A Buyer’s Guide to Exterior Siding

All States Home Improvement can wrap your home in beautiful, durable vinyl or fiber cement James Hardie siding, increasing the value of your home and helping to lower your monthly energy costs. For 30 years we’ve been working with local homeowners to choose a siding color and style that best suits their home and then installing that siding with the precision only a factory-trained expert can achieve. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of the factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time.

Choosing between the different siding options can be a stressful process. It’s a big investment into your home and you want to evaluate each option to determine what is best for you. To help you along your home improvement process we have laid out the different siding options and their pros and cons. To find the best option for your needs, weigh the benefits of each to your unique expectations.

Vinyl siding for your home

With Vinyl siding you’ll choose from a wide selection of vibrant colors, colors that won’t fade over time and do not require scraping and repainting. The low maintenance of vinyl siding is just part of what sets it apart from metal or wooden siding. Vinyl siding is far more energy-efficient and durable than either wood or metal. It is also easier to install, which makes for quick and easy projects. Vinyl is a budget friendly option that is low in both material and installation cost. Vinyl or composite siding is the most popular option in America today. It lasts an average of 30 years depending on the elements and it’s easy to clean. All States recommends their composite siding with contour foam that holds up better in our Kansas weather than traditional vinyl siding.

Fiber cement siding for Wichita, Kansas area houses

We install top of the line James Hardie® Siding in Wichita and the surrounding areas. James Hardie® is the nation’s leading producer of quality fiber cement siding . Their commitment to innovation in both manufacturing and installation has made them the fastest growing choice for siding in America, covering more than 6 million homes throughout the country.

It is exceptionally durable, resisting damage from hailstorms and other inclement weather. It doesn’t crack, rot, grow mold or mildew, or expand or contract during fluctuating temperatures. It is virtually maintenance free and holds paint beautifully. Fiber cement siding typically lasts up to 50 years if it is properly installed. James Hardie fiber cement siding is the highest quality brand of siding available.

For a natural look for your home consider wood siding

Wood siding is a good option if you want that natural wood finish on your home, cabin, or barn. Keep in mind that the installation and material costs are relatively high. Wood siding has a decently involved installation process – it is not a quick project. The cost may vary depending on the type of wood you select for your home. Wood must be regularly maintained or else you could experience insect or water damage quickly after getting it installed.

Metal siding is a good option for industrial-style buildings

If you’re wanting an industrial look for your home – metal siding could be for you. It’s very low maintenance, you’re less likely to experience mold or fungus growth, and it repels insects. Metal siding generally is on the more expensive end when shopping for siding options. It’s also more prone to dents and damage from hail or severe weather and replacing a damaged panel can be very tricky and expensive.

Hopefully this buyer’s guide can help you in the right direction for finding the best siding for your unique preferences. Our team of experts are here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 316-413-2886 for an in-home consultation to discuss the best siding options for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions: Siding

You have questions; we have answers! Read on to find the answers to some of our customers’ most common questions about new siding.

How often should I replace my siding?

The answer to this question varies drastically depending on your siding material. Vinyl or Composite siding is made to last 30 years or longer, while Fiber Cement siding can last up to 50 years or longer.

How do I know if I need new siding?

Here’s what to look for when determining whether you’re due for replacement siding:

  • Rot, even if it’s minimal. Don’t wait to replace your siding at the first sign of decay! The damage will only get worse if it goes untreated.
  • Warped panels, leaving your home exposed to the elements. Warping could be the result of shoddy installation, or it may naturally appear over time. Either way, warped panels can lead to water damage, so they should be addressed immediately.
  • Discoloration due to sun-fading. If your siding requires regular painting, now is a great time to upgrade to vinyl siding! Because the color is baked into each panel, you will never have to paint vinyl siding, requiring minimal maintenance.
  • Cracks or chips on multiple panels. While minor damage on a single panel can be repaired, it comes time to replace your siding when it appears across your entire home’s facade.
  • Homes built in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s were often built with Masonite wood or hardboard siding – which is susceptible to rot, termites, and water damage. Masonite siding was phased out in March of 2001 as the result of a lawsuit.  Homes with Masonite siding are strongly encouraged to opt for replacement siding of composite, vinyl, or fiber cement options.

What siding material is best?

There are pros and cons to all siding materials. To find the best option for your needs, weigh the benefits of each to your unique expectations.

Benefits of Vinyl or Composite Siding Include:

  • Most popular option in America today
  • Affordable and low maintenance
  • Does not require painting
  • Vinyl Siding lasts an average of 30 years depending on the elements.
  • Simple cleanup with a garden hose
  • All States recommends their composite siding with contour foam that holds up better in our Kansas weather than traditional vinyl siding.

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding Include:

  • Resists cracks and warping
  • Equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice
  • Fiber cement siding typically lasts up to 50 years if it is properly installed.
  • James Hardie fiber cement siding is the highest quality brand of siding available. It will not rot, crack, warp, or swell, and is hail & fire resistant – so you may even get a discount on your homeowners’ insurance.

Read: Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Which is Best for You?

