James Hardie and Vinyl Siding Guide
All You Need to Know for Siding Replacement in the D.C. Metro
You’re ready to get new siding! Great! This is a huge opportunity to upgrade and change the exterior of your home. Whether you’re looking for a more modern look, to get back to your home’s roots, or simply put a little more of your personality into your curb appeal, your siding is oftentimes one of the first things people notice about your home.
You have a unique opportunity to leave your mark on your home for years to come – don’t be afraid to do something new and different than you currently have. You’ll be surprised at how much you can change the way your home looks with a simple siding switch.
There are a few terms you should know:
Fascia board is the flat horizontal board along the edge of your roof. It’s responsible for holding your gutter along your roof. Vinyl fascia trim is installed on the fascia board to provide an aesthetic contrast with the siding as well as protect the fascia board from the elements
Rake board is the board that is installed along the slope of your home. The boards not only hide the seam of your siding but give your home clean lines along your roof.
Your roof overhang has multiple benefits – it shades windows to keep energy costs down, protects the side of your home and windows from rain, snow and sleet, and they help keep basements and crawl spaces dry. The overhang can be updated to complement the colors of your new siding.
New Siding Assessment Tips: How do you know if your home siding needs to be replaced.
The key to creating a unique exterior design for your home is to identify architectural details and then customize them in ways that reflect your taste and personality.
So, head outside and check out the bones of your house, its structure, how it sits on the lot, how other houses in your neighborhood look and feel. Walk around your lot at various times during the day (and during the year) to see how your house presents in different light and in different seasons. Take into consideration landscaping and plantings. And it’s good to zero in on a few design features common to nearly every type of home and look at them with a new eye.
What Are the Benefits of Replacing Your Home’s Siding?
Now that you’ve assessed your current siding, let’s examine the benefits of new home exterior siding compared to any issues you are having.
These siding benefits include but are not limited to:
- Updated look and improved curb appeal
- Increased home value
- Better energy efficiency (and lower energy bills!)
- Less maintenance, especially when it comes to repainting
- Excellent protection for your home’s structure from everything from water damage to pests
- An opportunity to repair hidden structural damage
- Peace of mind that your home looks how you want and is protected from the elements
Of course, the extent of these siding benefits depends on the type of siding you choose. Different siding materials have different strengths to consider for your home.
Many homeowners are familiar with vinyl siding because it comes in so many different colors and styles. It’s very common on houses. Vinyl siding is low maintenance and resists things like dents, mold, and fading. Vinyl siding is also great for your budget!
Natural stone veneer siding adds a classy touch to any home. It is durable without requiring much care, and homeowners love how unique it is. No two stone veneers look the same, adding a one-of-a-kind touch to your home.
- Durability — It lasts up to 50 years
- Climate-Engineered — Hardie Zone 5 is designed to withstand the climate conditions found in the DC Metro area.
- Damage Resistant Properties:
- Flame resistant
- Moisture and rot-resistant
- Hail and high wind resistance
- Resistant to UV rays and extreme temperatures
- Pest resistant (like bugs and woodpeckers)
- Enduring Color — James Hardie’s ColorPlus technology keeps its color and resists fading. And to protect your investment, it comes with a 15-year warranty that covers paint and labor and protection from peeling, cracking and chipping.
No matter what kind of siding installation you choose, your home will enjoy a fresh look and extended protection. Every home deserves these siding benefits sooner or later.
Types of Exterior Siding
In each of the home siding materials sections below, you’ll discover more about the visual aesthetic of each type – from the old-world charm of Cobblestone to the versatile and elegant vinyl siding options, to classic looking vinyl shake, you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. Use our Online Design Tool to start designing the home exterior you’ve always wanted.
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding material, seconded by Fiber Cement Siding. Vinyl siding is popular because of its durability, affordability, and versatility. Additionally, vinyl siding can add to your home’s energy efficiency. Alco offers Insulated/Fullback Siding that acts as and additional layer of insulation keeping the outside weather where it belongs- outside.
