Which Type of Siding is Best for Your Home?
Deciding which type of home siding is right for you is like shopping for a new car. There are many options to choose from. You select the make and model you prefer based on your driving needs, i.e. performance, mileage, etc. The same is true when considering your siding options! You will need to consider the style of your home and those in your neighborhood. What color will enhance the beauty of your home? Given the local climate, how long will the siding last? Is it difficult to maintain? And, of course, what options are in your budget? Below are two links you MUST check out to help you learn more about the products available. When you are ready for an estimate please give us a call or click here to request a free onsite evaluation. Together we will explore the options you are considering.
Coddington Construction Inc. is one of the few companies in the Seattle- Tacoma area that has experience in installing cedar siding. Remember if you select the best material but have it installed incorrectly you are throwing your money away. Proper installation and proper finish application is crucial to long-term performance. If you are thinking about installing cedar siding on your home, request Coddington Construction to perform a free on-site evaluation of your home’s exterior. We will follow-up with a comprehensive estimate.
Red Cedar is available in several basic styles and more durable than white cedar. They are horizontal clapboard style (known as beveled siding), shingles, and shakes. Ask about the different grades available, which are generally determined by grain pattern.
http://www.realcedar.com/siding/profiles/ (A good link to several different kinds of cedar siding)
TIP: As a rule, the narrower and thicker the grain pattern, the better the performance. Red Cedar is generally sold in clear unfinished form. Many homeowners like the natural look of weathered cedar. We do not advise this option because the product will not perform over the long term if left untreated.
TIP: Clear unfinished cedar house siding will not weather evenly due to each side of your house being exposed to the weather differently.
Clear Coat Solution Available For Unfinished Cedar
If you really prefer the natural look of unfinished cedar there is a clear coat solution available that will prolong the life of the wood and enable it to weather more slowing and evenly, allowing you to maximize the performance and beauty of the product. This clear coat is applied after the siding has been installed and is an excellent option if a long-term natural look is your goal.
Ask for details when you speak to a Coddington siding consultant.
Cedar siding is also available pre-primed at the factory, which means it has been coated on all sides using a primer. This adds a benefit of sealing all sides (front, back, and edges) of the product so it is less likely to absorb moisture, expand and contract and move around like it will do in its natural state, therefore prolonging the life of the wood. Factory pre-primed product will require field applied finish coats.
Cedar siding can also be factory pre-finished where the wood is pre-stained on all sides before it is installed. This means you won’t have to paint or stain it after it has been installed and you get a factory warranty on the finish ranging from 5 to15 years.
Most painters rarely give more than a one or two year warranty on their work. So for more maximum performance consider a pre-primed or pre-finished option.
TIP: It is a fact that a house releases moisture everyday similar to sweating. If the backside of your cedar siding has not been treated, the moisture will find its way through the siding and try to push out through the painted or stained surface causing bubbles and cracks. If you prefer the beauty of wood siding and want to avoid painting any more than necessary, be sure to purchase a siding product that has been back-sealed with a primer or finish coat.
Cedar Siding is available in smooth, rough or saw-textured surfaces. When used with clear or semi-transparent finishes, a smooth surface will show the grain patterns and color variations in the wood more than other textures. These surfaces also absorb less finish and typically require more maintenance than other textures. In contrast, rough and saw-textured surfaces can absorb about twice as much finish as smooth textured surfaces and, when protected by stain or water repellent finishes, need to be recoated much less frequently.
Wood siding and wood finishes go hand in hand in providing consumers with virtually unlimited choices for appearance. By properly selecting the grade, seasoning, pattern and texture of the siding and by protecting it from moisture, sun and mold with a quality finish, wood siding can last for many decades.
Accessories and Trim Work
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference such as decorative trim including crown moldings, window casings, corner posts, fascia, soffits, freeze boards, accent trim, etc. Coddington Construction specializes in this trim work that can really accent the look and feel of your new siding.
Ask your consultant about the many trim options.
What else should I know when considering buying Cedar siding?
• Cedar siding should last for many, many years, but it must be properly maintained.
• Proper maintenance includes power washing, staining and sealing whenever the heat of the sun fades the finish, or moisture starts to turn to mold or mildew.
always allow wood to dry well before applying a new stain or finish.
• Cedar is known for its grain and its rot resistance. Cedar takes a stain well and reveals a rich character. It is commonly used in shakes and shingles because it
is dimensionally stable, resists swelling, and has less cupping and splitting. Cedar clapboards are popular, too, but clear grade A cedar siding can be very
costly. Still, for its grain and texture, cedar is preferred for stain applications.
• Some say that cedar is inherently more moisture and insect-resistant than pine, but no wood is insect or moisture-proof. All woods must be sealed and
stained or painted to resist moisture, damage, and decay.
