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The Pros and Cons Of Vinyl Sidings

What are the pros to vinyl siding compared to Hardie Board, LP Smartside and Steel siding in a climate like Bozeman, Helena, and Great Falls?

Like most siding materials, vinyl sidings are available in good, better, and best categories. At America’s Choice, we focus on the better and best vinyl sidings so you will know what to look for, and what to expect if you side your home with vinyl siding.

The first thing that you will notice as you compare different vinyl sidings is the thickness or the weight. Vinyl siding is measured in thousandths of an inch. 0.044” is a standard thickness, and your premium vinyl sidings are a little thicker, usually 0.046” Your thinner sidings will tend to sag in the hot Montana sun, and will get brittle in the cold Montana winters.

Vinyl sidings of the past were known to fade quickly and in some cases unevenly. So you will want to look for a colorfast product. Look for a vinyl siding that has an ASTM rating typically found on the side of the box, or ask us and we can tell you.

The premium vinyl sidings of today contain titanium dioxide, and it is responsible to inhibit fading.

Look for a vinyl siding with a deep profile or a deeper wood grain pattern. This will aid in both shading and appearance. Premium grades of vinyl siding are available in a wide range of colors.

Look for a limited lifetime warranty. Your typical (cheap) vinyl sidings will carry a 10 to 25-year warranty. Your premium vinyl sidings will be backed by lifetime warranties against manufacturing defects.

If you are gathering info on other types of sidings you may want to look into Hardie Board or LP Smart Side, or steel.


What are the downsides to vinyl siding in climates like Bozeman, Helena, and Great Falls?

Maybe the most significant downside to vinyl siding is our climate here in Montana. It has been said that vinyl siding is a product for homes in a mild climate, not too hot, not too cold. Vinyl sidings tend to get brittle and crack or break in cold subzero temperatures and it will get soft and saggy in the heat. This can lead to unwanted breakage or unsightly looks on the sides of your home.


The Pros and Cons Of Steel Siding

One of the advantages of steel siding is low maintenance. Steel will require very little attention especially here in Montana where the severe winters can take their toll on exterior siding. While extreme weather conditions extreme effects on many things it will have very little effect on steel. Steel sidings will not support insects.

Another advantage to steel is fire resistance. Typically this will translate into lower insurance premiums.

Along with low maintenance, durability, and fire resistance steel sidings can be very dent-resistant. Most steel sidings are backed with limited, lifetime warranties. These warranties are usually transferrable to a new homeowner.

Siding contractors know that when they install steel they are eliminating the issues that our harsh winters bring. Steel is unaffected by extreme weather and is very low maintenance.

Again, as with vinyl, look for a product that is fade-resistant and colorfast.

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The Pros and Cons of LP Smart Side

LP Smart Side is the new high-end siding of choice in Montana.

What are the pros of LP Smartside compared to Hardie Board, Vinyl and Steel Sidings in a climate like Bozeman, Helena, ad Great Falls?

LP Smart Side is an engineered wood product and it is one of the most durable siding solutions on the market today. It offers superior resistance to rain, snow, wind, hail, mold, and insects. It is offered in many different colors and designs.

The Lap Siding has a beautiful cedar texture to boost your curb appeal. Also, Shingles and Shakes are available in both staggered and straight edges for a gorgeous textured effect.

Trim, soffits, and fascia are all coordinated to create a premium appearance. It is also available in a vertical application.

The Cons

Maintenance and installation issues are the only downside to LP Smart Side. Eventually LP Smart will need to be refreshed with a coat of paint. It will age over time. Installation requires that all cuts that expose the engineered wood need to be primed and painted to eliminate moisture damage.

Maintenance and installation issues are the only downside to LP Smart Side. Eventually LP Smart will need to be refreshed with a coat of paint. It will age over time. Installation requires that all cuts that expose the engineered wood need to be primed and painted to eliminate moisture damage.

LP Smart Side will burn if exposed to fire.

When compared to Hardie Board, LP Smart Side is a much lighter product and its hail resistance is better than the fiber cement.

LP Smart Side is considered upscale. However, it is very affordable when compared to other sidings on the market.

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The Pros and Cons Of Hardie Board

The Pros

Hardie Board lap siding is a fiber cement and probably one of the most popular siding solutions today. Its Cedarmill has a natural cedar look that can be installed with a colorfast texture, or a primed for paint texture.

Fiber cement is resistant to insects, weather, water, and fire. It may qualify you for a break on your insurance premiums.

All Hardie Board sidings are backed with a non-prorated, 30-year warranty. The trim products all carry a 15-year warranty.

The Cons

Hardie Board is heavy and it comes with regular maintenance like cleaning and painting.

Hardie Board is a lifetime investment and with the proper care, you will have one of the best looking homes on your block. It is one of the most expensive sidings on the market today but for homeowners that demand durability, it is worth the cost of installing Hardie Board.

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If you are concerned about the condition of your roofing and siding after a weather event we are you go to local roofing contractors for emergency roof repair or roof replacement. We're here to help you secure your home or business and get you back to whole. Serving Bozeman, Great Falls, and surrounding areas.

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