Benefits of Siding for Home Exteriors
When choosing a material for the exterior of your home, siding offers many benefits. Siding is a low maintenance solution for the exterior of your home and James Hardie siding has better durability than metal or vinyl siding products. Siding is available in many colors and styles to create a beautiful exterior for your home and adding siding can increase your home’s value.
Options for Siding
There are many options for siding for residential applications. At All States Home Improvement, we are happy to help our customers select the best siding for their homes. There are many colors and styles available, so you can find something that will reflect your personal tastes and fit the style of your home.
Selecting the Right Siding Contractor
The best siding in the world won’t look right, if an inexperienced contractor installs it. When selecting a contractor, make sure he is licensed, insured, and knowledgeable about siding products. In addition, you want a contractor that you are comfortable talking with and is helpful in the process of selecting siding. Ask for a list of references to ensure that the contractor has a record of quality service and be sure that the contractor is approved or certified by the siding company.
Always get a written estimate from any siding contractor. The estimate should have a description of the work that will be completed, specify the materials that will be used, including product numbers and the work should be covered by a contractor’s warranty. The contractor should be responsible for the permits and the estimate should include the total price, payment schedule, and information about financing, if applicable.
Can you afford to spend more than $50,000 just to keep your home’s exterior looking good? Durable, low-maintenance James Hardie siding is an excellent option!
Common Siding Terms
- Soffit – This is the material that is used under the eaves or overhangs.
- Course – A row of panels that runs the length of the house for horizontal siding and top to bottom for vertical siding.
- Dutchlap or Shiplap – This is a type of siding with a beveled face that provides an attractive and decorative look to the siding.
- Fascia Board – The board that is attached to the rafters between the roof and soffit and is covered by a fascia cap.
- Flashing – Sheet metal that is used above windows and doors and under the siding to prevent water infiltration.
- Weep Hole – A hole in the bottom edge of a siding panel to enable the discharge of condensation.
- Square – This is a 10 x 10 foot section of the wall that is equal to 100 square feet.
- Furring Strip – A framing material that can be either wood or metal that is used as a base for nailing.
- Lap – The overhang of siding or roofing material.
- Drip Cap – This is set on top of a door casing and allows water to drip off and away from the casing.
To learn more about our windows, siding, doors, gutters, decks and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220 in Wichita and (913) 800-5211 in Kansas City. Fill out our convenient request an estimate form, or stop by either of our local showrooms to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.