If you're thinking of having siding installed on your Long Island Home, you can look forward to a major upgrade to your homes appearance and its curb appeal. The choices of materials and
colors are almost endless so we at Topnotch can help guide you and make the decision process a bit easier. There are lots of siding options, and each presents a mixture of cost, durability, maintenance as well as environmental responsibility.Here's is some information of the siding choices we offer for your Long Island home siding project.
Vinyl siding for your home – No maintenance just an occasional cleaning.
Vinyl siding is tough and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Modern manufacturing techniques create products that look like wood-grain lap siding, wood shingles and even stone at much less cost.
Vinyl siding is lightweight and, in many instances, can be installed directly over existing materials, so it's a good retrofit option. Because it's easy to handle, vinyl installation can be installed relatively quickly, saving labor costs.
Vinyl siding requires little to no maintenance, dirt simply washes off. Vinyl has a relatively low cost when compared to other siding materials and never needs painting.
Natural wood siding for your home – Cedar shingles and Wood clapboard
Very few building materials offer the natural charm and beauty of wood clapboard and natural cedar shingles. The traditional Long Island siding material, wood siding is the choice for a premium renovation project. Wood siding comes in many species and grades. What you choose usually depends on how you plan to finish the siding. Using a clear sealer or semi-transparent stain highlights the grain, but you'll need to select more expensive grades of wood that are free of knots and other blemishes. Choose less-expensive grades for use with paint or opaque stains. Prefinished cedar shakes offer the natural beauty of wood shingles and the almost maintenance free convenience of vinyl.
With proper maintenance, wood siding can last for generations. Many homeowners elect to let cedar age naturally, some don’t like the weathered look. Clear finishes and semi-transparent stains can be reapplied every few years. Painting can last longer but ongoing maintenance makes for a high cost of ownership for natural wood. Natural wood siding is a traditional Long Island siding choice. It's a great-looking material prized by architects, designers and homeowners for its natural beauty.
Fiber Cement – Beauty, durability and relatively maintenance free
Fiber cement siding has earned a reputation for beauty, stability and low maintenance. It's made from a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand. It comes molded to mimic wood clapboard, shingles, stucco and masonry. It readily accepts paint if desired but the most common materials feature factory-applied finishes.
Fiber-cement siding resists expanding and contracting with changes in humidity and temperature, so caulk and paint really hold up. It's fire-resistant, termite-proof and it won't rot. A 30-year warranty is the norm.
Synthetic Stone – Distinctive rich look of stone at a fraction of the cost
Synthetic stone siding is manufactured from a mixture of cement, sand and aggregate. Modern manufacturing techniques ensure that the final product looks realistic. Cultured stone is available in a variety of shapes and styles including split face, dry stacked and round river rock.
Although it's not often used to cover entire houses, it's a popular choice as an accent, covering lower portions of walls or chimney exteriors.
The look of real stone at a fraction of the cost. Lightweight, so installation doesn't require beefing up foundation footings. Synthetic stone is fire and insect resistant.