Siding Choices for Your Avon Lake Home

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Types of siding


  • Wood. The natural look this siding creates is appealing to many homeowners -- not to mention the inexpensive pricetag. Types include clapboard, plywood, hardboard/composition, rectangular plank, cedar and wood plank. But wood siding is the least-used today simply because it doesn't perform well in harsh weather conditions and is also at the mercy of outdoor critters, including insects and other animals attracted to it. Average cost: $1-$6.50 per square foot (depending on the type of wood).
  • Vinyl. This home siding is the most commonly known and used. Vinyl siding doesn't provide insulation for the home unless an insulation is added (i.e. foam-backed vinyl siding). The low cost, ease of installation and the low maintenance required for the upkeep of this type of siding makes it one of the more popular choices. Today's vinyl siding is in a greater range of colors and textures and resists heat and damage better than earlier versions. Average cost: $2-$3 per square foot.
  • Composite. This type of siding is available in different materials, including fiber cement, aluminium and asphalt. Composite siding, which comes in the form of shingles or boards, is installed like wood and there are many different types of trim. Because composite siding is manufactured in different shapes and can be used with different trims and accessories, the installer is better able to customize a look to the homeowner's specifications. Average cost: $3-$5 per square foot.


    • Cedar impressions. This option is molded from real wood cedar shingles and provides the look of a natural wood shingle without the maintenance that wood normally requires. Considered a polymer-shake siding product. Average cost: $5-$7.50 per square foot.


Pros and cons

The three synthetic home siding types (vinyl, composite and cedar impressions) share one positive aspect -- they are all sustainable. Each is made of at least 50 to 60 percent recycled products.

Wood siding has long been a popular choice for homeowners -- but as other, more easily cared for siding materials have been introduced to the market, it's become less so. Its drawbacks include its need for constant upkeep and maintenance, and its low effectiveness as insulation. Still, many homeowners are charmed by the natural beauty of wood.

Vinyl performs very well, regardless of the climate, and does not need much maintenance, which is something most homeowners are happy to do without. Experts say the material just needs cleaning once a year with soap and water. This option is the least expensive and definitely has its drawbacks. Often the look is not as sleek as homeowners would like, because of trim pieces that need to be placed at corners, windows and doors.

Composite siding requires painting, but there are so many options that it removes the need for a pocketed accessory item. It's costlier than vinyl because of its shape, but it's fireproof and rot-resistant and holds paint very well. It can be hard to work with, though, and requires special cutting tools.

Cedar impressions are the most expensive of these sidings, but it provides a great look and fits into more architectural styles. Carter, who runs in an effort to demistify the often confusing world of homeownership, says it's the most beautiful, and is easy to work with. "Every other siding tries to mimic it, he says, but he cautions that this type of siding, which is already costly, will require maintenance.

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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Stan, from what I have seen of it being used down here in the Fort Worth area, if it were my home, I would go with something like HardiPlank... one of those fiber cement sidings.  It looks great, is treated just like masonry as far as the insurance agents here, and only needs paint about once every ten years... which is worth it for me.

I'm sure everyone has their favorites.

May 07, 2013 03:23 PM #1
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

Karen- hey you learn something new here from wonderful colleagues like you.  Thank you for sharing that I have to make a note on that..

May 08, 2013 10:56 AM #2
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Stan:  You are very welcome.  Some folks use vinyl siding, but in very high winds, that can detach from the house and be anywhere from waving in the breeze to totally detaching from the home.  I have seen it.

Also, vinyl can take dents from being hit by a baseball or a golf ball... whereas HardiPlank will not.  There are several finishes in HardiPlank that make it look like wood... with the ripples... or smoother.  It SHOULD be applied by someone who knows what they are doing, rather than just a do-it-yourself'er.  That is my recommendation.

Also, HardiPlank does have some insulation value to it.  Not much, but anything is better than none with the vinyl, although there are some vinyl makers who say they DO have types that are insulated.  I don't buy it.

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