James Hardie Siding
James Hardie Fiber Cement siding, when installed properly, can withstand winds up to 130 mph, and also is designed to withstand the humidity that a Mid-Atlantic summer brings. Additionally, fiber cement siding doesn’t become brittle in cold weather and easily withstands the freeze-thaw cycle that happens frequently during Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C. winters.
Stone Siding is also known as Stone Veneer Siding, and is quickly becoming a popular option for many homeowners who want a high-end look for their home. Stone Siding offers many advantages over wood or vinyl siding, most notable of which is its fire and rot resistance. Additionally, stone siding is able to withstand many of the weather conditions here in the Mid-Atlantic.
What Kind of Siding is Best for My D.C. Metro Home?
Are you on the fence about what type of siding will suit your home exterior needs and budget best? Take our siding quiz to help you decide based on what’s most important to you.
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
James Hardie Siding
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding has just four materials: Water to dissolve wood pulp and activate the cement, Wood Pulp to improve flexibility, Portland Cement to bind the ingredients, and sand to act as a filler.
These ingredients mix to create a siding that’s rot-proof, fireproof, wind and cold resistant, termite proof… and that can give you the look of painted wood clapboard, stone or brick.
And James Hardie is the leading manufacturer of Fiber Cement Siding in the industry.
Why James Hardie Siding is the Most Popular Choice Among Homeowners
James Hardie Fiber cement siding, when installed properly, can withstand winds up to 130 mph, and also is designed to withstand the humidity that a Mid-Atlantic summer brings. Additionally, fiber cement siding doesn’t become brittle in cold weather and easily withstands the freeze-thaw cycle that happens frequently during Maryland, Virginia & DC winters.
James Hardie is designed to mimic wood siding, which is a luxury alternative. However, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding doesn’t carry many of the problems and issues that wood siding carries – like rot, termites and other wood eating insects, paint peeling and chipping.
James Hardie treats all their siding with Color Plus, a specialized process that allows them to guarantee their color stays put and won’t peel or flake.
After studying the long-term effects that different climates have on siding, we created the HardieZone® system, to ensure that you get the right product for your region. HZ5® products are made to resist wet, freezing conditions. HZ10® products protect homes from heat, humidity, blistering sun and more.
James Hardie, as a manufacturer, requires their certified installers to follow strict guidelines on how their product is prepared and installed on your home. This is for a few reasons, including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines, including PEL (permissible exposure limit) requirements for safety.
But beyond that, these guidelines ensure that your siding will meet the guarantee that James Hardie offers on its products – that it is high-quality, durable, and will last a long time on your home. By requiring that their installers meet a series of stringent requirements, they can ensure that your new siding is installed properly.
Proper James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Installation Starts With Proper Storage
Storing James Hardie Fiber Cement is the first step to ensuring that it’s installed perfectly on your home. If the siding is wet when it’s installed, it can cause shrinkage at the joints.
Additionally, we’ll transport the materials carefully to ensure they don’t break off at the edges before they’re installed – While the finished product is strong enough to protect your home from Maryland, DC & Virginia weather, the raw materials are slightly more delicate. ALCO will never install broken or damaged materials on your home.
HardiePlank® Lap Siding
James Hardie Fiber Cement Lap Siding is designed to be installed HORIZONTALLY on your home.This style is also known as clapboard siding, and the style originated long before modern technology. Formerly made of wood, craftsmen would hand-split logs into triangular shapes and install them so that they overlapped – hence the name, Lap Siding.
James Hardie Fiber Cement Lap Siding is stronger, more durable, and more rot resistant than wood siding, and is available in a wide variety of factory finish colors and styles to complement any home.
HardiePlank® Lap Siding SELECT CEDARMILL
Select Cedarmill is designed to most closely resemble natural wood siding, and comes in 18 ColorPlus® Technology colors. ColorPlus® Technology is the factory finish that allows James Hardie products to resist peeling, chipping, and fading while looking new for decades.
This type of siding looks best when you’re trying to blend your home into the natural surroundings – when you have natural landscapes around you, woods or mountain homes, or even ranch and farm houses!
DESIGN ADVICE: A great choice for historic homes, mountain chalets, woodsy retreats and ranch houses
HardiePlank® Lap Siding SMOOTH
Hardie Smooth is a more modern take that’s also available in 18 ColorPlus® Technology finishes.
