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Siding or cladding as it is sometimes called, comes in a wide variety of materials. Materials include: natural materials such as stone, brick and wood. There is also an extensive list of man-made materials used to side our homes including steel, aluminum, fiber cement, engineered wood and vinyl to name few. When choosing the right kind or kinds of materials that are right for your home there are a few things you should consider: budget, ease of maintenance and aesthetic appeal. Here are a few pros and cons to the above mentioned materials.
Natural Materials Brick/stone:
Has an excellent life expectancy of 100+ years. It is fairly low maintenance, requiring regular upkeep to the softer mortar joints throughout its lifetime. Its major draw back is price. Brick and stone is one the most costly cladding in today’s market due to its labor intensive installation process.
Wood: Many consider natural wood siding to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the claddings in the market. Many of the man-made claddings strive to imitate its look. It is very easy to spot repair if needed, however has many draw backs to consider. Wood is the highest maintenance cladding in the market, requiring paint or stain every 4-9 yrs, it is also susceptible to ants, termites and wood peckers. Wood cladding and install is priced mid to high depending on the species and style.
Man Made Materials
Steel/aluminum: Has a long life expectancy of 50+ yrs. Is low maintenance, comes prefinished in select colors. Will require painting around every 20yrs or so. Metal siding is unrepairable, and difficult to spot replace damaged panels. Metal siding is very susceptible to dings and dents from hail or anything that comes in contact with it. It is priced moderate to fairly high due to current market values of raw metal materials.
Fiber cement composite:
Most brands come with a 30 yr warranty and an optional paint warranty if the product comes prefinished from the factory. Fiber cement has a more natural and realistic wood look. It comes in a variety of different board sizes similar to wood. It is fire retardant and a good natural insulator. However it is difficult to install and requires specialty cutting tools to reduce dust. Fiber cement is one of the more expensive products to install and usually costs more than natural wood cladding.
Has a 50yr product warranty and an optional paint warranty if the product comes prefinished from the factory. Engineered wood products have a more natural and realistic wood look, it like fiber cement also comes in a variety of different board sizes similar to wood. Engineered wood installs just like natural wood. It is priced comparable to natural wood cladding combined with the price of painting or staining.
Has a 50+ year warranty and comes in preselected colors. Vinyl is low to no maintenance, requiring an occasional power washing if desired. It is easy to install and the least expensive of all the claddings on the market. The drawback to vinyl siding is despite its best effort to look like natural wood siding, it looks least like it compared to all the other man-made claddings. It also requires a good water resistant underlayment because vinyl allows significant water penetration behind vinyl cladding.
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Check out our gallery of residential and commercial siding projects throughout the SE Wisconsin area below.
U-Haul Commercial Siding and Exterior Renovation This once, all brick building was used by Milwaukee's own Grede Foundries. It's since been bought by the Uhaul Corporation and has been re-purposed for storage units. When JM first got a look at the building, half of its walls were already cladded in steel paneling on the visible [...]
American Colonial Exterior Project - NARI WRA Gold Winner This early/mid century American colonial home has undergone several expansion addition builds in its lifetime. The entire house was cladded with 6” cedar lap siding and wood trim to all around. For the homeowners, painting was becoming a losing proposition due to age of the wood [...]
JM Remodeling Wins 6 Awards at the 2013 Milwaukee/NARI Wisconsin Remodelers Awards. The 2013 Milwaukee/NARI Wisconsin Remodelers Awards were held on January 17th and JM Remodeling walked away with a record (for us) 6 awards! The Awards we received, including 3 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze, are shown below. We want to say thank [...]
JM Remodeling is working on a major commercial siding project on a familiar building on the cities near South Side. One of JM Remodeling's biggest strengths is that we are able to tackle nearly any project major or minor. Our project at the U-Haul building at 1500 S 1st Street definitely qualifies as a major [...]
Historic Mansion Restoration - Complete This turn of the century mansion located in the heart of the downtown historical district of Mukwonago, over time, has become a shell of its former grandeur. This was a showcase home, built and lived in by a very popular builder of his era within the area. This particular home was [...]
Custom Trellis The years of weather had taken its toll on the exterior of this office building. A law office located in the heart of down-town Racine, the front of this building was in dire need of a makeover. The rotted wood compromised the structure of the trellis and the overall look was dated. Using [...]
Premium Vinyl Siding - Brown Deer Our customer came to us with this project because he was tired of painting his all wood-sided ranch style house. Imagine going to the hardware store, buying all that paint, and spending a few weekends in a row going up and down on a ladder, scraping, sanding and painting the [...]
New Commercial Siding - Melk Music Milwaukee One of JM Remodeling's long term clients, Melk Music in Milwaukee, contacted us due to the condition of the exterior masonry/bricks on the front of the building. Being in bad shape, the client was interested in having this issue repaired while simultaneously updating the look of the front. [...]
Commercial Rubber Roof - Milwaukee East Side The East Side of Milwaukee is home to many business and even more esidents. This popular East Side strip Mall was in need of some TCL. As you can see in the before photos below, the existing paint was badly peeling and made the building look very dated. [...]
Customer contacted JM Remodeling due to storm damage, a tree crushed existing framework of house. JM Remodeling performed extensive structural repair including: roof rafters, fascia and soffit. During the first meeting JM Remodeling discovered mold in the entire attic. JM Remodeling performed mold abatement and installed proper intake venting for soffit creating the proper ventilation [...]