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Types of Vinyl Siding for Your Home
Replacement Siding Installation from Thompson Creek
There are few home improvement projects whose impact is as significant, and immediate, as replacing vinyl siding. Like a full face-lift for your home, new siding instantly shaves years off an older home’s appearance, and can transform its entire look and feel no matter what material it replaced. But before you can hit the “refresh” button on your home exterior, you’ll want to brush up on the many modern options to consider!
As one of the most popular home exterior materials, vinyl siding options continue to grow, offering homeowners enhanced durability and aesthetic appeal. With an array of unique shapes and sizes to choose from, vinyl siding presents itself as an attractive, low-maintenance material for homeowners tired of battling corroding aluminum, crumbling brick, or splintering wood.
Clapboard Vinyl Siding
Also known as traditional lap siding, clapboard is available in an array of panel heights and colors. Designed to closely mimic the look of classic wood siding, this horizontal style is the most popular choice among modern homeowners who want the look of wood, without all the work.
Dutch Lap Siding
Another top siding choice, Dutch lap is crafted to reflect a curvaceous, hand-carved look in a modern, low maintenance material. The unique profile is attractive from all angles, but is especially favored for its sophisticated shadowing, which gives dramatic depth for enhanced curb appeal.
Board and Batten Vinyl Siding
A vertical siding style, board & batten uses wider “planks” of siding, offering the look of classic cedar. These flat planks are given added dimension through the use of thin battens, or strips, that cover the siding seams, and provide a distinctive look. This unique style is often chosen to accentuate architectural features of the home, such as a bay window, bow window, or gable. It is also growing in popularity as a primary, “whole home” siding type, offering a look and feel that is equal parts traditional and modern.
Beaded Vinyl Siding
A beveled edge lends elegance to this horizontal, Colonial siding style. Often chosen as a primary siding style, beaded pairs beautifully with board & batten siding for a contemporary look with a spoonful of Southern charm.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
For enhanced energy conservation that also improves the stability of siding, foam insulation is a popular option in the Mid-Atlantic. In addition to providing better insulation for your home, it can also serve to diminish outside sounds, which can be especially beneficial if you live in a city, or on an otherwise busy street. Additionally, the insulation helps to reinforce the siding itself, helping it to better withstand any impact it might sustain, while providing less opportunity for longer siding pieces to bend.
Traditional Cedar Shake
All the charm of cedar shingles with none of the disadvantages, vinyl cedar shake harnesses the texture, shape, look and feel of real cedar, offering enhanced durability. Unlike genuine cedar shingles, which require regular staining and sealing, and are susceptible to moisture and insect damage, vinyl shake is low-maintenance, color-rich, and durable. This style is popularly chosen for accent areas, paired with horizontal siding, brick, or stone.
Hand-Split Shake Siding
For a more rough-hewn, rugged look, hand-split vinyl siding offers one of the most natural, wooden-inspired aesthetics available, and is a popular option for rustic homes, or as an accent siding type.
Half-Round Scalloped Siding
Perhaps the most charming and quaint of all, scalloped siding lends a cozy cottage vibe, and is a popular choice for accenting architectural features. This style pairs beautifully with both horizontal and vertical siding styles, adding dimension and a welcomed dash of whimsy.
While no type of siding is totally impervious to the elements, vinyl siding is among the most durable home exterior materials available. Crafted from a strong, non-conductive resin, it isn’t prone to the rusting and denting metal siding often suffers, nor the rotting or insect damage that wood can bring. While it is recommended that you take care not to strike your siding, it is more likely to “bounce back” should it accidentally be hit with a wayward ball, or rock kicked up by the lawnmower.
Compared to many other popular home exterior options, including stone, stucco, fiber cement board and brick, vinyl siding is among the most budget-friendly options available, with a lower upfront cost in both materials and installation, and lower ongoing maintenance costs as well.
Moisture and Insect Resistant:
While traditional wood siding is a classic, charming home exterior choice, its high susceptibility to damage from moisture and insects has more homeowners opting for a vinyl alternative every year. Unlike wood, which can absorb moisture, and metal siding, which can be corroded or rusted, water washes right off vinyl siding. An added edge that vinyl has over wood is that it’s of no interest to termites and the thousands of dollars in damage they can so quickly cause.
Replacement vinyl siding is among the lowest maintenance options on the market, and can be kept looking its best with a quick and easy, seasonal, soapy cleaning. There is no painting required, no staining to be done, no cracking or rotting to repair.
Unlike many home upgrades that can have your family feeling as though they’re living on a construction site for weeks or even months, a typical replacement siding project takes the Thompson Creek team just two or three days to complete, start to finish! Our professional team will work to minimize disruption to your family, clearing away the old materials removed at project completion so you can enjoy your new siding without lifting a finger.
