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Understanding horizontal siding with Siding Pros Contractor Elite Home Exteriors NW

Horizontal siding is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its sleek look and durability. Unlike vertical siding, which runs up and down, horizontal siding runs side to side along the exterior walls of your home. It is versatile and comes in various materials like vinyl, wood, or fiber cement. Horizontal siding helps protect your home from the elements, improves insulation, and can increase your home’s energy efficiency.

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Benefits of siding for energy efficiency

Horizontal siding can improve your home’s energy efficiency in several ways:

  • Insulation: Horizontal siding provides an additional layer of insulation to your walls, reducing heat loss in winter and keeping your home cool in summer.
  • Air Circulation: It helps in proper air circulation, preventing moisture buildup that can lead to mold and mildew.
  • Energy Savings: By improving insulation and airflow, horizontal siding can lower your heating and cooling costs.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Apart from the energy benefits, horizontal siding can enhance the look of your home, making it more appealing.

Materials used in horizontal siding

Horizontal siding can be made from various materials like vinyl, wood, fiber cement, and aluminum. Each material has its pros and cons that can impact your home’s energy efficiency. Vinyl is low maintenance and affordable, while wood gives a natural look but requires more upkeep. Fiber cement is durable and resistant to rot and insects. Aluminum is lightweight and weather-resistant. Choosing the right material for your horizontal siding can help improve your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal.

How siding reduces energy costs

Horizontal siding acts as a protective barrier for your home, helping to keep your indoor temperature consistent. This type of siding can reduce energy costs by preventing heat loss in the winter and keeping your home cool in the summer. This means your heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature, leading to potential savings on your energy bills.

Installation process of siding

The installation process of horizontal siding involves these steps:

  • Preparing the surface: The exterior surface must be clean and smooth before installation.
  • Measuring and cutting: Horizontal siding pieces are measured and cut to fit the specific dimensions of the home.
  • Securing the siding: Each piece of siding is securely attached to the exterior of the house using screws or nails.
  • Sealing the seams: Seams between siding pieces are sealed to prevent moisture and air infiltration.
  • Adding finishing touches: Trim pieces and corner caps are installed to give the siding a polished look.

Maintenance tips for siding

To keep your horizontal siding in good shape, regularly inspect it for any damage like cracks, chips, or loose pieces. Clean your siding with soapy water and a soft brush to remove dirt and grime. Trim any overgrown plants, trees, or bushes near your siding to prevent damage. Consider repainting your siding every few years to maintain its protective layer. Watch out for any signs of water damage or mold and address them promptly to prevent further issues.

Choosing the right type of siding

Horizontal siding comes in different materials, with the most common being vinyl, wood, and fiber cement. Vinyl siding is known for its low cost and low maintenance, but it may not be as durable as other options. Wood siding offers a natural look, but it requires more upkeep. James Hardie Fiber cement siding is a durable and low-maintenance option, but it can be more expensive. Consider the climate in your area and your budget when choosing the right type of siding for your home.

Enhancing curb appeal with siding

Horizontal siding can significantly boost your home’s curb appeal. It provides a sleek and modern look, enhancing the overall appearance of your house. The horizontal lines create a sense of width, making your home look more substantial and visually appealing from the street. With a wide range of colors and materials available, you can easily customize the look to suit your style and preferences.

Cost considerations for installing horizontal siding

Installing horizontal siding can boost a home’s energy efficiency, but it’s essential to consider the costs involved. Here are key points to keep in mind:

  1. Material Costs:
  • Vinyl siding is typically the most affordable option, with prices ranging from (6 to )10 per square foot.
  • Wood siding is more expensive, averaging between (13 to )20 per square foot.
  • Fiber cement siding falls in the middle at (8 to )15 per square foot.
  1. Labor Costs:
  • Labor expenses can vary based on location and contractor rates as well as what products are being installed. James Hardie Fiber Cement is installed differently than Vinyl Siding. On average, labor costs can range from (6 to )10 per square foot.
  1. Additional Costs:
  • Don’t forget to factor in additional costs such as trim pieces, insulation, and any necessary permits, which can add to the overall expense.

Considering these cost elements upfront can help you budget effectively for your horizontal siding installation project.

Conclusion: Improving energy efficiency with horizontal siding

Horizontal siding can significantly boost your home’s energy efficiency by providing better insulation and reducing energy consumption. It not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your house but also helps in maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature throughout the year. Upgrading to horizontal siding can lead to cost savings on heating and cooling bills in the long run, making it a wise investment for homeowners looking to improve their energy efficiency.

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    Colleen Hass
    Colleen Hass
    2024-04-10
    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
    2024-04-08
    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
    2024-02-03
    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)
    2023-11-06
    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
    2023-10-29
    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
    2023-10-05
    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
    2023-08-27
    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
    2022-10-27
    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
    2022-10-05
    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
    2022-09-16
    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!