Siding is a great way to add color and add character to your home. We hope you’ll contact The Badger Company to schedule your free consultation or just to ask a few questions about our many siding options.
Home Siding Options
Since its introduction in the 1960s, vinyl has become the No. 1 siding in the United States because of cost, versatility, and low maintenance. Hundreds of color choices are available in profiles that include horizontal and vertical panels, shakes, shingles, fish scales, lap, and beaded designs. The only routine maintenance is an occasional wash.
Wood Siding: Clapboard or Lap Siding
Clapboard or lap siding is one of the oldest forms of exterior cladding used on homes. It can be made from many different species of wood.
Lap wood siding is installed horizontally with the upper piece overlapping the lower. All wood siding requires ongoing maintenance including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding is made with wood castoffs, such as sawdust, and bonding agents. It is a strong, lightweight product that is less expensive than real wood. Engineered wood comes in an array of typical wood siding styles. It does need to be painted for weatherproofing purposes, but factory-applied finishes are available. The standard life expectancy, if installed properly and maintained, is about 20-30 years.
Wood Shakes and Shingles
Shakes are thicker than shingles and less uniform in appearance and thickness, but they do last longer. Wood shingles are sawn for a smooth and consistent look and can be cut into an array of shapes to create visual interest. Both come from a variety of woods but most common are Western red cedar and redwood.
Shake and shingle siding require periodic maintenance including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.
The durability, light maintenance, and appearance of brick siding make it popular with homeowners. Made of fired clay, brick comes in many different colors, textures, and sizes. Due to the cost of installation and materials, brick is at the high end of the siding costs scale. However, under normal conditions, brick siding will last the life of the building, with nothing more than the occasional washing.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding comes in an array of textures that give the appearance of actual types of wood. It is more durable than wood since it is termite-resistant, water-resistant, nonflammable, and guaranteed to last up to 50 years (depending on the manufacturer).
Fiber cement siding is typically more expensive than vinyl but less than wood siding and can be painted any color.
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