As you scour the internet for answers, you have probably discovered that there are a lot more siding options than you previously thought. Just like it’s difficult to pick out a movie on a Saturday night, it can be just as paralyzing to choose from the wide array of sidings that exist in today’s market. That is where ProCraft Exteriors comes in. We don’t expect you to contact us, knowing every detail of what you want. We understand the confusion that can set in after reading about 15 kinds of siding. That’s why we believe it is our job to act as your guide, helping you to understand all of the nuances that exist in siding, narrowing down your options until you feel you’ve settled on the perfect solution for your home.
That is the difference between ProCraft Exteriors and many other contractors you might encounter. Other contractors will rush through the work, cash your check, and split. For them, it’s a numbers game. The faster they can rush through your siding project, the sooner they can get onto the next one, cashing check after check with no accountability. ProCraft Exteriors isn’t like this. We are licensed and certified contractors with over 25 years of experience. We’re not in this for a quick buck, we want to develop a long-term partnership with our customers. We want our customers to feel confident in their siding, knowing that it was installed properly and that, should any issues arise, that the experts at ProCraft will be there.
If you’re coming to us, we hope it’s only because you’ve decided your home needed a facelift and not because you’ve experienced storm damage. Coming out of your house in the morning only to realize that wind or hail have destroyed your siding can be stressful, especially with the tight belts we’re wearing in today’s economy. You start asking yourself, “How am I going to pay for siding, on top of everything else?” ProCraft Exteriors is a family-owned company, so we understand how stressful these kinds of unexpected expenses can be and will do what is needed to give you peace of mind.
Need help getting your siding covered by your homeowner’s insurance? Not a problem. All of us at ProCraft Exteriors are fluent in the lingo of insurance providers, helping to see that your insurer covers as much of the damage as possible. We’ll work with your provider and any independent adjusters that work with, showing them the damages and explaining to them the exact needs that we’ll have determined your home needs, after careful assessment.
If you’ve filed your insurance claim and the amount they paid still isn’t enough to cover the costs, don’t sweat it just yet. ProCraft Exteriors offers a variety of payment plans to help ease the burden. We will sit down with you and listen to what you feel you can and cannot afford, guiding you to the payment plan that will ensure you get the most possible for your budget, without the stress of an unruly, monthly payment.
So, without further ado, let’s talk about your siding options. Of course, your ProCraft contractor will take time to explore each of these options with you in greater depth, but we want to give you a general overview for those homeowners who prefer to do a little research on their own before talking to a professional. (Because we’re those kind of people, ourselves).
Vinyl Siding is one of the most popular options for residential homes out there, with around 30% of all homes using vinyl. That’s a big percentage! Vinyl siding has been around since the 1950s, when plastic was coming into the picture as an exciting new material. Viewed as a replacement for more traditional siding materials, like wood or aluminum, the early years of vinyl siding is what also gave it a bad reputation. The vinyl siding of yore was cheap, known to crack and fade, leaving your house looking worse off than when you first started. Of course, that was decades ago and times have changes. The formulas used in vinyl siding have since been revamped, so that it’s reputation has not only been renewed but has since skyrocketed.
The popularity of vinyl also doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, any time soon. Its growing popularity is largely due to the fact that it is both affordable and easy to install (which means that you also save time spent on installation). Vinyl siding also requires a lot less maintenance than other sidings, especially in that it doesn’t require paint. Not needing to scrape and paint your siding every 10 years is a big saver of time and energy.
Another reason that you don’t need paint with vinyl is that it already comes in a wide array of beautiful colors, so when you pick your siding, you can find a color to compliment your home. Of course you can paint vinyl, if you eventually decide that you’re more of a blue home person than a beige, but be aware that this might affect your siding’s warranty.
You may notice that your color selection is somewhat limited to lighter shades of color, rather than those deeper and darker shades. This is because darker colors will absorb more heat, leaving your vinyl to deteriorate at a faster pace – which you don’t want. So if you just have to have a home that is Hunter Green or Royal Blue, it might be best to consider a different siding solution.
Vinyl siding will require some maintenance but it should be relatively minimal. Mold and dirt can develop on the siding, to giving it a wash with your hose from time to time will go a long way in maintaining the beauty of your home.
Aluminum Siding is a classic siding option that can provide an excellent exterior for your home. Aluminum first came onto the scene after WWII, working well as a cheaper alternative to wood as American housing market boomed with soldiers returning home to start their families. Aluminum siding continued to be a popular option up until the 1970s and has continued to declined in popularity over the last several decades, due to new trends in siding technology. Still, it remains a staple.