This style of siding is best suited for a more modern, coastal home that’s defined by clean lines. This is perfect since Hardie siding is designed to even withstand the salt spray from the ocean!
DESIGN ADVICE: Try it on ranches or breezy coastal homes
HardiePlank® Lap Siding BEADED CEDARMILL
Similar to Select Cedarmill, Beaded Cedarmill has added character that makes your unique home stand out even more. Also available in 18 ColorPlus® Technologies, this siding is perfect for bungalows, cape cods, cottages and other homes with lots of personality.
If your home has an undeniable charm, Beaded Cedarmill might just be the siding for you!
DESIGN ADVICE: Works great on cottages, bungalows and homes with lots of personality
HardiePlank® Lap Siding BEADED SMOOTH
Not to be left out, smooth siding also comes in beaded! Beaded Smooth siding is ideal for modern homes with a bit of old charm, or homes in established high-end neighborhoods. The beaded edge breaks up the siding to give your home visual interest – especially good on homes with little to no other architectural focal points.
Again, Beaded Smooth siding is available in 18 ColorPlus® Technology finishes so you’re sure to find the right one for your home
DESIGN ADVICE: Perfect for newer construction that wants to feel cozier and more traditional, and quaint cottages with a modern twist
HardiePanel® Vertical Siding
Vertical siding used to be only seen on commercial buildings, but recently it’s come into play as a residential option because of the unique appearance it gives even the most commonplace home. Additionally, vertical siding is easier to clean which means less work for you while you enjoy your beautiful home!
If you’re considering installing vertical siding, James Hardie HardiePanel siding gives you four options to choose from so that you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your needs
HardiePanel® SELECT CEDARMILL
Select Cedarmill vertical siding is designed to mimic wood siding without the rotting, cracking or peeling that wood siding is prone to. And by mixing HardiePanel vertical siding on the second floor with HardiePlank horizontal siding on the first floor, you can create a stunning effect on any style home.
DESIGN ADVICE: This texture is especially nice for a farmhouse or cottage. Also makes a great accent on the second floor of a house.
HardiePanel Smooth gives you a clean, minimalist look while still bringing the vertical effect that creates interest. James Hardie recommends using this to add height to low porch walls or to add drama to an entryway. Here at ALCO, we think HardiePanel Smooth looks good in any situation, but it’s especially stunning on gabled roofs, along feature walls, and on large modern homes.
DESIGN ADVICE: Use to emphasize height (on low porch walls or in gables, for example) or lend drama to an entryway.
If you have a Spanish or Tudor-style home, HardiePanel Stucco is designed to keep your home’s unique flair while giving you protection from rotting, cracking & peeling siding. HardiePanel Stucco can be installed over the entirety of your home, or just a portion – for instance, along a front porch wall to add visual depth and draw attention to the feature area.
DESIGN ADVICE: A classic choice for Tudor or Spanish-style architecture.
Even though shingles were originally designed for Cape Cod style homes, they can add character to any style home, anywhere in the country. In Maryland, DC and Virginia, they’re being used as renovations are made on older homes and during new builds alike to create a sense of uniqueness and visual interest to neighborhoods across the region.
Shingles are a classic architectural element that have been around for centuries. Traditionally made of Cedar, James Hardie brings the rot, insect, and crack-proof qualities of cedar with the fireproof and durable qualities of masonry.
James Hardie offers two styles of HardieShingle siding, both of which are available in 18 ColorPlus® Technology finishes, ready to be installed on your home.
HardieShingle® STAGGERED EDGE
Staggered Edge HardieShingle is a rustic look, designed to be inviting in its “imperfections.” This style is perfect on woodsy homes, cottages and bungalows, or even on a ranch or farm style home.
DESIGN ADVICE: Good for a relaxed cottage, classic Cape Cod, or a ranch in a wooded setting.
HardieShingle® STRAIGHT EDGE
Straight Edge HardieShingle is a more contemporary, classic look that brings a soft and inviting appeal to any style home. Whether you use Straight Edge HardieShingle all over your home or mix it with HardiePlank or HardiePanel siding, you can achieve a unique look for your home that will surely set it apart from others in your neighborhood.
