Siding

There are many different types of siding that you can use on your home. Depending on the type you are interested in there are a few maintenance requirements.

Vinyl Siding

Installing vinyl siding eliminates the hassle and expense of repainting your house every five years. Installing vinyl siding can also save you money- vinyl siding costs about 11% less than cedar siding and 26% less than aluminum.

When picking the correct contractor to install your new siding, remember to do research- a qualified and trained contractor is key and not all vinyl siding is made the same, a quality product must be installed for it to work properly.

Vast improvements have been made to vinyl siding since it first came to the siding market. Vinyl siding now, appears to have a low-gloss finish that can resemble painted wood, yellowing and fading color are now a thing of the past- with new improvements those are not a concern, most manufactures have also improved the grain patterns to make it look more like wood, and corners/ends are not noticeable anymore.

Before you install vinyl siding on your home, be sure you like the look and is acceptable for your neighborhood.

Wood Siding

Wood siding is a more popular choice in the US due to the different variations and installation options that come with it. Wood siding can be installed either vertical or horizontal. Vertical siding is board and batten while horizontal is clapboards, shakes, and shingles.

Pine- Pine can be less expensive than other siding but can be difficult to get in long lengths which can cause a more labor-intensive and costly project. Although pine tends to hold a stain well and is preferable when painting or staining horizontal siding. Clapboards are typically used when installing pine siding. Pine clapboards can be prone to cupping, splitting and checking. It is not a rot-resistance wood, it is very important to seal it and make sure it is maintained well.

Cedar siding is known for its gain, rot-resistance, is straight and resists splitting. Like pine, cedar takes stain well and enhances the rich color. Cedar is commonly used for shakes and shingles on your home because it is dimensionally stable, resists swelling, and has less cupping and swelling. Cedar can be used and installed as clapboards but the clear grade A cedar is costly.

Soffit

Soffit vents are located under the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section of a roof’s eave, archway, staircase, or ceiling. Soffit vents help assist with ventilating the attic by cycling air to the vents to draw heat and moisture away from the home. This is important because moisture in the attic can develop and cause rotting or mold to the sheathing and rafters.

Most soffits are made from vinyl, which is important because the soffit can be easily exposed to moisture due to unkempt gutters and wet weather conditions. With varying weather in Nebraska is it extremely important your soffits are working properly and is diverting the water away from the attic. Vinyl can also save you money on your energy bills!

Fascia

The fascia is a vertical finishing edge that is connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. Fascia is to act as a layer between the edge of the roof and the outdoors and is meant to protect the wooden board against water damage.

Fascia can also have an aesthetic pleasing role as it creates a smoother, more even appearance for the edge of the roof. Fascia also protects the interior of your home by blocking water from the roof and weather conditions.