One of the reasons aluminum siding has remained a popular option is that it’s more durable than vinyl and requires minimal maintenance. That being said, aluminum is a softer metal, leaving it susceptible to dents from hail or even dropping a ladder against it. Aluminum siding has a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, largely dependent on the gauge (or thickness) of siding you choose. Choosing a thicker gauge of metal will also make it more difficult to damage, though the greater the gauge, the more expensive your siding will be.
While vinyl siding isn’t usually a good candidate for paint, aluminum holds paint exceptionally well. Aluminum siding can also withstand extreme heat and cold, meaning you’re free to paint it whichever color you want without fear that the additional heat absorbed will do it harm. This allows you greater creative expression in your home exterior.
Aluminum siding provides great protection against a variety of external forces. Aluminum provides a solid defence against rain and water, incapable of rusting unlike steel. Being metal, it’s also nearly fireproof, giving you another layer of protection against external threats that could set your home ablaze.
Last but not least, aluminum siding is 100% recyclable. So if you’re looking to go “green” as you set out to improve your home, aluminum siding is a great way of doing this. Because the more ProCraft Exteriors can recycle for you, the less we have to haul to the landfill.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber Cement Siding is a type of siding you don’t hear talked about as much as vinyl or aluminum, but can provide a unique set of benefits that homeowners should know about. It comes in a variety of textures and can create the appearance of wood, making it an affordable alternative to natural wood, so homeowners can save money while still achieving that desired look and feel.
Fiber cement siding is typically made of cement, sand, and wood fiber. The combination of these materials provides superior insulation to your home, helping to save you money season over season. While these materials are not yet recyclable, they are inert and won’t harm the environment, an added comfort to environmentally-conscious homeowners.
While fiber cement siding can be painted, homeowners might find it to be easier and more affordable to opt for pre-painted panels. They’re excellent quality, coming in a wide range of colors and styles, with many also covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.
The materials used in fiber cement also provide great protection against water, making it perfect for homes that will experience heavy rain and humidity. Which, let’s be honest, is all of them. This resistance to the elements leaves you with a lighter maintenance schedule and a lifespan that is often warrantied up to 50 years, so you can spend more time enjoying your life and less trying to keep your home looking its best.
Seamless Steel Siding
Seamless Steel Siding is easily one of the top choices for homeowners, and it’s a favorite of contractors as well. The reason is right in the name: “seamless.” While other siding solutions come in pre-cut lengths, leading to unattractive seams right in the middle of your home, seamless steel siding is cut to exact dimensions of your home. This makes for a much more polished looking home, which the contractors at ProCraft Exteriors take great pride in.
Another benefit of custom-cut lengths is that it greatly reduces waste. Other materials require that the contractor factor in a 10% – 20% wasted material surcharge into the cost of the project, this doesn’t need to be done with seamless steel. We can also provide a much more accurate estimate with seamless steel, since we know that the dimensions of your home will be the same as the material needed to complete the project.
Maintenance is also a benefit of seamless steel siding. With seamed siding, moisture can get in behind the siding, causing mold and rot. It’s a costly problem, only adding stress to the homeowner. With seamless steel, there is no place for the moisture to enter, possibly saving you thousands over the course of a lifetime. Stainless steel siding is also better when it comes to surface mildew, as often it’s in the crevices that mildew tends to grow. Steel is sleek and smoothing, making it largely inhospitable. Sorry, mildew!
When it comes to choosing a siding solution that will last, seamless steel is also clear winner for your home. Some manufacturers offer a warranty of 50+ years, which is great for people who would rather only re-side their home once in a lifetime. Over the course of time, seamless steel is also much more likely to retain its color than other sidings. While many siding options warp and fade with time, seamless steel is exceptionally resistant to both. Seamless steel cannot be painted over, though, so you will want to make sure that the color you choose is the color you want your house to stay for a long time.
Think you’ve read everything there is to know about siding? Believe or not, you haven’t. There are still a number of other options and we’d love to tell you about each and every one of them! We are confident that once we come out to assess your home and provide you with your free estimate, you’ll choose us to be your siding experts. Not because we’re high pressure or better at selling our product (anyone can sell siding!) but because we take the time to get to know each one of our customers, understanding their needs, so they end up with a home they can feel proud to live in for years to come.