DESIGN ADVICE: Shingles can soften a contemporary design.
Weather Barrier House Wrap
HardieWrap® Weather Barriers
Like all James Hardie® exterior products, HardieWrap® weather barriers are specifically Engineered for Climate®, so your home’s second line of defense stands up to the elements, no matter where you live.
HardieWrap weather barrier provides a balance of water resistance and breathability, reducing water intrusion while allowing water vapor from inside your home to escape. This keeps the area within your walls dry. The material is composed of high-performance, non-perforated, non-woven polyolefin with a unique MicroTech™ Coating that helps prevent mildew and reduces energy loss (potentially saving you money).
Together, HardieWrap weather barrier, HardieWrap Pro-Flashing, HardieWrap Flex Flashing and HardieWrap Seam Tape form an important part of a home’s weather protection envelope. When installed properly, these products help prevent water damage, mildew and energy loss.
When you have your Complimentary Siding Design Consultation with your ALCO Design Consultant, you’ll work with our team to ensure that you’ve chosen the best siding for your needs. From the material to the color choice, we’ll work with you to develop a look that will complement your home and create the look you want.
We’ll walk you through all the different vinyl siding types that are available to you and we’ll help you create a unique and maintenance-free look that you’ll absolutely love.
We at ALCO applaud the beauty available in today’s siding choices. But with tens of thousands of installations, we understand that siding is far more than just fine beading for a historical aesthetic or a cement blend to convey the look of freshly painted wood. The latest siding technology offers customers protection against the elements like never before. We use a 3/8″ foam wrap insulation on every job to enhance your home’s energy efficiency up to 20%. The materials are also impervious to termites and wood boring insects, with 10 times the life expectancy of wood siding.
Vinyl siding is maintenance-free, easily cleaned without ever requiring sanding or painting. Properly installed, new siding can transform the look of your home while enhancing your home’s energy efficiency.
Myth: Vinyl siding is boring and looks cheap
Vinyl siding has come a long way since it was introduced in the 1950s and manufacturers have made strides in research and development efforts for design and performance. Nearly 350 vinyl siding colors have been certified for color retention, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI). The variety offers homeowners a virtually endless palette of fade-resistant colors, combined with complementary trim, accents and accessories. Additionally, the texture and attention to detail on the siding panels make high-end vinyl siding nearly indistinguishable from wood clapboard, cedar shake shingles or other traditional materials.
Thanks to these advancements in color and technology, top designers on shows like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “George to the Rescue” have recently made vinyl siding a focal point of their renovation and new-build home designs. And many historical societies across the U.S. have turned to vinyl siding for historic home renovations because of the wide selection of period colors, architectural details and low-maintenance benefits.
Common Vinyl Siding Styles
Beaded siding is designed to create a more dramatic look with a round bead at the bottom of each clapboard course (row of siding). This style was developed to mimic the handcrafted bead that was originally produced in wood during the 18th century in the Southern United States.
Regular Lap or Lapboard siding is similar to Dutch Lapboard in its overlapping nature. The clean lines of lapboard siding was originally used by the Native Americans and continued for centuries until modern building techniques took over. This traditional style will always give your home clean, modern lines.
Dutch Lap siding has multiple courses that overlap to provide strong shadow lines. This style was originally developed in Northern European Areas where wood construction was most popular and gained popularity in the mid-Atlantic Region during early settler days
Shake Vinyl Siding
Shake vinyl siding, a product that delivers the look and appeal of cedar siding at great savings. Low maintenance and available in an array of colors and styles. A time-
Vinyl Insulated/Fullback Siding
Picking the right material to dress the exterior of your home can be daunting given how many choices are available today. We’d like to point out some of the benefits of one of our favorite, easy to install materials, insulated vinyl siding. It’s important to note that insulated vinyl siding is different than vinyl siding and also represents a slightly higher investment. But you’ll find that investment pays off in several ways.
Insulated siding is exterior cladding that features a rigid foam backing secured to vinyl siding, or placed behind the siding during installation.
