Working in Colorado’s varied climate demands high quality workmanship and the best materials. The temperature changes we experience can cause our siding that is not properly installed to warp or degrade. In some parts of the states the extreme winter cold and snow requires contractors to take extra care when selecting the materials and techniques they will use on a given building. Conversely, the extreme heat experienced in the high desert planes and San Juan Valley require a different set of concerns to be fully understood when planning a job in these locations.
To meet all of these needs Scottish Home Improvements carries a full line of siding solutions. Please read about your various options below.
Fiber cement siding is the newest, and in our opinion, the best type of siding on the market today. It is durable, low maintenance, and a certified green product. Whether you living the mountains, the city, or the plains, fiber cement siding should be examined as an option for your siding needs. Scottish Home Improvements is a preferred provider of James Hardie® Siding for the State of Colorado.
Fiber cement siding is better than vinyl or aluminum at emulating natural wood grain. In some cases it is visually indistinguishable from certain types of wood siding. Great detail work can be achieved with fiber cement siding, including trim detail.
Fiber cement siding is durable in all weather conditions.
It it is finished and installed like wood siding but generally comes primed or prefinished.
Wood rot, insect damage, and maintenance headaches are not issues for fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is woodpecker proof. For homes in the mountains with possible fire danger, fiber cement siding is the ideal choice because it is non combustible. In many cases where forest fires have occurred, the only homes left standing are those with fiber cement siding.
Fiber cement siding is a medium priced product, but the lifetime costs once installation is complete is very minimal, with painting required very infrequently.
Fiber cement siding is almost maintenance free. James Hardie® offers a 30 year limited, transferable warranty and a 15 year warranty on the paint finish. No preparation work is normally required before repainting fiber cement siding as the material is non expansive and does not hold water. Therefore the paint does not flake or crack.
Vinyl siding is a low cost, low maintenance siding solution. Resulting from a frustration with wood and metal sidings vinyl was developed in the 1960’s. Throughout Colorado vinyl siding is an inexpensive choice to cover your home, garage, or other outbuildings. At Scottish Home Improvements we install a large volume of vinyl siding, but generally recommend that your home value not does not exceed $250,000 when considering this option. The resale value of more expensive homes can be impacted by vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding comes in a number of shapes, colors, and textures. While it can be made to emulate wood or fiber cement siding in color and texture, it is sometimes also used in more outlandish manners and in a range of colors.
Vinyl siding has absolutely no maintenance and is very energy efficient.
Vinyls siding is often installed over damaged wood siding. While acceptable, this must be done with extreme care. If moisture is trapped below the vinyl the wood can rot causing damage and defeating the whole purpose of the siding.
Vinyl can crack when impacted in cold weather. Extreme cold can cause it to become brittle and in some cases shatter. This makes it less than ideal for most of the Colorado mountains.
Installation is very important for vinyl siding. If not properly installed it can warp and buckle.
Vinyl generally costs less than other forms of siding and is a good choice for those on a budget.
The maintenance concerns with vinyl siding are limited.
Fading can occur in the harsh Colorado sun.
Cracks can also occur requiring that the siding be repaired or replaced.
Wood is the original siding material for homes. Colorado buildings that weren’t built of brick were originally covered in wooden siding. You can still see many of these historic homes throughout the state. From the beautiful Victorian designs of Silverton and Glenwood Springs to the vintage homes in downtown Golden and even the occasional original building in Denver, well maintained wooden siding certainly stands the test of time.
This maintenance however can be time consuming and require hours of sanding, scraping, caulking, priming, and painting. This amount of work is often the reason consumers choose to switch to vinyl or cement siding. Many times however much of the original beauty and character of the home is also lost in the switch.
Wood siding comes in a variety of shapes and textures and can obviously be painted any color desired.
Beveled or clapboard siding is built on overlapping joints.
Plywood siding called T-111 is many times used as an alternative to true wood grain siding.
While wood siding is easy to repair it is difficult to install over other types of siding.
While generally considered most beautiful, wood requires the extra step if painting or staining once installed.
Rot, warping, splitting, woodpeckers and insects can potentially damage wood siding. Fire danger in wood rural Colorado is always a major concern for those who choose wood siding.
Price can vary greatly depending on wood types, cuts, and finishes.
Generally speaking, wood siding will be the most expensive of all residing products.
Maintenance costs should be figured into the lifetime price.
Significant amounts of work are necessary to prepare wood siding for standard maintenance.
Homes that are not well ventilated can cause problems for siding.
A lower maintenance option is to stain the wood.
Scottish Home Improvements installs many forms of steel siding and also carries out steel siding repair and replacement projects across Colorado. If you are looking for repair or replacement work we are an excellent choice and if you have specific needs we may advise you to consider this option, but for the average home owner, we would generally suggest one of your other options.