Home Siding Options: Your Top Choices

Published May 29, 2015
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Siding typically covers 70% or more of your home’s exterior. Which type is right for your house? In this blog, we’ll cover the top home siding options. Summer is a great time to make changes to your home’s exterior, and siding is a durable, beautiful way to upgrade exterior walls.

Fiber Cement Home Siding Options

Fiber-cement siding is our #1 choice. It’s low on maintenance and high on versatility, so you can choose from a large range of styles and colors with pre-finished options. Whether a home is Victorian, cottage-style, modern, or any architectural leaning in between, we can guide you through selecting a James Hardie siding that’s a perfect match. Benefits:

  • rot-resistant to combat the damp Seattle climate
  • five times thicker than typical vinyl siding for extra durability
  • non-combustible to prevent fire damage, unlike wood or vinyl
  • extends the lifespan of paint by approximately 3-4 times longer than wood

Traditional Cedar

Our second top choice for home siding options, cedar siding is a natural pick. We install #1 grade, “tight knot” cedar with minimized knots and a coating on the backside, making it strong and sleek. “Clear” cedar siding is another option. While tight knot cedar has minimal knots, clear contains none. Clear is considered a high lumber grade, lending exceptional quality. Benefits:

  • ages well, even in Pacific Northwest weather
  • provides a nature-inspired, traditional exterior look
  • available in stain- or paint-grade for customization

Low-Maintenance Vinyl

Vinyl is a popular siding solution that’s received innovative changes throughout the years, including increased energy savings and foam backing insulation. Vinyl siding’s low-maintenance qualities make it great for busy homeowners who don’t want to spend extra time and money maintaining their house. Benefits:

  • comes in a wide array of shades and styles
  • doesn’t need painting
  • more affordable than wood

Which Type of Siding Is Right For You?

We offer free home consultations and estimates so you get a customized answer on which siding fits your needs. A couple things to consider: maintenance, cost, and appearance. How much you want to maintain siding, how you expect your home to look (or if you are trying to match a specific or historic style), and what your budget is will help us determine siding material. Lake Washington Windows chooses only trusted siding manufacturers for our customers. We have partnered with and install James Hardie siding, the #1 brand in the siding industry. Get inspired with our siding styles gallery and then call Lake Washington Windows at 877-773-2771 to talk with a siding pro. Lake Washington Windows & Doors is a licensed general contractor specializing in replacement window products. Our service area extends throughout the Greater Seattle area, including Bellevue, Issaquah, Kent, Renton, Woodinville and more. The professional team at Lake Washington Windows has more than 100 combined years of window, door and siding experience, so you can rest assured that we can recommend the best solution for your home and budget.

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