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Not All Siding In The St. Paul Area Is Created Equally…

You Need Siding That Is The Best Solution For You And Your Home—
Not Your Contractor's Wallet.

Siding Comparisons

Currently, there are 12 general categories of siding in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to choose from. Add in the number of styles, colors, and options and your choices quickly become overwhelming. So how do you know what is the best siding for you? That's really the $64,000 question. The short answer is that it depends. Beware any contractor that shows up and offers you only one choice.

Unlike many other home remodelers, we don't just carry a single type of siding and claim that it’s the best and the perfect solution for your needs. The only thing perfect about that situation is how perfectly it lines the contractor's wallet.

Instead, we perform a thorough needs analysis – including your budget, environmental concerns, energy efficiency needs and more. Then we also look at your home – including weather patterns, exposure patterns, and even your drainage and roof runoff. Why? Because each and every one of those items can be the determining factor when it comes to deciding on what type of siding to use. Get a lot of hail? Stay away from metal or aluminum siding that is easily dented and easily shows damage. Lots of moisture? Steel siding may not be the best options – any little scratch in the protective coating and you could start having rust problems. Wood? Looks amazing but requires constant maintenance.

Then there are the issues of the lifetime cost of ownership. Depending on the type of siding you choose – your overall cost could be astronomical. So maybe it's best to spend a little more upfront and save thousands over the life of your home. Just take a look at this chart of the three most common types of siding in the Minneapolis area:

Siding Comparisons

Then there are color and aesthetic considerations as well as any environmental or energy efficiency concerns you may have. It could take us forever to go over all of your options but here is a brief breakdown of your choices.

Siding Types

Bottom Line: Call EZ Home Solutions today and let us educate you on your options. Because no one is going to do more, work harder, or give you more value for your money than we will. Don't trust your home, your family, or your wallet to anyone else.

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Metal Siding

Strengths

  • Complete soffit and trim packages using aluminum or steel siding are available to offer a cohesive and completed look from the curb Difficult to paint unless the siding has a paint-compatible PVC coating
  • Available in various styles, some which mimic the look of wood
  • Low maintenance if installed in non-corrosive environments
  • Fire Resistant
  • Seamless installation (Steel only)
  • Eco-friendly if made from recycled steel
  • Durable

Weaknesses
  • Aluminum siding can dent while steel can rust. This type of siding is not recommended in high moisture areas or areas prone to hail storms.
  • Colors may fade
  • Can dent if struck or rust if scratched, depending upon the type of metal selected
  • May bend or warp if not installed properly Not suitable in salt air environments

Wood Siding

Strengths

  • Offers long life with vigilant maintenance
  • Natural looking
  • Can be painted or stained any color
  • Eco-friendly
  • Multiple styles available, including; clapboard, shakes, shingles and vertical boards

Weaknesses
  • Requires paint and stain frequently
  • Flammable unless treated with flame- retardant
  • Susceptible to rot, insects and other forms of decay
  • More overall maintenance required compared to other forms of siding
  • Can be more expensive depending on the type of wood and labor required for installation

Engineered Wood Siding

Strengths

  • Relatively low cost
  • Eco-friendly
  • Dimensionally stable

Weaknesses
  • Requires regular painting and sealing
  • Regular maintenance is essential to avoid
  • deterioration and product separation
  • Because grain textures are uniform throughout each piece, engineered wood has a less convincing appearance of real wood
  • Engineered wood siding combines wood materials with glue to form boards and panels. While it offers dimensional stability and strength, engineered wood isn’t maintenance free and must be protected from exposure to the elements.

Vinyl Siding

Strengths

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Lowest installed cost of any exterior
  • cladding. High rate of return on investment
  • Virtually maintenance free, never requires painting, sealing or caulking
  • Available in a wide spectrum of siding colors resistant to UV fade
  • Available in multiple profiles that mimic the natural look of wood siding, including lap boards, beaded, board and batten, shakes, shingles scallops, fish scales, half clove, hexagon, and more
  • Not susceptible to rot or insect damage
  • Complete vinyl soffit and architectural trim elements are available to offer a cohesive and designer look
  • Can be used with multiple architectural styles
  • Usually backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Only exterior cladding with both a third-party product certification and certified installer program
  • Outperforms most exterior cladding, including brick, in almost all life cycle states for environmental and economic performance

Weaknesses
  • Some of the more inexpensive brands use cheaper manufacturing process – may be susceptible to fading in harsh light conditions
  • May not offer darker colors in wider profiles, but improving with technological advances
  • Should be power-washed yearly to maintain color brilliance. Contrary to what many "salespeople" would like to tell you – there is no such thing as a truly "maintenance free" siding product. Click Here to find the solution that we recommend.