One purported benefit of insulated siding is its ability to reduce energy transfer, which helps maintain the interior temperature of a home. Producers report an average R-value of 2.0 – 5.5, significantly more than that of other siding
products. Homeowners also report insulated siding serves as a noise barrier to external sound. Insulated vinyl siding with added fan fold foam board insulation raises the R-value to 3.5 – 7.5. Fan fold insulation is installed under the final siding product.
The expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) insulation allows for more impact resistance than traditional vinyl siding. The rigid foam-backed siding creates straighter sight lines, and prevents denting and bending, for a more wood-like appearance than traditional vinyl siding.
Great return on investment
Aside from the fact that your home will look great, buyers love energy efficiency. So, that increased R-value and reduced thermal bridge will not only pay off in the form of lower heating and cooling bills, but increased property value.
In fact, the 2019 Cost vs. Value report shows that siding replacement recoups nearly 80% of the expense, which makes it a great investment for your home to increase your comfort now AND your profit later.
How Insulated Vinyl Siding Is Installed
When we install insulated vinyl siding, we first remove your existing material and inspect your home’s exterior to ensure that all materials are whole and safe.
We then use Tyvek house wrap to act as your home’s moisture barrier while still permitting air vapor to escape (a vital process in keeping your home moisture-free). . The siding is then installed directly over this house wrap as the insulation is installed with the siding.
All vinyl siding (both traditional and insulated) is installed so each piece overlaps the piece before it on your home – this increases the water resistance and keeps water from getting behind your siding.
After we’ve finished installing the siding and at the end of each work day, we will clean your yard of any materials and carefully remove any fallen nails or debris.
Ready to explore Insulated Vinyl options for your home?
Call us at 240-393-4338
Stone Veneer Siding
Stone Veneer Siding is created by pouring a Portland Cement mixture into molds cast from real stone. This concrete “sheet” can then be cut and hung using other siding installation methods, rather than through complex masonry techniques.
Stone Siding offers many advantages over wood or vinyl siding, most notable of which is its fire and rot resistance. Additionally, stone siding is able to withstand many of the weather conditions here in the Mid-Atlantic.
Stone veneer siding, however, damages more easily than natural stone in very extreme weather. That being said, it’s easily one of the more durable siding options you have for your home.
Stone Veneer Siding Styles & Options
Stone Veneer siding comes in a myriad of options – from fieldstone to cobblestone, and even brick. As the colors of the stone siding mimics natural stone, you will find an array of hues from browns and tans to reds and grays. You can speak with your ALCO representative at your design appointment to see the full range of options available to you.
Fieldstone is designed to fit together perfectly, despite the irregularity of its individual stones. Featuring intricate detail, rounded edges, and an informal array, fieldstone is the perfect addition to any size home.
Fieldstone is available in this and approximately 10 additional color schemes for exterior use.
Ledgestone is designed to show you the edges of the stone – often the most intricate and visually stunning face of stone. This option mimics the look of stacked stone with no mortar joint, and has a smooth to slightly rough texture. It’s simplicity is ideal for large spans, but is also stunning on a smaller area of your home.
There are multiple options for ledgestone looks – from ledgestone and cobblestone mixtures to create a cascade to a more serrated (rough) look, you’ll be able to choose the right option for your needs at your ALCO design appointment.
Cobblestone is designed to mimic the old-world style of Europe’s streets. Cobblestone will add visual interest, luxury and history to any façade with a more uniform profile and rough edge design. There is an option to have a smoother finish, as well, if you prefer to avoid the rough edges. With a mortar joint, cobblestone is an ideal choice for any style home, but it’s most often found on colonial style homes.
As with other stone veneer siding types, cobblestone is available in multiple color profiles and ALCO can help you determine the best profile for your needs at your design appointment.
How Stone Veneer Siding Is Installed
Stone siding is a wonderful choice for most homes – its stately look will complement nearly every aesthetic.
As stone siding is heavy, however, a few pre-installation measures must be taken to ensure that your siding looks great for a long time.
We will begin by removing your existing siding.
Removing Your Existing Siding
When we remove your existing siding, we’ll remove any insulation and house wrap that’s underneath as well. This allows us to access the exterior wall of your home.
