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Exterior Siding

Is replacing siding on your list this year? If so, we can help!

Exterior siding gives you a great way to add colour and definition to your home, and can instantly add value and curb appeal. There are lots of options these days to help you create the perfect façade and you will want to choose those carefully. While aesthetics are always important, you should also consider the material’s durability, water resistance, ease of installation, and versatility.

“From a functional point of view, siding protects your home,” says Tonya Bruin, CEO of To Do-Done. “From an architectural point of view, there’s an interest now in using a variety of materials to highlight special features on a home. For example, using Western red cedar to highlight an entry is a good way to accent your siding without having to go to a massive expense. You can mix and match types of siding as well as colours or orientation of the siding if you do it right.”

Some of the best places to get siding ideas is on Houzz or Pinterest, or even just taking a walk around your own neighbourhood. Chances are, your neighbours have similar homes to yours, and some of them, especially in older neighbourhoods, have upgraded their siding at some point. This can help you decide what you like and what you don’t like.

Some of the most popular types of siding include:

Vinyl Siding

The low cost, versatility, and easy maintenance of vinyl siding has helped it become the most popular siding choice in Canada. While some design professionals and homeowners were once turned off by the “plastic look” of some vinyl siding products, the variety of colours and styles available help explain this siding’s popularity, and the quality of the product has improved significantly recently, giving homeowners plenty of great options of the vinyl variety.

Wood Siding

Wood siding offers a rich look and is durable if maintained properly. If you are attracted to this look, keep in mind that it requires periodic maintenance (caulking and painting or staining to prevent weather damage) and is susceptible to insect or rodent attacks. Depending on maintenance, your rich wood siding can last anywhere from 15 to 100 years.

Wood siding comes in clapboard (also known as lap or bevel siding, or board and baton) as well as shakes and shingles. Clapboard siding uses planks of wood installed horizontally with an upper piece that overlaps the lower piece. Western red cedar and redwood, which are both known for being attractive and durable, are considered the best choices.

More uniform in appearance but thinner than shakes, shingles give you a smooth and consistent look. They can be cut into different shapes to add visual interest to your exterior. Some manufacturers also offer shingles treated with fire-retardant chemicals. Wood siding typically costs around $8 to $15 per square foot installed. That doesn’t include additional cost for painting or staining.

Fiber-Cement Siding

Offering the look of masonry, stucco or wood at a lower cost, fiber-cement siding has become a popular siding choice for many homeowners. Fiber-cement siding is low-maintenance, non-flammable, and termite-resistant. Available in a range of styles and textures, factory painting or finishes are highly recommended.

On the flip side, fiber-cement siding could encounter possible moisture-related problems, and older homes built before the late 1980s may have siding that contains asbestos and requires a professional abatement contractor for removal.

The average cost is $6 to $12 per square foot installed (cost is higher with trim), and the siding will last 25 to 50 years, depending on the manufacturer.

Stone and Stone-Veneer Siding

The natural beauty and durability of stones like granite and limestone are appealing to homeowners who want a siding that adds texture and visual interest to their exterior. Because stone is more expensive than other siding options — and can be difficult to add to an existing home — costs should be considered.

More lightweight and less expensive than natural stone, stone-veneer siding comes in natural and synthetic materials. There are many styles available that help enhance your home’s curb appeal. Annual cleaning with a hose and inspection of the siding helps ensure it will last the life of the house. The average cost of stone-veneer is $20 to $35 per square foot installed, and if maintained properly, can last the lifetime of the house.

The installation of new siding also involves the capping and trimming of windows and doors, and trim. When considering options, you will need to consider not only the siding itself but the colour and material of the trim and capping. Our staff at To Do-Done and our siding suppliers can help you make these decisions to improve your home.

Our non-masonry siding options include cedar/wood, Hardie Board, vinyl, and aluminum siding.

Our siding brands include:

  • Maibec
  • Mitten Vinyl
  • Fraser Wood Siding
  • Alu-Rex
  • Hardie Board
  • CanExel

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