How much will new siding cost?

As with many home improvement projects, the price will vary greatly depending on the size of the job and the type of materials used. The best way to answer this question is to contact us for a consultation. Our team will evaluate your homes’ needs, go over siding options and offer solutions to fit your budget. We also offer financing options with payments starting at $98/month.

What color siding should I choose?

The color of your siding will have a significant impact on the personality of your home. Whether you live in a highly regulated community with strict HOA guidelines or a quirky neighborhood with colorful houses, our design experts can help you select the perfect hue to match your preferred aesthetic.  If you choose a composite or vinyl siding, you have a variety of colors to choose from with the color baked into the material.  If fiber cement siding is your choice, you will have endless color choices as you choose the paint for your new siding.

Read: What Color Should You Choose for Your New Siding?

What should I do to prepare for new siding?

The most important thing to do before installation specialists arrive is to remove any non-permanent items from the perimeter of your home. Security cameras will need to be removed and any ‘live’ cables attached to the home, will need to be marked. If possible, trim any bushes or trees near your home and move potted plants and lawn ornaments. To prepare the interior of your home, remove any valuable items from the walls to prevent them from being damaged or broken.

Read: New Siding Installation: What to Expect

How long will installation take?

Your installation timeline will depend on the size of your home and the siding material of choice. However, our skilled team often finishes siding installation in 2 to 5 days.

Call All States Home Improvement for a FREE Estimate on Siding

We have been installing composite and fiber cement siding in Kansas for nearly 30 years, and we have solutions to fit every budget and aesthetic. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Which is Best for You?

Your siding is the first thing people notice when looking at your home. It’s like clothes for your house. In an instant, it communicates personality and style. From the color you choose to the material it’s made from, the possibilities are endless. The process of selecting your new siding can be overwhelming, and that’s where we come in! We have been installing vinyl and fiber cement siding in Kansas for more than 25 years, and we have solutions to fit every budget and aesthetic.

At All States Home Improvement, we wrap Kansas homes in vinyl or James Hardie fiber cement siding. Both options have their own unique set of benefits and price points. Before deciding which option is best for your individual circumstances, let’s first go over the similarities and differences between vinyl and fiber cement siding.

Vinyl Siding

Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, vinyl siding is the most popular option used to adorn homes in America today. Its affordable price point and low maintenance level make it highly accessible for any homeowner. 

A primary advantage of vinyl siding is its color longevity. Unlike other siding options that are painted, the color in vinyl siding is baked in. This means the color runs through the entire piece of siding and cannot be scratched off. Therefore, vinyl siding does not have to be painted.

Affordability is another leading benefit of vinyl siding. Product costs alone make vinyl the least expensive siding option. Additionally, labor costs are lower because vinyl is quick to install.

Durability and simple upkeep round out the list of pros for vinyl. Because PVC plastic is relatively flexible, it resists cracks and chips where other, more rigid options might fall short. And since the vinyl siding surface is slick and smooth, virtually any dirt or grime buildup can be cleaned away with a simple garden hose.

The most important factor when considering vinyl siding is ensuring proper installation. Inexperienced contractors will diminish your vinyl siding’s longevity if they attach it too tightly, resulting in cracks and bulges. Our siding experts have trained for years to guarantee quality installation. All States also offers composite siding with contour foam for an insulated vinyl siding option.

Fiber Cement Siding

Manufactured with a mix of cellulose fiber, cement, and sand, fiber cement siding resists cracks and warping, and it is equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice. While fiber cement products and installation come with a higher price tag, they are built to last around 50 years. Fiber cement siding is impervious to insects and rot, and while requiring painting, most homes can make it 20 years before needing a new paint job.

There are many benefits to fiber cement siding. One reason to choose fiber cement over vinyl is its appearance. Because fiber cement siding is more than five times thicker than vinyl, it has deeper grooves, which gives it a more authentic wood-grain look. Therefore, if you have an older, traditional home with unique details, fiber cement siding would better match your chosen aesthetic. Additionally, fiber cement siding is more flame resistant than vinyl. Because vinyl is essentially plastic, it will melt in a fire, while fiber cement siding is non-combustible and ultimately better at withstanding damage.

We install the highest quality fiber cement siding available: James Hardie siding. James Hardie engineers products for different climates across the country. This innovative technology is called The HardieZone System. Why is it ideal to have siding designed for the Kansas climate? HardieZone means your home will be equipped with HZ5 siding that withstands freezing temperatures and extreme seasonal temperature variations, which we know sums Kansas weather up to a tee! Additionally, HZ5 siding has a unique surface that guarantees superior paint adhesion and improved water management. And James Hardie comes with a 30 year NON prorated warranty!

So which siding option is best for you?

Well, as you might have guessed, that’s ultimately dependent on your preferences and budget. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our design consultants. We will sit down with you and go over your individual circumstances and help you assess the options that match your budget. Stop by our local showroom to see our siding in action!

Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Siding Installation

For over 25 years, we’ve been working with Kansas homeowners to choose a siding color and style that best suits their home. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time.

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