We will visually inspect the entire exterior wall of your home to ensure that it’s structurally sound and is able to hold the weight of the stone siding. We’ll also look for signs of mold, mildew, moisture and rot.
Should we determine that remedial steps are necessary in order to continue the installation, we will let you know your options and proceed from there.
Installing Your New Stone Veneer Siding
As with all new siding that we install, we will start with a Tyvek House Wrap. This wrap protects your home from water and air infiltration while still allowing moisture to escape. This is essential for maintaining the integrity of your home’s interior structure.
After we’ve hung the house wrap, we’ll hang your chosen insulation. This adds to your home’s energy efficiency.
Then we’ll begin hanging the stone siding. Each piece has to be hand-cut and fitted perfectly to your home’s exterior – which means this process is labor intensive and takes just a little longer than other siding styles.
After the siding is fully hung, we will finish your home’s look with the trim that you’ve chosen to complement your new siding.
Your New Siding Is Guaranteed
It’s essential that stone siding be installed correctly to maintain the structural integrity of your home. If stone siding is installed on materials that aren’t sturdy enough to hold them, or it’s installed without using best practices, your home could become damaged.
ALCO stands behind not only the workmanship we provide, but the products we use.
If your new siding is still under manufacturer’s warranty and there is a defect with the materials, ALCO will provide labor free of charge to repair or replace the product that we installed.
Additionally, any product we install on or in your home will be free of defect due to faulty workmanship for the lifetime of the product’s manufacturer warranty.
That means if you need your siding repaired or replaced because of something ALCO or the manufacturer did, we’ll come and do the work for free.
If you’re ready to discuss your siding options with ALCO,
Contact ALCO for your Complimentary Siding
Design Consultation today: 301-593-1691
A Smooth Siding Installation Process
At Alco Products, we care of you during every step of the siding installation process:
1. Inspection and Estimate
In most cases it takes about a week to 10 days to install your siding project. Painting can take extra time. There are several factors that determine this timeline. You’ll want to discuss these particulars with your design consultant at Alco Products:
- Number of stories on your home that require siding
- Total square footage, including siding, trim soffit, etc.
- Landscaping and terrain around your home, including trees, bushes and steep slopes
- Removing existing siding
- The complexity of Hardie Board siding styles and types you want for you home exterior design
Other things we do include:
- Walking around the property to discuss any areas of concern
- Inspect inside your home to determine whether if water is entering your home
- Giving you materials options to create the look you want
- Give you a quote and estimated timeframe of completion
2. Measuring and Ordering Materials
When you’re ready to move forward, our senior installer completes final measurements and notes any landscaping factors.
On the day of the installation, it’s best to start as early as possible. Your project lead will:
- Check the weather report to ensure that we have a clear forecast. (We do keep a house-sized tarp on the truck in case of a rogue storm.)
- Remove the existing siding
- Install new siding
4. Walkthrough and Cleanup
At the end of each work day, the grounds around your home will be swept with a magnet to catch any stray nails. All trash will be cleaned up and put into the dumpster that we bring onsite.
A Siding Replacement Process That Gives You Peace of Mind
When we perform siding replacement, we treat your home as if it’s our own home. You can rely on a process that is clear and designed to meet your needs.
Request a free consultation with our friendly, knowledgeable siding experts.
GET AN ASSESSMENT
Our detailed inspection finds areas of concern and answers your questions.
ENJOY TRUSTED RESULTS
Our smooth installation process is done right, so you can relax and enjoy your home.
Installation Timeline & Certified Contractors
Hiring a trained and certified siding company to install your siding will also make a difference in the timeline and quality of your installation. A contractor who regularly installs siding will know what products to order and minimize your need to be involved in all the details of your project.
How Much Does Siding Replacement Cost?
As with every home improvement project, the siding replacement cost will be at the forefront of your mind. The most accurate way to understand any siding cost is to get a quote from your preferred siding contractor.
But if you aren’t ready to pick a contractor yet or are budgeting for a future siding replacement, you still can find approximate estimates online and the factors that influence those estimates.
