Installing Cedar Siding in St. Louis, MO

Building Siding Comparison ChartYou're going to need siding that is best for you and your budget – not your contractor’s wallet. Did you know you have 12 categories of siding to choose from? Factor in the amount of styles and options, and your choices add up even faster. Our team has the training and the tools needed for installing cedar siding in St. Louis, MO.

But when it comes to siding for homeowners in St. Charles, St. Paul, and St. Louis, choice is a good thing. No one particular option is right for every home, so we help you select the best siding for your situation, not for our wallet. We sit down with you and have a conversation about your budget, energy efficiency needs, and tastes. Then we inspect your home to evaluate a variety of factors, including weather patterns, exposure patterns, and even your drainage and roof runoff.

We perform an intensive discovery process because every single one of those items is a determining factor in which siding is right for you. Get a lot of hail? Avoid metal or aluminum siding that is easily dented and damaged. Do you experience a great deal of moisture? Steel siding may not be the best option, as any little scratch in the protective coating could cause the siding to rust. If you are considering wood, you should understand the constant maintenance requirements that come with it.

Fitting Your Home and Your Budget

Of course, one of the biggest determining factors when choosing siding is your budget. Many homeowners fail to take into consideration the long-term costs of ownership. Over the lifespan of your siding your costs could skyrocket, and the pennies you thought you were saving today could end up costing you a fortune in the future.

Then there are color and aesthetic considerations as well as any environmental or energy efficiency concerns you may have. Depending on the particular needs of your home, you may choose to go with seamless siding. We can help you to identify the right energy efficient siding for your home. Although it could take us forever to go over all of your options, we are ready to give you a brief breakdown of your choices.

Call our contracting offices today and let us educate you on your options. Because no one is going to do more, work harder, or give you more value for your money than we will. We never sell you on a product; we educate you on a solution.

Metal Siding:

Metal Siding Strengths

  • Complete Soffit and Trim Packages Using Aluminum or Steel Siding Are Available to Offer a Cohesive and Completed Look from the Curb
  • Difficult to Paint Unless the Siding Has a Paint-Compatible PVC Coating
  • Available in Numerous Beautiful Styles
  • Low Maintenance in Non-Corrosive Environments
  • Fire Retardant
  • Seamless Installation (Steel Only)
  • Eco-Friendly; Made from Recycled Steel
  • Ultra-Durable

Metal Siding Weaknesses

  • Aluminum siding can dent while steel can rust.
  • Colors may fade over time
  • Can dent if struck or rust if scratched, depending upon the metal
  • Can bend or warp if improperly installed
  • Not suitable for salt air environments

Vinyl Siding:

Vinyl Siding Strengths

  • Durable
  • Lowest Installed Cost of Any Exterior Cladding
  • High Return on Investment
  • Virtually Maintenance Free
  • Available in a Wide Spectrum of Siding Colors Resistant to UV Fade
  • Immune to Rot or Insect Damage
  • Can Be Used with Multiple Architectural Styles
  • Usually Backed by a Lifetime Warranty
  • Only Exterior Cladding with Both a Third-Party Product Certification and Certified Installer Program
  • Outperforms Most Exterior Cladding, including Brick, in Almost All Life Cycle States for Environmental and Economic Performance

Vinyl Siding Weaknesses

  • Some of the More Inexpensive Brands Use Cheaper Manufacturing Process – May Be Susceptible to Fading in Harsh Light Conditions
  • May Not Offer Darker Colors in Wider Profiles, but Improving with Technological Advances
  • Should Be Power-Washed Yearly to Maintain Color Brilliance

Wood Siding:

Wood Siding Strengths

  • Had Long Lifespan When Taken Care of Properly
  • Natural, Beautiful Look
  • Can Be Painted or Stained in Any Color
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Multiple Styles Available including Clapboard, Shakes, Shingles, Vertical Boards

Wood Siding Weaknesses

  • Requires Frequent Painting and Staining
  • Flammable Unless Treated with Flame-Retardant
  • Susceptible to Rot, Insects, and Other Forms of Decay
  • Most Maintenance Required for Any Type of Siding
  • Can Be More Expensive Depending on the Type of Wood and Labor Required for Installation
  • Engineered Wood Siding:
  • Engineered Wood Siding Strengths
  • Relatively Low Cost
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Dimensionally Stable

Engineered Wood Siding Weaknesses

  • Requires Regular Painting and Sealing
  • Regular Maintenance Is Essential to Avoid Deterioration and Product Separation
  • While it offers dimensional stability and strength, engineered wood isn’t maintenance free and must be protected from exposure to the elements.