Stucco Siding

Strengths

  • Durable and long lasting aside from repairing cracks
  • May be tinted at time of installation eliminating the need to paint
  • Fire and insect resistant
  • Provides flexibility to complex architectural design

Weaknesses
  • Possibility of cracks developing over time as the home expands, contracts and settles
  • Some synthetic stucco systems can cause moisture problems on the underlying structure if improperly constructed
  • Requires professional and experienced installation
  • Requires regular painting
  • Usually limited to certain architectural styles
  • Stucco systems are a bit tricky and need to be installed by experienced technicians with sufficient inspections to ensure proper installation and moisture management, or significant problems can arise.

Fiber Cement Siding

Strengths

  • Does not rot and resists insects and pests, determined to be less absorptive.
  • Visual similarity to real wood in a range of styles such as shakes and lap siding
  • Does not expand/contract to the degree of real wood
  • Accepts paint well
  • Fire Resistant
  • Available both primed and pre-painted

Weaknesses
  • More expensive than vinyl products
  • Pre-painted fiber cement siding is more
  • expensive than primed unpainted
  • Very heavy and can add thousands of pounds to a typical house
  • Limited product warranty and usually pro- rated. To be warranted manufacturer usually requires removal of existing siding
  • Seams require caulking and periodic re- caulking to prevent water damage
  • If the finish is not maintained, it can absorb moisture, crumble and delaminate
  • Over time, nails can loosen, and panels may lift away from the wall
  • May require special cutting tools and respirators to prevent inhaling toxic silica dust.
  • Limited insulation properties or R-Value

Cedar Shingles Siding

Strengths

  • Offers long life
  • Natural looking
  • Can be painted or stained any color; though staining is recommended to reduce peeling
  • Eco-friendly

Weaknesses
  • Requires stain or paint, or can be left to weather naturally, which reduces the lifespan
  • Flammable unless treated with flame- retardant
  • Susceptible to rot, insects and other forms of decay, though not at the same rate as regular wood siding
  • Can be more expensive due to materials and labor required for installation and ongoing maintenance
  • Limited insulation properties or R-Value Usually limited to certain architectural styles

Polymer Shake And Shingle Siding

Strengths

  • Thick and durable product
  • High rate of return on investment
  • Virtually maintenance free, never requires painting, sealing or caulking
  • Available in a wide spectrum of siding colors resistant to UV fade
  • Not susceptible to rot or insect damage
  • Gutters and cedar-grain texture replicate the look of real cedar shingles. Look for random and textured gutters for true authenticity.
  • Usually backed by a lifetime warranty

Weaknesses
  • Not paintable if you want to change your color down the road.

Brick And Stone Siding

Strengths

  • Very durable
  • No need for painting or staining
  • Available in a variety of decorative styles and colors
  • Fire resistant
  • Rot and insect-resistant Requires structural foundation support due to significant weight

Weaknesses
  • Requires structural foundation support due to significant weight
  • Requires professional installation/ construction
  • Mortar joints can deteriorate over time and require maintenance
  • Costly

Brick And Stone Veneer Siding

Strengths

  • Durability comparable to real brick and stone at lesser cost
  • No painting or stain required
  • Many decorative styles and color combinations to choose from
  • Fire resistant
  • Rot and insect-proof
  • Does not require additional structural support as real brick/stone
  • Available in real (thin veneer) and composite varieties

Weaknesses
  • Installation is more DIY-friendly than full brick/stone but tackling a large job might be better reserved for professionals
  • Some maintenance may be required at mortar joint over time
  • Not recommended to be used on surfaces with running water
  • May have poor R-value

Insulated Vinyl Siding

Strengths

  • Helps increase the exteriors wall’s R-value
  • Provides continuous insulation over the studs of a home, reducing thermal bridging and heat loss
  • Can hide subtle bows and dips present on most walls
  • Due to its ability to reduce thermal bridging, insulated siding has been added to the checklist under Energy Star Qualified Homes Version 3
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Virtually maintenance free, never requires painting, sealing or caulking
  • Available in a wide spectrum of siding colors resistant to UV fade
  • Not susceptible to rot or insect damage
  • Complete vinyl soffit and architectural trim elements are available to offer a cohesive and designer look
  • Can be used with multiple architectural styles Usually backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Only exterior cladding with both a third-party product certification and certified installer program

Weaknesses
  • May not offer darker colors in wider profiles; but constantly improving with technological advances