Generally, siding replacement costs between $5,300 and $15,500. That’s a wide range but for good reason. Many factors contribute to the final siding cost. When budgeting for your siding installation, consider the difference in prices between:
- Different siding materials
- Different siding brands and quality
- Contractor labor costs
- A small or large home
- Number of stories
- Home locations
- A straightforward installation or one with issues
- Installing only siding or also installing soffits, fascias, gutters, trim and more
All of these factors either can save or cost you money, depending on what you want and need. And it’s always smart to budget for unexpected issues that may arise during the installation process.
When calculating the siding replacement cost, don’t forget that new siding is an investment in your home and can save you money too.
New siding provides better insulation that can save you money on your energy bills. Most siding today is designed to be low maintenance, so you spend less money over time repainting and repairing it. Today’s siding products also last longer, so it is unlikely that you will need to replace it again during your occupancy. Quality siding adds value to your home when you’re ready to move and protects your home from costly structural repairs.
The actual return on investment for new siding varies, but the benefits of a siding replacement are valuable in and of themselves.
Hiring a siding contractor
Much of the success of your siding installation will depend on your siding contractor. You want to work with someone who has extensive experience installing siding and knows how to run their business right. They should make the siding installation process as hassle-free as possible for you and be easy to communicate with.
Hiring the right siding contractor comes with all the above qualities and more: benefits to hiring a siding company or contractor who has all of the above qualities, such as:
- A proven installation process that keeps things streamlined
- Less stress thanks to a job done right the first time
- A clean job site
- A fast completion timeline with fewer delays
- Saved money on shoddy work or unanticipated issues
- Warranties on both labor and materials
For the highest standards, look for a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor, like Alco Products. These are siding contractors who have met exceptionally high standards as set by the James Hardie brand. They have the expertise to install valuable James Hardie siding correctly, but there are other benefits as well.
When you hire a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor as your siding installer, you’ll enjoy:
- An outstanding warranty
- Long-lasting durability
- Higher home resale value.
- Great ROI.
- Peace of mind that your beautiful James Hardie siding was installed right
But how do you find the kind of siding contractor we’ve been talking about? It’s not hard to find the name of every siding company in your area, but you should do your due diligence before selecting one.
When researching siding contractors, look up or ask them for this information:
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of licensing
- Client reviews
- History of projects similar to yours
- Projected project cost
- Payment plan instead of paying everything up front
- Labor and material warranties
- Contract details
- Contractor location
Ultimately, you want a siding contractor who can prove that they have the experience and qualifications you want, who can give you a seamless experience, and will charge you fairly and according to a fair timeline. If any siding company raíses red flags when you speak with them, don’t hesitate to keep looking.
Why choose Alco Products for your siding replacement
When you hire a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor like Alco Products to ensure your siding is installed properly. You’ll be confident that:
- All of our siding installation crews are trained and certified to install Hardie Board the right way.
- To protect your health and ours along with the integrity of your siding installation, we do not cover up asbestos. Instead, we safely remove it and install new siding.
- We use siding fasteners that are approved by James Hardie to secure the siding to the studs of your home.
- At any time, a James Hardie rep is free to inspect any of our job sites. This protects our elite preferred status and gets you the best siding installation the industry offers — including a 30-year, non-prorated warranty.
The Alco Products Difference
At Alco Products, we value our relationship with every homeowner. Your time is valuable. Your home is your safe place. And getting your needs met gives you quality of life. Our teams — from sales personnel to install to following up months after your project is complete — respect your time, your home, and your needs.
What You WILL Experience with Alco:
- Respect of your time
- Respect of your home and privacy
- Respect of your needs and desires
What You WON’T Experience with Alco:
- Long sales calls
- Pressure to buy
- Poor Recommendations and Workmanship
Install Durable Siding for Your D.C. Metro Home
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“Alco Products Company, Inc. worked and stayed within 1.7% of our budget. Their labor teams were very experienced, well trained and polite. The job site was left clean and safe after each day. My questions and concerns were always addressed quickly through either email or personal contact. Personal professional contact was delivered throughout the project, not just during the pre-sales process. We are pleased with the final delivered products and we receive complements and inquiries into our house and what contractor we used frequently.”