Insulated Vinyl Siding:

Insulated Vinyl Siding Strengths

  • Helps Increase the Exteriors Wall’s R-Value
  • Provides Continuous Insulation over the Studs of a Home, Reducing Thermal Bridging and Heat Loss
  • Can Hide Subtle Bows and Dips Present on Most Walls
  • Due to Its Ability to Reduce Thermal Bridging, Insulated Siding Has Been Added to the Checklist under Energy Star Qualified Homes Version 3
  • Durable and Long Lasting
  • Virtually Maintenance Free, Never Requires Painting, Sealing or Caulking
  • Available in a Wide Spectrum of Siding Colors Resistant to UV Fade
  • Not Susceptible to Rot or Insect Damage
  • Complete Vinyl Soffit and Architectural Trim Elements Are Available to Offer a Cohesive and Designer Look
  • Can Be Used with Multiple Architectural Styles Usually Backed by a Lifetime Warranty
  • Only Exterior Cladding with Both a Third-Party Product Certification and Certified Installer Program

Insulated Vinyl Siding Weaknesses

  • May Not Offer Darker Colors in Wider Profiles; but Constantly Improving with Technological Advances

Cedar Shingle Siding:

Cedar Shingle Siding Strengths

  • Offers Long Life
  • Natural Looking
  • Can Be Painted or Stained Any Color; Though Staining Is Recommended to Reduce Peeling
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Cedar Shingle Siding Weaknesses
  • Requires stain or paint, or can be left to weather naturally, which reduces the lifespan
  • Flammable Unless Treated with Flame Retardant
  • Susceptible to Rot, Insects and Other Forms of Decay, Though Not at the Same Rate as Regular Wood Siding
  • Can Be More Expensive Due to Materials and Labor Required for Installation and Ongoing Maintenance
  • Limited Insulation Properties or R-Value Usually Limited to Certain Architectural Styles

Stucco Siding:

Stucco Siding Strengths

  • Durable and Long Lasting aside from Repairing Cracks
  • May Be Tinted at Time of Installation Eliminating the Need to Paint
  • Fire and Insect Resistant
  • Provides Flexibility to Complex Architectural Design
  • Stucco Siding Weaknesses
  • Possibility of Cracks Developing over Time as the Home Expands, Contracts and Settles
  • Some Synthetic Stucco Systems Can Cause Moisture Problems on the Underlying Structure If Improperly Constructed
  • Requires Professional and Experienced Installation
  • Requires Regular Painting
  • Usually Limited to Certain Architectural Styles
  • Stucco systems are a bit tricky and need to be installed by experienced technicians with sufficient inspections to ensure proper installation and moisture management, or significant problems can arise.

Polymer Shake and Shingle Siding:

Polymer Shake and Shingle Siding Strengths

  • Thick and Durable Product
  • High Rate of Return on Investment
  • Virtually Maintenance Free, Never Requires Painting, Sealing or Caulking
  • Available in a Wide Spectrum of Siding Colors Resistant to UV Fade
  • Not Susceptible to Rot or Insect Damage
  • Gutters and cedar-grain texture replicate the look of real cedar shingles. Look for random and textured gutters for true authenticity.
  • Usually backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Polymer Shake and Shingle Siding Weaknesses
  • Not paintable if you want to change your color down the road.

Brick and Stone Siding:

Brick and Stone Siding Strengths

  • Very Durable
  • No Need for Painting or Staining
  • Available in a Variety of Decorative Styles and Colors
  • Fire Resistant
  • Rot and Insect-Resistant Requires Structural Foundation Support Due to Significant Weight
  • Brick and Stone Siding Weaknesses
  • Requires Structural Foundation Support Due to Significant Weight
  • Requires Professional Installation/ Construction
  • Mortar Joints Can Deteriorate over Time and Require Maintenance
  • Costly

Brick and Stone Veneer Siding:

Brick and Stone Veneer Siding Strengths

  • Durability Comparable to Real Brick and Stone at Lesser Cost
  • No Painting or Stain Required
  • Many Decorative Styles and Color Combinations to Choose from
  • Fire Resistant
  • Rot and Insect-Proof
  • Does Not Require Additional Structural Support as Real Brick/Stone
  • Available in Real (Thin Veneer) and Composite Varieties
  • Brick and Stone Veneer Siding Weaknesses
  • Installation Is More DIY-Friendly than Full Brick/Stone but Tackling a Large Job Might Be Better Reserved for Professionals
  • Some Maintenance May Be Required at Mortar Joint over Time
  • Not Recommended to Be Used on Surfaces with Running Water
  • May Have Poor R-Value

Building Siding Types

Fiber Cement Siding:

  • Fiber Cement Siding Strengths
  • Does Not Rot and Resists Insects and Pests, Determined to Be Less Absorptive
  • Visual Similarity to Real Wood in a Range of Styles Such as Shakes and Lap Siding
  • Does Not Expand/Contract to the Degree of Real Wood
  • Accepts Paint Well
  • Fire Resistant
  • Available in Both Primed and Pre-Painted
  • Fiber Cement Siding Weaknesses
  • More Expensive than Vinyl Products
  • Pre-Painted Fiber Cement Siding Is More Expensive than Primed Unpainted
  • Very Heavy and Can Add Thousands of Pounds to a Typical House
  • Limited product warranty and usually pro- rated. To be warranted manufacturer usually requires removal of existing siding
  • Seams Require Caulking and Periodic Re- Caulking to Prevent Water Damage
  • If the Finish Is Not Maintained, It Can Absorb Moisture, Crumble and Delaminate
  • Over Time, Nails Can Loosen, and Panels May Lift Away from the Wall
  • May Require Special Cutting Tools and Respirators to Prevent Inhaling Toxic Silica Dust
  • Limited Insulation Properties or R-Value

Contact us today to hire a specialized team that understands the best approach for installing cedar siding. We proudly serve customers in Roseville, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri, and surrounding communities.