• If not properly cared for, wood siding can quickly deteriorate. Common troubles include bowed or expanded panels, shrinkage, disintegration, fading and the
local critters. It is important that you minimize exposure to moisture, i.e. avoid ‘watering’ your house by distancing sprinklers.
• Painting will be required every 5 to 7 years and staining every 3 to 5. Regular inspections of joints, nails and planks will help you maintain your
wood siding for the years to come.
James Hardie siding
We have worked with James Hardie siding since 1995. We are a James Hardie® preferred remodeler We have ongoing training each year. We are committed to knowing how and where to install their products correctly. Good products installed by trained craftsmen will give you years of satisfaction.
HardiePlank (question: do you have to use the “circle R” mark whenever use us this brand name? Sometimes you have used it and sometimes you have not) siding is the most used, most tested, most proven and most trusted fiber cement product on the market today. James Hardie siding offers substantial advantages over conventional siding material with the unsurpassed ability to stand up to the elements. HardiePlank comes in a variety of styles and textures that will be a perfect fit for your home by matching the unique quality of natural wood. For its strength, beauty and durability, HardiePlank is simply the best siding for enhancing and protecting your home.
The warmth of wood, the durability of fiber cement
• 30-year transferable product warranty
• Resists damage caused by extended exposure to moisture, humidity and snow
• Low maintenance
• Impact resistant – warrantied against hail damage, ideal for homes located near golf courses and areas prone to hail
• Resists cracking, rotting, warping, buckling, swelling, and delamination
• Withstands termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and woodpeckers
• Wind resistant – withstands winds up to 130MPH
Siding vs Painting
If you are reading this, you are probably deciding between painting or siding your home. Many homeowners struggle with this very question. In addition, this dilemma cannot be resolved with a quick answer. There are several different factors to consider regarding this situation:
• Type of siding currently on your home
• Age of that siding
• The condition of your siding
• How long you plan on living in your home
• Cost-benefit analysis of siding vs. painting your home
Let’s discuss each in turn:
1. TYPE: The type of siding you have is of the utmost importance. Vinyl: We do not recommend painting vinyl because of its extreme level of contraction/
expansion and its flexibility. Bumping up against it will bend the vinyl, which may cause the paint to crack. Vinyl also has a tendency to warp over time, which
will affect paint adhesion. Aluminum/Steel: These surfaces are easily paintable. We recommend painting if you do not like the color, the color has faded, the
surface has chalked or there are sections on the house that have been replaced and do not match the color of the rest of the house. Stucco/other masonary
surfaces: These surfaces are very paintable. We recommend painting if your stucco is stained and cannot be cleaned with a good power wash. Wood/
hardboard composites: These surfaces are also very paintable. Wood surfaces should be painted. These surfaces need to be protected from the elements in
order for them to remain healthy.
2. AGE: If your wood siding is very old and has multiple layers of paint on it, it may be better to re-side. Look at the back of a peeling paint chip. Is there a layer
of wood grain evident on the back of the chip? Does your thumbnail easily indent the wood when you apply some pressure? If so, then it is probably time to
re-side. Is your stucco crumbling? It is definitely time to re-side.
3. CONDITION: Has your stucco been painted and is peeling badly? The preparation during the first coat or two of paint was improper and either stripping all
the layers of paint or re-siding is your only recourse. Is your wood rotted? Is your hardboard warping or buckling? Then it is definitely time to re-side.
4. LENGTH OF STAY: This certainly is a key factor in your decision-making process. This is a judgment call that is completely dependent on the above three
factors. Your realtor and/or your siding professional can help lead you down the correct path.
5. COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS: Again, this is a judgment best left to you and/or your realtor. Weigh the cost of the project and compare it to the value it will add
to your house (both in appreciation value and in the pleasure it will give you while living there). Please read the Cost vs. Value report in Remodeler Magazine
Frequently Asked Questions about James Hardie Siding
Q. Is HardiePlank siding installed on top of my existing siding?
A. No, proper installation requires removal of any existing siding.
Q. Once HardiePlank siding is installed will I ever have to paint it again?
A. James Hardie backs its ColorPlus technology finish with a 15-year warranty that covers both paint and labor. James Hardie® ColorPlus® Technology finish
is protected by a 15-year limited warranty against peeling, cracking, and chipping.
Q. Is HardiePlank siding resistant to mold?
A. Yes. HardiePlank is sealed to keep out moisture. The coating has (Mildewcide) in it to protect against mold growth. If dirt is splattered against the coating
and mold grows on the dirt, the coating cleans easily with water from a garden hose.
Q. What is the advantage of HardiePlank siding compared to vinyl siding?
A. Only HardiePlank® siding provides lasting durability and protection while giving your home the look and feel of real wood. It is noncombustible and
resists rotting and warping.
Q. Is HardiePlank siding resistant to damage from insects and weather?
A. Termites and other wood-eating insects will not be able to penetrate HardiePlank. The product is also resistant to damage from hail, freezing
temperatures, rain, and humidity.