RRSA St. Louis is the preferred siding installation specialist in the Greater St. Louis area. We offer FREE home inspections and siding installation estimates. Our siding professional can help you decide which type of siding is best for your home. When making the decision to put siding on your home or replace your current siding, there are several considerations to take into account. Below we have listed a few of the reasons you will want new siding, and also the types of siding available:
THE BENEFITS OF SIDING
- Beauty: Your siding determines your home’s appearance because it is the largest part of your exterior. It features your home’s main color scheme, and its design and profile create your home’s character. When choosing your siding options, you need to think about the available colors and how well the siding matches your home’s architectural style. Fortunately the siding we offer at RRSA St. Louis comes in a wide range of colors.
- Energy Efficiency: Your siding creates a thermal envelope around your home that prevents energy from escaping. You need to choose siding products that have excellent R-values to properly insulate your home and save energy. As a top cedar, fiber cement, and vinyl siding contractor, we made sure that all of our siding options come with insulation. Our siding can maximize your savings on energy bills over the year. In addition, there are siding products with built-in insulation that also improves the product’s durability.
- Durability: You should make sure that your siding provides excellent protection against moisture and that it is strong enough to withstand local weather conditions. Your choice of siding needs to resist wear, tear and temperature shifts from your location’s climate. Your siding expert, RRSA St. Louis, offers siding products that excel and will protect your home from anything the local weather can throw at it.
TYPES OF SIDING
Low price and minimal upkeep make vinyl by far the most popular siding material. Vinyl needs no painting. It won’t warp or twist, and it’s impervious to insects and water. But it can rattle, crack, melt, and burn. Some vinyl products may look like wood from a distance, but not up close. Before you settle on vinyl, consider your style preference or whether the architecture in your neighborhood makes the added realism and cost of plastic, fiber cement, or even real wood a more appropriate choice.
These shingles and shakes can closely resemble cedar, even up close. Plastic, like vinyl, requires minimal upkeep. However, plastic is much thicker than vinyl and can be two to three times more expensive. The added cost may pay for itself, though. We’ve also found it resists impacts better than vinyl in cold weather.
Fiber Cement Siding
This blend of cement, sand, and cellulose looks the most like real wood and costs about the same as vinyl. Fiber-cement siding is fire- and insect-proof, but water can damage it during freezes and thaws if its paint is allowed to degrade. It comes factory-primed but also can be ordered pre-painted for a higher cost; while your color selection is limited, factory coatings tend to last much longer. Whether primed or pre-painted, fiber cement must be refinished periodically, though less often than wood.
Although wood shingles and clapboard offer a traditional charm, they’re very expensive—wood clapboard is less expensive than shingles but still more than vinyl or fiber cement. Wood is resistant to impact, but it can warp, twist, and burn. And it’s vulnerable to rot, insects, and woodpeckers. Wood can be finished or left natural, and it’s available factory-primed or both primed and painted. (As with fiber cement, factory finishes cost more and come in a limited color selection, but they might last longer.) If it’s painted or stained, it requires periodic refinishing.
If you would like one of our RRSA St. Louis siding experts to come to your Greater St. Louis home and do a free home inspection and siding estimate, and help you decide on which type of siding is best for your home, give us a call today to set up your appointment.
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