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Evolution of siding materials

Over time, siding materials have evolved, offering homeowners a variety of choices to enhance their property’s exterior. Here are some siding materials that have become popular over the years. The most popular option is going Vinyl to Fiber Cement:

  • Vinyl: Known for its low maintenance and durability.
  • Fiber Cement: A versatile and long-lasting option that mimics the look of wood without the maintenance.
  • Wood: Traditional and natural appeal, but requires more upkeep to prevent rot and pests.
  • Metal: Modern and industrial aesthetic, offering durability and resistance to elements.

These materials have provided homeowners with a range of options to suit their aesthetic preferences and maintenance needs.

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Understanding vinyl siding profiles

Vinyl siding comes in various profiles that determine its appearance and style on your home. Here are some common vinyl siding profiles:

  • Double 4 (D4): This profile resembles two sets of four-inch clapboard panels.
  • Dutch Lap: Known for its shadow lines and distinct groove, creating a timeless look.
  • Beaded: Features a rounded bead at the bottom of the panel for a more decorative touch.
  • Lap: Offers a traditional horizontal clapboard look, ideal for a classic aesthetic.

These profiles not only affect the appearance of your home but also impact the overall cost and installation process.

Pros and cons of vinyl siding profiles

Vinyl siding profiles are known for their affordability and low maintenance. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

  • Pros:
  • Vinyl siding is cost-effective and comes in various colors and styles.
  • It requires minimal maintenance and is resistant to rot and insects.
  • Installation is relatively simple and can help improve a home’s energy efficiency.
  • Cons:
  • Vinyl siding can crack or fade over time, especially in extreme weather conditions.
  • It may not provide as much insulation as other siding materials like fiber cement.
  • Some homeowners find the appearance of vinyl siding less appealing compared to alternative siding options.

Fiber cement siding profiles overview

Fiber cement siding comes in various profiles that can mimic the look of traditional materials like wood. Popular profiles include clapboard, shingle, vertical, and board and batten. Each profile has its unique visual appeal and can complement different architectural styles. Clapboard profiles, also known as horizontal siding, are a classic choice with overlapping boards that create a timeless look. Shingle profiles, resembling individual cedar shakes, add texture and character to a home’s exterior. Vertical profiles offer a modern aesthetic with tall, clean lines that can make a house appear taller. Board and batten profiles feature wide vertical boards with narrow strips covering the seams, giving a rustic yet contemporary appearance. Choose a siding profile that matches your home’s style and personality to enhance its curb appeal.

Comparing vinyl and fiber cement siding profiles

Vinyl siding is more budget-friendly and easy to maintain compared to fiber cement siding. It is lightweight and tends to be easier to install. On the other hand, fiber cement siding is more durable and can mimic the look of wood siding more closely. It is heavier and requires more effort to install but offers better resistance to fire and pests. Your choice between the two will depend on your budget, maintenance preferences, and desired aesthetics.

When it comes to fiber cement siding, some popular designs stand out among homeowners. Here are a few of the most sought-after profiles that you might consider for your home:

  • Lap siding: This design features horizontal boards that overlap each other, creating a classic and timeless look.
  • Shingle siding: Mimicking the appearance of cedar shakes, shingle siding adds texture and charm to any home.
  • Panel siding: With clean lines and a modern feel, panel siding is a popular choice for contemporary architectural styles.
  • Board and batten: This design combines wide boards with narrow strips, creating a rustic and traditional aesthetic.

Each of these profiles offers a unique style that can enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Installation considerations for different siding profiles

When choosing a siding profile, it’s essential to consider the installation process. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Vinyl Siding: Known for its ease of installation, vinyl siding is lightweight and can be installed quickly.
  • Wood Siding: Requires expertise for proper installation to prevent issues like warping or rotting over time.
  • Fiber Cement Siding: Due to its heavy weight, fiber cement siding needs extra care during installation to ensure durability.

Consider factors like your budget, the experience of your contractor, and the specific requirements of each siding material before making your decision.

Maintenance tips for various siding profiles

To keep your siding looking its best, regular maintenance is essential. Here are some simple tips for maintaining popular siding profiles:

  • Vinyl Siding:
  • Clean with a mixture of water and mild soap using a soft brush or cloth.
  • Inspect for any cracks or damage and repair promptly.
  • Avoid pressure washing as it can cause water to seep behind the siding.
  • Fiber Cement Siding:
  • Regularly check for signs of moisture or water damage.
  • Repaint or touch up any chipped or peeling paint to protect the siding.
  • Trim overhanging trees or bushes to prevent damage to the siding.

By following these maintenance tips, you can prolong the life and appearance of your siding.

Enhancing curb appeal with siding profiles

When it comes to boosting your home’s curb appeal, choosing the right siding profile can make a noticeable difference. Siding profiles refer to the unique textures and designs of the siding panels that can enhance the overall look of your house. They come in various styles, such as lap siding and board and batten, each offering a distinct visual appeal. By selecting the appropriate siding profile for your home, you can create a fresh and attractive exterior that complements your property’s architecture and style.

