Chicago is the Windy City. It’s also rainy, sunny, snowy, humid and prone to other extreme weather conditions, including hail. Homeowners in Chicagoland who are considering replacing siding should always take their local weather forecast into account.
Vinyl siding is a popular option for wood homes beginning to show their age. With an appearance and grain similar to wood, it’s a good low-maintenance, fairly durable choice for people on a tight budget. In Chicagoland it’s used primarily on single-family homes priced up to $250,000.
Many Chicagoland homeowners who want to retain the aesthetic charm or historical accuracy of their homes prefer natural cedar siding. It can last the life of the home but requires maintenance and as a natural product it is more prone to problems such as wood rot and bug infestations.
As a siding option, steel is known for its durability. While it can sometimes be dented, it is otherwise nearly indestructible – more so than vinyl, which can often be damaged by hail, and wood, which can have problems with insects. Metal is also water proof and fire resistant.
Longboard siding provides the rustic look of wood, even though it is made from aluminum. Durable to the elements and maintenance free, the material does not warp or peel, and doesn’t require touch up painting.
Versetta Stone Siding
Elegant and beautiful, Versetta Stone siding is also very durable, with a 50-year limited warranty and one-time transferability. You also don’t need to coat, paint or seal this siding product.
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
Composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber, James Hardie fiber-cement siding is one of the premier siding products on the market, best able to withstand Chicagoland extreme weather conditions, including wind, rain, snow, ice, hail, and sun.
James Hardie is the country’s top-rated and top-selling brand of siding. Installed on over 5.5 million homes, its siding products combine the warmth and character of wood with the industry-leading durability and low maintenance of fiber cement. They also carry up to a 30-year limited transferable product warranty against chipping, rotting, cracking and delaminating.
James Hardie has also introduced its Artisan Exterior Design, a new architectural grade line. Artisan Accent Trim and Artisan Lap Corner Detail Options serve as the perfect complements that deliver superb finishes to luxury homes.
If you want to get the best siding options for your home, contact Chicagoland and North Shore’s top-rated siding and window replacement company, the Siding and Windows Group, for a free siding consultation.