The Most Popular Types of Home Replacement Siding

Have you been thinking about taking on a new home improvement project? A home replacement siding project is one of the most valuable things you can do in terms of increasing value to your house.

Depending on the material you choose, you can expect to recover between 63 and 76% of the total cost of the project in resale value.

With so many different siding materials available, however, it can be hard to know how to make the right choice for your home. We're here to make it a little easier for you. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of different home replacement siding so you can make the right decision for your home.

Fiber Cement Siding

One of the most popular types of home replacement siding is fiber cement. This durable material is made from a mixture of sand, water, cement, and cellulose fibers. This results in a beautiful siding material that has the look of wood siding, with none of the maintenance requirements.

Here at SmardBuild, we use James Hardie fiber cement siding, which is nationally recognized as the best manufacturer on the market.

Pros and Cons of Fiber Cement Siding

As we briefly mentioned above, fiber cement siding is one of the most durable siding materials available and it requires very little maintenance to keep it looking great for years. It's also resistant to fire, pests, and issues like moisture and rot, so you never have to worry about the condition of your home's exterior.

While fiber cement siding can be a bit more expensive than other siding materials, many of the homeowners we work with believe it's well worth the cost for what you get in return. Aside from that, there really are no disadvantages to choosing fiber cement siding for your home.

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Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is another popular siding option that we offer to our customers here in the greater Chicago area. Vinyl siding gives your home a classic look and comes in a variety of styles and colors, so you're sure to find something that fits your aesthetic.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

Like fiber cement, vinyl siding is also a durable and low-maintenance material. Unlike some siding materials, the color doesn't chip or scratch off over time, so you'll never have to worry about painting it. It's also a relatively inexpensive material, which makes it a great option if you're renovating on a budget.

One thing to keep in mind if you choose vinyl siding is that it's not the most environmentally friendly option. If you're trying to go green, you might want to choose a different material.

Wood Siding

Homeowners looking for a classic, rustic look may opt for wood siding for their homes. Wood siding comes in countless colors and styles, with planks available in different sizes and shapes to help your home look uniquely yours.

Pros and Cons of Wood Siding

One of the biggest advantages of wood siding is that it's very customizable. You can stain or paint it virtually any color, so your home's curb appeal is totally up to you. It's also an environmentally friendly option, as it doesn't contain any pollutants and it's biodegradable.

However, if you don't like the idea of spending your free time taking care of your siding, wood might not be the best choice for your home. It requires a lot of maintenance to help prevent moisture damage and you'll have to paint or stain it again every few years. It's also susceptible to fire and pest damage, which could lead to costly repairs down the road.

Metal Siding

Finally, metal siding is another popular material, since it comes in different panel styles, including shingles and vertical strips. You can choose metal siding made from aluminum or steel, depending on your budget and the look you want.

Pros and Cons of Metal Siding

Homeowners love metal siding for its unique look and its durability. Since metal is one of the toughest materials on the market, it's made to last for years and requires very little maintenance. It's also an energy-efficient material that can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

If you're trying to stick to a set budget, keep in mind that metal siding is usually more expensive than other materials. It can also be prone to dents over time and replacing panels can be tricky and costly.

Schedule Your Home Replacement Siding Project

Now that you know more about the most popular home replacement siding materials, it's time to start thinking about your own project! For the last 15 years, we've been working with homeowners like you, providing high-quality craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service throughout every project.

We'd love to help you make the right siding choice for your home. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get a quote for your project.

Here's what customers say...

The high-level craftsmanship and personalized customer experience we deliver are what keep our customers happy and telling their friends about us. We can't wait to help you with your remodeling project. 

Mark and his team did a terrific job and I could not be more pleased with the final work! Throughout whole siding installation process I was kept well informed about the progress and what will be next steps in the process. I'm living in Arlington Heights and anyone who is looking for great siding contractor can stop by my house and check their amazing work. I also plan on hiring them again for another siding project. That would be my parent's home. 🙂

Jessica D.

I researched over 30 companies, and had 5 come out to my house to give me estimates to install new vinyl siding. I ended up going with Smardbuild, and I am very happy that I did. They showed up on time, and finished the entire job within a week. And the quality of the work is the best part. They are perfectionists! I have never seen attention to detail like this. They even went above and beyond the job requirements. They installed aluminum flashing around my sliding glass door to make it look nicer, and that was not even part of the job. And to top it off, they installed 2 new wall lanterns that I bought at Home Depot. 

Tim H.

We used Mark and his Smardbuild team to replace our roof, soffits, fascia, siding, upstairs windows, gutters and front door. All work performed is top notch. We went with Hardie soffits and fascia since we had prior issues with carpenter bees drilling holes in our old, wooden soffits. In my opinion Smardbuild is the best with Hardie products. Everything looks great. It took us a while to finally settle on a color for the siding and Smardbuild was quite patient with our process. After having issues with contractors in the past, it was refreshing to work with such a professional team that actually cares about the quality of their work. Thanks Smardbuild.

Peter P.

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