From Colonial Yellow to Harbor Grey, Thompson Creek offers an impressive selection of vinyl siding colors to suit every homeowner’s unique taste and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a lighter hue, or want to dive into something richer and deeper, our team can help in choosing the perfect shade to enhance your home’s style.
Our complementary siding color palette also makes it easy to accent architectural features of your home in a different siding color and/or type. Think sage green clapboard siding accented with classic cream scalloped siding above the main entrance or garage. Or perhaps Dutch lap siding in latte-hued Autumn Harvest accented with hand-split shake siding in Russet Red is more to your liking? Whatever palette and design you have in mind, Thompson Creek will work to make it happen!
While the overall cost of your replacement siding is influenced by many factors unique to your project, the Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report provides valuable information to help in estimating the cost of the job itself, as well as the resale value should you decide to list your property.
Looking at their 2020 data for Washington, D.C., we find that the average vinyl siding replacement project is approximately $14,000, with nearly 84% of “cost recouped” when selling. While most homeowners opt to replace siding for their own enjoyment, a high prospective resale value is a bonus nonetheless, and underscores how important an upgraded home exterior is to buyers.
For a more detailed cost evaluation based on your home and siding preferences, request a price estimate from Thompson Creek today!
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford
At Thompson Creek, we believe in the unparalleled power of a team of diverse, complementary talents working together toward a common goal. Our business philosophy is that the best results are realized when owning the home improvement project process from exciting start to fabulous finish, which is why installation is included when you buy siding with us.
When you trust us with your replacement siding upgrade, our commitment to quality is skillfully executed through a passionate and proficient team who understand the way each step of the project is connected, but remain focused on what they do best…
At the beginning of the siding replacement process, you’ll meet with one of Thompson Creek’s sales and design consultants. These are the folks who know our siding catalog front to back, and can help answer any questions you might have, providing inspiration and recommendations along the way.
This team has worked with hundreds of homeowners with houses new and old, big and small. Whether you’re torn between two colors, or want to incorporate different vinyl siding styles and aren’t sure how, our consultants can help inform and guide your choices, turning brainstorming sessions into blueprints!
Just as the design decisions are an integral part of a successful siding replacement project, the vinyl siding installation itself demands a high level of expertise. Simply put – vinyl siding installation is not an easy, DIY project for the inexperienced.
Our team of professional siding installers has run into every “unexpected” issue you can imagine throughout their careers, and bring what they learned from each of them to the table every day. Working on homes of all sizes, shapes, and ages, removing various old siding materials, and working around all manner of existing exterior structures has helped them hone their skills and know how to approach any installation obstacle. In a nutshell, they’re total pros. And total pros is exactly who you want handling a home improvement project as major as siding replacement.
It is the low-maintenance factor that makes replacement vinyl siding such an easy choice for many homeowners, particularly those who have grown tired of sacrificing their weekends to endless hours of upkeep! Compared to wood, brick, stucco, and other home exterior materials, maintaining vinyl siding is less time intensive, and requires a lot less elbow grease.
Many homeowners find they only need a fall and spring cleaning to keep their siding looking its best, though you can expect to want to wash your siding more regularly if you live on a high-traffic or dusty road, or choose a lighter color. Whichever schedule suits your needs best, Thompson Creek recommends following these simple steps for optimal safety, and stunning results…
Step One: Protect outlets, plants, and decorations. As you prepare to hose down, scrub, or power wash your siding, you’ll want to ensure any electrical outlets or components are properly covered and protected, and that delicate decorations or plants have been given cover as well.
Step Two: We recommend choosing a bleach-free, harsh chemical-free, environmentally-friendly cleaning agent that won’t harm your landscaping, pets, or wildlife. Dish soap can yield surprisingly impressive cleaning results, with oxygenated cleansers and vinegar being good tools to have in your arsenal as well.
Step Three: Be sure to take a top down approach with the hose. Spraying the siding from beneath, particularly if using a high-power washer, greatly increases the risk of water getting behind the siding, which can lead to damaging mold. Work in small sections, scrubbing with a soft brush as needed to remove stubborn dirt and stains.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, vinyl siding can be painted. Many homeowners opt to paint their siding instead of replacing it when it is still in good structural condition, but has faded, or they want a new color entirely. For best results, it is recommended that siding is thoroughly washed and dried prior to painting, and that you work with a high-quality acrylic primer and vinyl-safe acrylic paint.
The lifetime of vinyl siding is greatly influenced by the quality of materials used, and the elements it is up against, with a general average lifespan of 20-40 years. Thompson Creek vinyl siding is backed by a No-Hassle Warranty and Buyer Protection Guarantee, and is built to last for up to 50 years.
To safely and securely hang lightweight decorations and wreaths, invest in a vinyl siding hook, cup hook, or other hook designed specifically for use with vinyl siding. You should never drill holes into your siding as this will damage the siding itself, and present an easy opportunity for moisture to seep behind your siding.