What Are My Siding Options

Living in Colorado offers plenty of variety when it comes to weather conditions. Because of the extreme temperature changes, the siding on your house can warp and become brittle, especially if not installed properly.

Planning for these variables but still providing the best low-maintenance siding is what every homeowner hopes for when they hiring a contractor to do the job. Not having to continually paint their residential or commercial property is a big plus, so finding the right siding solution is key.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a good option for low maintenance and low cost. It comes it a variety of colors and textures and is energy efficient. However, it can crack and become fragile in extreme cold and can fade in high temperatures.

This post offers another alternative for Colorado properties:

Wood Siding

Wood is the original siding material for homes. Colorado buildings that weren’t built of brick were originally covered in wooden siding. You can still see many of these historic homes throughout the state. From the beautiful Victorian designs of Silverton and Glenwood Springs to the vintage homes in downtown Golden and even the occasional original building in Denver, well maintained wooden siding certainly stands the test of time.

This maintenance, however, can be time-consuming and require hours of sanding, scraping, caulking, priming, and painting. This amount of work is often the reason consumers choose to switch to vinyl or cement siding. Many times however much of the original beauty and character of the home is also lost in the switch.

Read more here:  Siding Choices

Fiber Cement Siding

Another great alternative for siding a Denver area home is fiber cement siding.  It can look like masonry or wood, is as tough as concrete, and is very durable.

Fiber cement needs to be painted, which is usually done before installation but can be done after it’s up. It provides minimal upkeep and is rot, fire, and termite proof. It also withstands cold weather and wind, which are part of the Rocky Mountain area climate.

Installation is similar to other siding and believe it or not…it’s quite affordable. This video shows some tips for installing this type of siding:

Painting Siding

Each type of siding has its own particular set of maintenance needs, but as with many painting projects, preparation is the most decisive factor for success. For example, when painting vinyl siding, starting with a clean surface is critical. Also, with developments in paint technology, there are options for vinyl-safe paints that won’t cause the siding to warp.

Again, with wood siding the prep is huge. If the existing siding is in good shape, the main thing you need to do is make sure it is thoroughly clean. However, if that isn’t the case, you have to remove the old paint and create a smooth surface by power washing your siding and sanding.

Here are some tips on painting fiber cement siding:

Vinyl Siding

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If improperly treated, cement-based products can be mildew magnets. A high quality exterior acrylic masonry primer such as Sherwin-Williams Loxon Masonry Primer will fortify the siding’s mildew and efflorescence resistance. Caulk at the butt joints and apply the finish coat.

When repainting fiber-cement siding, pressure clean with a minimum of 2100 psi pressure to remove all dirt, dust, grease, oil, loose particles, foreign material and defective coatings. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Scrape away any remaining peeled or checked paint, and sand those areas. Also sand any glossy surfaces to make them dull.

Unless the substrate is exposed, a primer is not required when repainting fiber cement. One coat of Duration is all that’s needed.

See the full post here:  Know Your Substrates

Any painter in Denver knows that having experience with a variety of low maintenance siding is beneficial for their clients. Each has their own set of advantages, so call today to learn what will be best for your commercial or residential property.