Specialty siding in Cincinnati, OH

Siding can be a beautifying and cost effective change to any home, and there are many options in siding materials that homeowners can select from - even going so far as to mix designs in multi-story homes. Talk to us today about specialty siding in Cincinnati, OH.

Vinyl Siding

Made from PVC, vinyl siding has been around since the 1960’s, and as of the 2010 census, it is the most commonly used siding in new, single-family home construction. Historically, vinyl siding has gotten a bad image as being a “cheap” alternative. Current forms of vinyl siding and advancements in the technology of manufacturing have changed that stigma. Through careful design and engineering vinyl siding can now perfectly mimic the look of many types of other materials and architectural accents, including wood, stone and state. It has also improved in strength and weather resistance and comes in an extremely broad range of colors for any décor.

Advantages:  Durability, widely available, economical, great warranties

Disadvantages:  Repairs require replacement of an entire section, cannot be painted, flammable; releases toxins if burned

Cleaning/Maintenance: Wash annually with soap and water

Green” Characteristics:  Vinyl siding as a whole is a “green” siding option due to its production and recycling capabilities

Insulated Siding

Insulated siding is usually in the vinyl siding category in that it is vinyl siding that is manufactured with the insulation glued inside.  Using insulated siding helps erect a barrier to prevent heat loss (or gain) at the points where the studs contact the outer wall of the house at other areas where thermal bridging commonly occurs.

Advantages:  Creates straighter lines and lays flatter than conventional siding, making it more effective on irregular walls; reduces outside noise; reduces the amount of heat loss or gain from the house

Disadvantages:  It costs more than standard vinyl siding

Cleaning/Maintenance:  Wash annually with soap and water

“Green” characteristics:  Foam insulation increases the sidings R-value, which helps make a home more energy efficient

Fiber cement siding

Fiber cement siding consists of wood fibers mixed with sand and cement.  The siding is much thicker than vinyl siding and has a better ability to withstand harsh weather such as strong winds or hail. The material is very stable and does not expand and contract in the same way as vinyl siding, which allows paint to last longer on its surface. The low maintenance requirements for fiber cement coupled with its weather resistance have many homeowners happy to make the investment in this type of cladding for their home.

Advantages:  Not susceptible to termites; highly water resistant; incombustible; holds paint well; lots of options in texture and color

Disadvantages:  Installation is more complicated as the product is very heavy; costlier than most types of vinyl siding

Cleaning/Maintenance:  Mostly maintenance free; must be repainted periodically (recommend every 15 to 20)

“Green” characteristics:  Most brands contain less than 10-20% recycled materials