Vinyl siding is probably the most common siding, because of the cost factor and easy low maintenance care. You can see on the image below a number of different styles. Dutch Lap, Straight Lap (Traditional), Beaded, Board & Batten, Scalloped, shakes, vertical panels, and for texture either wood grain or smooth. The color, style and texture of the siding are as individual as you are. The siding and windows on the exterior of your home sets the tone and shows your taste. There are different thicknesses of vinyl as well as insulated boards. The thinner the vinyl, the easier it is to crack during a storm related event, or if you run into it while doing some yard work. Thinner is cheaper, but what you save in cost is lost in quality and durability.
If you are replacing your siding through an insurance claim, the insurance company will replace “apples for apples” what you currently have on your house right now. If you want a better vinyl siding than what you currently have, that will be an additional out of pocket cost to the home owner.
So which profile is best for you? The home owner decides on the color, the profile, and whether it is wood grain or smooth. Our professionals will go over your options with you, and help with the selection. Of course, there are other materials that are used for siding, including James Hardie fiberboard, wood, stone, stucco and steel. We will go over some of these other types in a future post.