Choosing Siding: Vinyl, LP Smartside, and Steel

When you’re picking materials for your siding, the choices can be overwhelming. What is right for your home, the climate of Minneapolis, and your neighborhood? With so many options, and so many recommendations from everyone in your life, how can you know you’re making the best possible decision? The truth is, there is no absolute right answer, just the best answer for your circumstances. And the only way to make a choice is to have as much information as possible. So let’s take a closer look at the high level differences between popular siding materials to help you make a better informed decision.


Vinyl Siding

This siding option is produced from plastics and is intended to mimic other forms of siding such as clapboard, shake, or shingles. It’s durable, weatherproof, and if installed correctly, can last for 20 to 40 years.

This is an engineered material, which makes it less expensive than natural materials that often don’t last as long. It’s intended to expand and contract with the normal weathering patterns of your home and climate. And because of the manufactured nature of the material, it is available in a variety of styles and colors that can fit your neighborhood and personal tastes.


LP Smartside

For something that looks a little more natural like wood but still has the great benefits of a manufactured product, LP Smartside is an alternative. It has the durability of treated wood but still an engineered product. It’s intended to withstand the harsh weather of a northern climate, like Minnesota, and be resistant to termites and mold.

The product is designed to look like cedar wood and its durability means that it can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Your LP Smartside will need to be cleaned frequently but you’ll need to avoid using a pressure washer. The material can crack, but it can be repaired and maintain its lifespan.


Steel Siding

Another product that is getting a lot of press lately is steel siding. Often seen as roofing materials, more homeowners and builders are choosing to use these materials on the exterior of residential homes. But be aware that the same steel materials designed for roofing, such as standing seam, is inefficient for a vertical installation. Using materials specifically created to be siding is the only way to go.

Metal siding can be made from aluminum or steel, but steel will be far more durable in a climate like the Twin Cities where harsh winter weather is a major concern. But steel siding is durable, low maintenance, and even fire resistant. Many steel siding manufacturers offer 50 year warranties. It tends to be more expensive to install, but the investment can be worth it in the long run.

Contact Core Exteriors today for all your siding needs.


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