Which Type of Siding is Right for You?

There’s a lot to consider when thinking about new siding for your home. Between materials, color, warranties, cost — and finding the right installation company — it can feel overwhelming.

The good news is, if you’re looking for clarification on which type of siding is right for you, you’ve come to the right place.

This article talks about five different types of siding, and the benefits of each:

  • Vinyl Siding
  • Composite Siding
  • Hardboard Siding
  • Cement Siding
  • Wood Siding

Let’s get started!

VINYL SIDINGVinyl Siding Madison WI Siding Installer Repair 7

Typically, vinyl siding is the most affordable option when it comes to siding. The good news is that it is a quality siding choice that offers incredible value for the cost.

With vinyl siding, you have two major categories to choose from before you decide on color:

  • Traditional Vinyl Siding is an easy, low-cost way to update your home and increase its value.
  • Insulated Vinyl Siding has a slightly higher cost than traditional vinyl siding, although it typically pays for itself over time as the insulating properties help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer — lowering the cost of your utility bill.

Additional benefits include: 

  • Retention of color
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Excellent warranties
  • Recyclable material
  • Available in custom colors

COMPOSITE SIDINGWood Siding Installer Madison WI Siding Contractor 9

Made from a precise combination of plastic, fibers, and minerals, composite siding has the appearance of wood for a beautiful aesthetic. Composite siding is insect and rot resistant, and has the strength to withstand the bitterness of Wisconsin winters.

Additional benefits include:

  • Protection from moisture and weathering
  • A beautiful finished look
  • It’s more durable, and less likely to warp, than traditional wood siding
  • Low maintenance 
  • Energy efficient

LP SMARTSIDE HARDBOARD SIDING LP Smartside Installation Madison WI Composite Siding 9

When it comes to hardboard siding, we recommend ​​LP SmartSide because it’s simply the best hardboard siding around. Offering a fantastic return on your investment, it’s made from engineered wood that blends together natural wood, resins, waxes and zinc borate.

Additional benefits include:

  • Long-lasting color
  • Available in a wide array of color options
  • Low maintenance
  • Backed by an industry-leading 5/50-year limited warranty

JAMES HARDIE CEMENT SIDING Siding Repair Madison WI Siding Contractor Siding Installer 8

With cement siding, there are a lot of manufacturers to choose from, and we’ve investigated them all. What we determined was that James Hardie cement siding (also referred to as Hardie Board siding) is simply the most durable option around — and it looks great! Environmentally friendly, this siding is composed of cement, sand and cellulose fibers, providing outstanding protection for your home.

Additional benefits include:

  • Long-lasting & low maintenance
  • An excellent alternative to brick or stone
  • Can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally
  • Customizable
  • 30-year, non-prorated, transferable warranty


There’s nothing quite like the look of natural wood siding. Made of thin sheets of wood which are pressed together with glue or resin, it can be stained, painted, sealed, or left unfinished, which provides homeowners with a wide variety of aesthetic choices.

That said, wood siding is high maintenance, and is more susceptible to moisture damage, warping, and rot if not treated properly — so it’s only an optimal choice for homeowners who enjoy home maintenance.

Additional benefits include:

  • Beautiful appearance
  • Wood used for siding can also be incorporated into the home

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You can also contact us anytime for a complimentary consultation to discuss which type of siding is right for your home, and your budget.