affordable when compared to other siding types.
  • It does not crack in cold climates like some types of siding.
  • Aluminum siding is resistant to rotting, insect infestation, and fire.
  • It doesn’t swell or shrink due to temperature fluctuations, like wood siding can.
  • Aluminum is not a good insulator, so it is not very energy efficient.
  • It is not impact resistant.
  • It has visible seams that can be penetrated by moisture.
  • Aluminum siding is prone to fading and surface scratches.

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Stucco Siding

When it comes to choosing siding, few choices can beat the resilience and no-nonsense maintenance needs of stucco siding. Although it may be more common out West than it is in Milwaukee, stucco siding offers a handful of benefits that few types of siding can match.

Pros:

  • Nothing else looks like stucco. It has an authentic, unique look that immediately adds distinction to a home.
  • Stucco siding is extremely low maintenance, as it doesn’t need repainting if colors are added to the mixture before installation.
  • Stucco siding is resistant to both insect infestation and fire.
  • Installing stucco siding takes a considerable level of preparation time and specialized knowledge, so it is not the quickest siding choice.

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Fiber Cement Siding

Although not a popular siding choice with Milwaukee homeowners, this may have more to do with it being relatively new and less to do with it not having many benefits (which it does!).

Pros:

  • Fiber cement siding is extremely resistant to damage. In fact, it is resistant to termite infestation, rot, fire, and expansion/contraction due to temperature changes.
  • It is very durable.
  • It comes in a variety of finishes.
  • Fiber cement siding is easily painted.
  • Fiber cement siding is very heavy, requiring specialized tools and techniques (which, in turn, make installation more expensive).
  • Unlike vinyl siding, fiber cement siding cannot be applied over pre-existing exterior siding.
  • Because it is relatively new, experts do not yet have a good idea of how long fiber cement siding lasts before it needs to be replaced.

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Synthetic Stone Siding

For the most rustic-looking siding Wisconsin homeowners are likely to see, choose synthetic stone siding. This beautiful siding is manufactured to look like stone (such as limestone or granite), and it is made from sand, cement and stone aggregate.

Pros:

  • Synthetic stone siding is relatively “green,” since there are no toxins exuded due to its material composition and the fact that it is not mined (like real stone).
  • It is fire and insect resistant.
  • It is considerably less expensive than real stone.
  • Synthetic stone siding is lightweight, so its installation doesn’t require special tools or foundation support.
  • Although synthetic stone siding is less expensive than real stone siding, it is still one of the most expensive siding types homeowners can choose.

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Engineered Wood Siding

Durable, versatile and relatively environmentally friendly, engineered wood siding is a less expensive alternative to fiber cement siding.

Pros:

  • Engineered wood siding is easy to install.
  • It is resistant to insect infestation.
  • It produces minimal waste.
  • If not shipped with a factory-applied finished, it comes from the factory ready to paint, prime or stain.
  • Engineered wood siding often comes with a 5-year warranty.
  • Because it is still relatively new, experts do not yet know how long it lasts.

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