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3 Different Types of Exterior Cladding


The exterior skin or envelope of a building offers protection from the elements.  Sometimes an exterior wall’s structure provides the decorative finish, as in a brick or stone wall structure.  A wood frame or block wall require an extra layer for decorative and weatherproofing purposes.  Choosing the right materials depends on climate, personal preferences, budget, maintenance and local codes. Let’s take a look at vinyl.


1. Vinyl Siding / PVC Siding


Vinyl siding is composed of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and offers an affordable and virtually maintenance-free way to clad a home’s exterior. Vinyl siding features a range of looks, including straight and Dutch-lap, board and batten, beaded, shakes, shingles and even stone veneers. Vinyl siding also offers a great payback benefit: an exceptionally high rate of return on your investment. Complementary soffit installation or vinyl siding trim packages extend the package, creating an integrated, cohesive look. Open this link to an interactive home visualizer that will allow you to view option materials and colors.






Durable and long lasting.

• Lowest installed cost of any exterior cladding. High rate of return on investment.

Available in wide spectrum of siding colors resistant to UV fading.

Available in multiple profiles that mimic the natural look of wood siding, including lap boards, beaded, board and batten, shakes, shingle 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 style

Usually backed by a lifetime warranty

Only exterior cladding with both a third-party product certification and certified installer program

Outperforms most exterior cladding, in almost all life cycle states for environmental and economic performance.


Some vinyl siding may be susceptible to fading  in harsh light conditions and may not offer darker color in wider profiles: but improving with technological advances



2. Polymer Shake & Shingle Siding



Cedar polymer siding offers the same look of natural cedar with the affordability and ease of installation as vinyl siding. Available in a multitude of colors, polymer shingle siding requires minimal maintenance and offers a high rate of return on investment.  Can be used as an accent or whole house application.  Available in multiple profiles including perfection shingle, hand-split shake and half-rounds.



3. Insulated Vinyl Siding


Experience the newest innovation in vinyl siding. Essentials Insulated vinyl siding is tough, energy efficient and performs well in extreme weather conditions. Every Essentials Insulated vinyl siding panel has a fused foam backing, providing exceptional strength and protection against dents and other impact damage.



The insulation benefits of the foam sheathing enhance the appearance and performance of vinyl siding while helping you manage your energy costs.  Norandex Essentials insulated vinyl siding is part of the Energy Star Qualified Home Program.




We will be looking at other siding material in the future.


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Posted 2015-03-12T20:50:50+0000  by Char_HD_CHI Char_HD_CHI