Questions Answered About Home Exterior Siding

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Are you considering replacing your home exterior siding? We’ve got your questions answered! It’s a huge project emotionally and financially. That said, our brick&batten experts have some advice to help you make an informed decision before you go ripping off your home’s cladding.

Question 1 //  Do I really need new siding?

An option to be considered is repairing your existing siding.  If you’re looking at simple cracks or minor weather damage, replacing may be overkill! However, water has a tendency to find its way into the smallest of cracks, creating more damage and rot.  If that’s the case, replacing is definitely your best option.


Question 2 //   I think I need new siding, when is the weather the best to replace?

When you’re ready to replace your siding, weather is an important factor is getting the job done correctly.  Extreme heat and cold temperatures aren’t best and spring showers may cause moisture issues; therefore, look for days of moderate weather.  Fall temperatures and conditions seem to work well.


Question 3 //  Will insurance pay for my siding replacement?

Insurance should always be considered before replacing house siding.  It doesn’t hurt to contact your insurance, especially if you’ve noticed cracks or damage in the siding.  If it is storm damage, that’s a bonus because many times insurance will pick up the cost to replace to repair!  

Holes in exterior wall siding from hail damage


Question 4 //  Is this a DIY project or should I hire a professional?

Siding replacement is NOT a DIY project unless you are contracted to do so.  A professional will get the job done right, which will save you money in the long run.  Also, their work is usually insured, so if it’s not done correctly it can be redone at no cost to you.  


Question 5 //  Are there different options for siding material and budget?

YES!  We have had great luck with James Hardie siding at brick&batten; however, there are other options, including: Exterior Portfolio and American Dream Edge.  There are options for different home styles and budgets. Possibilities are endless with cedar, smooth, colonial, vertical, horizontal, shingle, etc. Consult the experts for a decision that suits your needs and the longevity of your home.

Hardieplank Smooth Siding

Hardieshingle Straight Edge Siding

Hardiepanel Vertical Siding


Question 6 //  What is the difference between vinyl siding and fiber cement siding?

Vinyl siding is more susceptible to weather elements.  It expands and contracts due to moisture build up.  It’s less expensive; therefore appears attractive at first inspection.  That said, fiber cement siding is in it for the long haul if maintained.  It’s designed from fiber cement to ensure climate resistance and wood-boring insects, birds, and other critters can’t find a home inside. Fiber cement also has a more natural look in mimicking real wood.


Question 7 //  When I google fiber cement siding it says “hardieplank.” Is there a difference? 

No.   James Hardie is a popular manufacturer of fiber cement siding.  Sometimes siding is referred to as hardieplank because of this.


Overall, at brick&batten we opt for simple easy changes. 

Our first recommendation is always defining the siding problem and really analyze if your siding needs to be repaired or replaced.  

Second, if you decide to replace, get a contractor to find what caused the problem with the siding… could it be weather? 

Next, if you suspect the problems are weather related, get your insurance company involved.

Finally, reach out to brick&batten.  Let us take the guesswork out of your choices by selecting the correct color and style for your home, giving you the ability to make informed decisions before having your siding repaired or replaced.