Conclusion: Choosing the right siding profile for your home

When selecting a siding profile for your home, consider the style and architecture of your house. Each siding material has unique characteristics, so choose one that complements your home’s aesthetic. Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to maintain, making it a popular choice for many homeowners. Fiber cement siding offers durability and a diverse range of styles to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Evaluate your priorities, budget, and desired look to make the best decision for your home’s siding.

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Colleen Hass
Colleen Hass
Choose this company for you siding, you won't be sorry! The owner Ian, is far and above best contractor I have ever worked with. Excels at communication, follow up and explains everything in a friendly non-pressure way. I interviewed three other contractors, before settling on Elite. I knew I would be in good hands for this huge investment with Ian as he was genuine and sincere about providing the best result. Both the siding and the paint crew are top notch professionals, with a great work ethic and attention to detail, they are Hardie trained so you can be sure the installation was done to the highest standard and it shows! We went from ugly worn out 20 year vinyl to James Hardie siding, and the difference astounding, very very happy with what feels like a new house now.
Colton O’Neill
Colton O’Neill
Ian is extremely knowledgeable at his craft. He was so patient with all of our questions and concerns. We felt so comfortable from the moment we met him. We met with a few other companies to do our due diligence but Ian was the clear choice.
Adam Tuck
Adam Tuck
My home has a fairly complex exterior, and we were looking to re-side the home as we were dealing with constant issues of water intrusion. I was searching the greater Portland/Vancouver area for Siding Contractors for Hardie Siding, as we really just wanted something that would hold up against the elements and protect us in the case of any nearby fires (we’re close to some woods). After meeting Ian from Elite Home Exteriors, we decided to go with him and we couldn’t have been happier that we decided to go with him as out Siding Contractor. We had additional problems from the water damage too, and the folks he recommended were also top notch. Ian and team are a James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor, which means basically that he’s passed the highest certification for installing James Hardie siding products. I would work with him again, but based on his fit and finish, I probably won’t need to! Thanks Ian!
D Gray (DGray)
D Gray (DGray)
Working with Ian and his company was an absolute pleasure. I currently own 2 homes and have had 3 previous houses, so I’ve had experience with many contractors over the last 20 years and most are not good. My husband and I had a water intrusion issue (undisclosed to us during a house purchase) that we subsequently discovered for ourselves 6 months later in the rainy season. After meeting with many contactors to figure out how to execute the repair, we decided that their prices were outrageous even for just a patch job and we decided to do the right thing and replace all the wood siding with Hardie plank. My husband found Ian online, and we met with him. He is excellent at communication, through emails/text and/or phone calls. He was always pleasant to meet with and didn’t talk to me as if I was a dumb homeowner, which happens quite a bit in this industry. He was happy to answer all my questions and work with us on a documented design for adding architectural details so there was no questions on how the job would look. He and his crew were always punctual and professional. They finished the job ahead of schedule and did everything promised. Honestly, the water intrusion situation was very stressful, but Ian made it a pleasure to get resolved. I am so happy that we went with him and have had excellent results. My high-strung HOA was even happy about his work and gave us a compliment. I wholeheartedly recommend him, and I would be happy to talk to anyone wanting a reference about our pleasant experience. It isn’t every day that such a huge job is completed with such ease and professionalism. I 100% recommend working with Ian and Elite Home Exteriors NW – you won’t be disappointed!
roxanne sutton
roxanne sutton
The South wall of the house had rot and cut siding from a previous connected wood deck. Ian was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional from start to finish. He answered detailed questions, gave me several options to fit within my budget. Ian communicated with me throughout the process, and was accommodating when I requested more detail, or a change during planning phase. His crew shows up on schedule, were friendly and courteous of my property, and cleaned up thoroughly before leaving. The job was completed quickly and within budget. The new siding and paint is an asset to this house and exceeds my expectations. I enjoyed working with Ian, and would recommend Elite Home Exteriors NW to anyone considering a siding update for their home.
Justin Acciavatti
Justin Acciavatti
Glad I hired Ian and his team to replace siding on the south-facing side of my house. Communication with Ian throughout project was as good as any contractor I've worked with. The work was done well, went smoothly, just what you want. Also glad to see them not show up in expensive vehicle wrapped graphics, etc that the customer pays for. I'll have more siding to do on my house and will hire them again.
Lori Clark
Lori Clark
Great communication by the company. The workers are skilled, arrived on time, and they are very friendly. We love the work they did on our house. The new siding makes our older home look like a new house!
Keith Belshaw
Keith Belshaw
I chose to contract the team at Elite Home Exteriors NW to replace my siding as they had a fair price and provided a detail guide of materials, process and standards. They exceeded my expectations by finishing work early, were quick to communicate, did a fantastic job of replacing the siding and the team that did the install were friendly and helpful. I would solidly recommend Elite Home Exteriors!
Brendan Greenen
Brendan Greenen
Elite Home Exteriors NW did an outstanding job on re-siding our home. From the initial survey and quote, to scheduling and completing the work, they were extremely transparent, communicative and professional! Very happy with our new siding and paint for our home!
Kosal Sam
Kosal Sam
Ian and his team done a fantastic job. We resided our home with new siding and exterior paint. We are very happy of the outcome of their work. They did a great job!

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