Allendorfer Roofing Company has been siding homes in Chicago and surrounding suburbs for many years. Times have changed and so have the materials of siding. No longer is masonite, asbestos and composite fiber, soft siding used. Today the choices consist of aluminum, vinyl, cement board and cedar or redwood. Our highly trained installers can transform your house into an eco-friendly, beautiful home.
Choosing the Right Type of Siding
The first step to a successful siding project is determining the best material and installation for your needs. The most common types of siding materials for residential structures are:
Wood siding is the most widely used form of residential siding. Wood offers the greatest variety in form, coming in large panels, shingles or individually horizontal boards. Because wood is porous, absorbing and giving off moisture, you must properly maintain wood siding to prevent deterioration. The following wood siding styles are available:
- Wood panel sidings are made of plywood or hardboard, which is constructed of heat-processed wood pulp pressed into sheets. Panels are normally 4’ by 8’, 4’ by 9’, and 4’ by 10’ Plywood siding styles include smooth and rough finishes. Hardboard offers greater variety, including embossed sheets that resemble shingles.
- Boards or solid wood siding, both horizontal and vertical has a breadth of styles including vertical board-and-batten; bevel or bungalow; drop tongue and groove; or shiplap.
- Shingle sidings are ideal if you are looking to achieve a rustic look.
Easily adaptable to a wide range of architectural styles, vinyl siding is available in either wide or narrow horizontal board siding and comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. Vinyl siding provides long-term durability and low maintenance.
Cement fiber siding has the look of natural cedar siding and is available in a variety of colors. It is extremely durable and will not crack, rot or delaminate. Cement fiber siding also resists hail, mold, and mildew. Paint lasts longer on cement fiber siding compared to most wood siding. Most manufacturers back their product with a fifty-year material warranty. Depending on the product’s finish, a ten or fifteen-year paint warranty also is available.
All siding applications can receive insulation of varying thicknesses and housewrap. All trim and flashing is included with all installations.