Siding

SIDING SERVICES

Exterior Siding Installation & Siding Replacement
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Choosing the right siding materials and a certified, licensed contractor can make siding replacement last a lifetime.

At Rako Roofing, We Know That The Investment In Protecting Your Home’s Exterior Is An Important One. Your Siding Plays An Important Role In Building The Value Of Your Home – Whether It Is A Well-Lived-In Home Or A New Construction — As Well As In Creating A Pleasant Living Environment.

We’ll Help You Choose From A Wide Variety Of Quality Siding Colors and Styles That Will Give Your House A Fresh, New Look And Provide Virtually Maintenance-Free Protection For Decades To Come.

Our Installation Quality, Workmanship And Attention To Detail Ensure That The Job Will Be Done Correctly The First Time, And That You Will Love The Finished Product.

When you call us for a free estimate, a professional installer will come to your home and clearly explain your choices and take measurements of your home exterior. You may also ask us to propose optional changes that might be advantageous, such as replacing gutters or other exterior renovations.

Types Of Siding

Our team is committed to selecting and installing the most beautiful and durable siding for our clients’ homes. We are certified experts with almost 20 years of experience installing high quality siding on thousands of satisfied customer’s homes.

Few would disagree that wood siding is the most attractive of home siding options. Common types of wood siding include wood planks, boards or panels, and shingles. Wood clapboard siding is one of the oldest types of house siding, and you can see its beauty on many historic homes. The main drawbacks of wood siding are its high cost and relatively high maintenance needs.

Aesthetics
Available in a wide variety of styles, textures, and finishes. Wood clapboard or beveled siding is horizontal and has overlapping joints. Wood plank or board siding is vertical and comes in board-and-batten, board-on-board, or channel-groove or tongue-and-groove styles.
Board siding also comes in a plywood version, often called T-111, which is simply exterior plywood with various face treatments and groove patterns to emulate a traditional board-and-batten design.

Characteristics

  • Fairly easy to repair but difficult to install over existing siding.
  • Requires an exterior finish, such as paint or stain.
  • Can be damaged by sun exposure, rot, and insects; subject to warping and splitting.

Cost

  • Moderate to very high.
  • Cost varies widely by type of wood species and style of siding and exterior finish.
  • T-111 is the least expensive type.

Maintenance:

Painted finishes tend to require higher maintenance and require good exterior house painting preparation. Wood siding is prone to paint problems if the home is not properly ventilated. Stained finishes usually require somewhat less maintenance than paint.

The maintenance associated with wood siding brought a desire for an alternative. Aluminum siding was the first to fit the bill and has evolved over the years into a very low-maintenance and popular siding choice for newer homes. In recent years, the availability of low-cost overseas steel has led to an emergence of steel siding. Horizontal aluminum and steel siding comes in strips that include a mounting flange at the top for nailing into and an interlocking edge along the bottom to seal against weather. Galvanized corrugated roofing also is used for siding on modern-style homes.

Aesthetics

Comes in a broad range of styles, including horizontal and vertical strips and panels as well as shingles.
Typically includes a factory-applied finish for maximum corrosion-resistance. Plain, unfinished panels are usually galvanized for corrosion protection.

Characteristics

Commonly used as "retrofit" siding and has sometimes been applied over wood siding when the desire for low maintenance has won out over aesthetics or when the wood siding is severely damaged. Durable material, but pre-finished painted finishes have been known to fade, chalk, and bleed onto brick walls often below the siding. Newer versions tend to be more color-fast than their predecessors. Available with special plastic or vinyl coatings for additional resistance to fading and weathering. Prone to denting and can be noisy.

Cost

  • Moderate

Maintenance

  • Low-maintenance
  • Plastic- or vinyl-clad aluminum siding can carry a 35-year warranty.
  • Standard pre-painted aluminum siding may be prone to chalking.
  • Denting is a common problem with aluminum or steel siding.

As the search for low-cost, low-maintenance siding continued, the next evolution after aluminum siding was the advent of vinyl siding. Like aluminum, vinyl siding comes in strips with interlocking edges. A special tool called a zip tool is used to join and separate the siding strips.

Aesthetics

Comes in a range of styles, including horizontal and vertical panels and a range of colors. Available in a variety of textures, including wood shake/shingle style.

Characteristics

Commonly used as a retrofit siding, often applied over old wood siding. Prone to cracking in cold weather if subjected to impact. Proper installation is critical, or siding will warp or buckle.

Cost

Low to moderate, usually less than aluminum siding.

Maintenance

Very low-maintenance; never needs painting, as the color is solid through the material. If cracked, siding section must be repaired or replaced.

As the search for low-cost, low-maintenance siding continued, the next evolution after aluminum siding was the advent of vinyl siding. Like aluminum, vinyl siding comes in strips with interlocking edges. A special tool called a zip tool is used to join and separate the siding strips.

Aesthetics

Comes in a range of styles, including horizontal and vertical panels and a range of colors. Available in a variety of textures, including wood shake/shingle style.

Characteristics

Commonly used as a retrofit siding, often applied over old wood siding. Prone to cracking in cold weather if subjected to impact.  Proper installation is critical, or siding will warp or buckle.

Cost

Low to moderate, usually less than aluminum siding.

Maintenance

Very low-maintenance; never needs painting, as the color is solid through the material. If cracked, siding section must be repaired or replaced.

Cement fiber siding is the latest development in a residential siding. It's durable, very low-maintenance, and made from recyclable materials, so it's resource-efficient and beautiful to boot. It cuts and installs like wood siding. Some of the major manufacturers of this product include:

  • Allura (formerly CertainTeed)
  • JamesHardie
  • Cemplank

Aesthetics

Comes the closest to emulating a natural wood grain and is virtually indistinguishable from some wood siding products. Like wood, trim and millwork pieces are also available to provide design detail for the home.

Characteristics

Comes primed or pre-finished. Available in beveled planks, shingle or shakes, and stucco-panel styles.

Cost

Moderate to high.

Maintenance

  • Extremely durable.
  • Not subject to rot or insect damage.
  • Virtually maintenance-free.
  • Warranties of 50 years is common from the major manufacturers.

We look forward to discussing your options with you!

At Rako Roofing, we do it better.