Wood & Fiber-Cement Siding Installers in Philadelphia, PA
Prescreened Wood & Fiber-Cement Siding Contractors in Philadelphia, PA
9727 Jeanes Street
Philadelphia, PA 19115
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1106 Wildman Avenue
Bensalem, PA 19020
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1323 Pine Street
Norristown, PA 19401
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836 School Lane
Folcroft, PA 19032
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3428 York Road
Furlong, PA 18925
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Philadelphia Cedar Siding
Before the invention of aluminum (and then vinyl) siding, the exteriors of American homes saw a whole lot of brick and wood. These natural materials, though rather expensive in most cases, are still used today when a homeowner wants their house to have a rustic and classical appeal. In Philadelphia, cedar shake siding has never been the most popular choice (especially when you compare it to the vast amount of brick). Cedar shake, however, still has a look that is quite unique and well worth the effort it takes to examine its pros and cons.
Drawbacks of Cedar Shake Siding
Just to nip any confusion in the bud, "shake" is pretty much a long, thickly cut shingle, and just like wooden shingles, cedar shake comes in varying degrees of quality dependent on the part of the tree it is made from (the fewer knots a shake or shingle contains, the higher the quality). There are reasons why, in Philadelphia, cedar shake siding is not as common as other forms of cladding.
First off, exterior wood is not especially well suited to Philadelphia's climate. With sub-freezing and icy conditions in the winter, and high temperatures and humidity in the summer, wood, in general, has a more difficult time holding up than many other materials. Due to the vast changes in weather that are an annual tradition in Philadelphia, cedar siding (like any outdoor wood) will be prone to swelling, contracting, and, over time, splitting and cracking.
Cedar siding, in Philadelphia, will most likely turn out to be one of the more expensive choices for the outside of your home. Its life expectancy is less than that of aluminum and vinyl siding, and brick or stone will outlast cedar by many years. Though the initial expense of cedar siding might not seem like too much more than the more popular vinyl, the upkeep it requires over its shorter life-span will most likely make it a more expensive choice in the long run.
Cedar Siding Benefits
Now that those negatives are out of the way, cedar siding does have some really good points when compared to other materials. Cedar, though not impervious to the weather conditions of southeastern PA, contains a natural chemical that makes it more resistant to moisture than other wood species. Though it will develop problems over time (especially if not well maintained), cedar is probably better suited to Philadelphia's conditions than any other wood. This same chemical also makes cedar an unattractive place for bugs to hang out, which, when we're talking wood, is a highly attractive quality, indeed!
Cedar siding, due to the large cell structure of the wood, is also a better insulator than vinyl or metal. This means that it will naturally help keep your home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer.
Speaking of highly attractive, the biggest benefit of cedar siding in Philadelphia (or, presumably anywhere else) is its appearance. Natural wood just looks good, so very few settings are wood inappropriate. It can be stained or painted, but many people like to leave cedar shake untreated so it develops a natural, weathered beauty. If you're the kind of person who doesn't mind a bit of maintenance every year, and you like the natural good looks of genuine wood, you won't go wrong with cedar siding.
Prices of Philadelphia Cedar Siding
Nationally, cedar siding costs about $6,500 to install. This is far less than the cost of other natural materials such as brick or stone. Philadelphia residents lucky enough to have a lake house or cabin outside of town might consider cedar siding. Nowhere does wood siding look better than in a natural setting. For a smaller job outside of the city, the cost will, inevitably, be significantly less.
Philadelphia Hardie Board Siding
Hardie board (also called Hardie plank) is a brand name for the fiber cement siding developed a century ago by James Hardie. With the environmental conditions common in Philadelphia, Hardie board siding is one of the best options for the exterior of your home you can choose. In a city that's subjected to just about every weather extreme imaginable, from blazing sun to heavy rain and, of course, the snow and freezing temperatures in the winter, Philly houses need a cladding material that can truly go the distance. If you're thinking about redoing your house's exterior, Hardie siding is well worth looking into.
Philadelphia Hardie Plank Siding Benefits
Though not the wettest city in the country by a long shot, there is still no lack of moisture in Philadelphia. Hardie plank siding is especially good at withstanding moisture in the air and precipitation in all its forms. Unlike some other exterior materials, it doesn't retain moisture, which means that it won't swell or split even in extremely wet conditions.
Hardie siding is also a very low maintenance material. Unlike other sidings, it is designed to resist moderate impact as well as the weather. Anyone who'd rather spend a Sunday afternoon watching the Eagles play than patching up their home's exterior. Hardie board doesn't deteriorate, is easy to clean, and rarely (if ever) needs to be repaired.
There are a few other reasons to install fiber cement siding in Philadelphia. Hardie siding is an unappealing food and home for bugs, so you'll never need to worry about insects causing damage to the exterior of your home. It is also flame and fire resistant, which makes it a safe as well as a practical choice. It also holds paint better than most other materials, and since it isn't prone to swelling, it is very likely that you will never see paint chip or crack when applied to Hardie board siding. Philadelphians should also note that, unlike the ever popular vinyl siding, fiber cement doesn't sag or dent, either. Additionally, Hardie plank siding provides a good layer of insulation, making it perfect for keeping out the cold during a Philadelphia winter.
Installing Hardie Board Siding
Unfortunately, the do-it-yourselfer is out of luck when it comes to installing Hardie board. Though the process is not incredibly difficult or time consuming, it is very specialized. It needs to be installed in a very specific manner and under the right conditions to perform at its best. Even cutting fiber cement siding is a job best left to the pros.
Prices and Installation Duration
Surprisingly enough, this incredible material is very affordable when compared to other exterior materials. To clad a home in Hardie board siding, Philadelphia residents can expect to pay between $6,000 and $10,000. This puts fiber cement siding around the price of wood shake siding (which makes it cheaper than brick or stone, but slightly more expensive than aluminum or vinyl).
Hardie siding takes a little longer to install than aluminum or vinyl, and averages a little over two weeks to finish the job compared to a week and a half for the other materials. The value that Hardie siding will add to your home is comparable to that of many other sidings, but is less than stone or brick. If you have a brick exterior (and many Philadelphians do), you may want to consider getting the brick repaired and refurbished rather than covering it with another, less valuable material.
Philadelphia Cement Siding
In a place with environmental conditions like those of Philadelphia, cement siding (also called fiber cement or cement board siding) is an excellent cladding choice. It performs well under many different conditions from the hot sun to freezing temperatures. It is also quite durable, and easy on the eyes, as well. If you're looking for a cladding material that's tougher than a 2 dollar cheese steak, but looks better than fall in Fairmount Park, cement siding might be your answer.
To truly understand why it is such a good choice for Philadelphia, cement board siding's creation is a good place to start. Developed in Australia over 100 years ago, cement siding was designed to be a material that would withstand many of the conditions where others fell short. Resistant to moisture and fire, scratches and dents, and of course heat and cold (all of which can readily be found in Philadelphia) cement board siding is now one of the most durable and desirable cladding materials on the market today.
Another benefit of fiber cement siding in Philadelphia is its ability to accept paint and hold onto it. Unlike vinyl siding, cement siding must be painted for it to perform its best. However, if high quality paint is used, it is very likely that it will not peel or chip. If that's not enough, cement board siding is also resistant to insects and the damage they cause (a benefit if ever there was one), and it will never rot!
Other Cement Board Siding Benefits
Fiber cement siding is considered a "green" material. It receives this sought after title because its use has no negative affect on the environment. Additionally, during production, unused pieces of material can be immediately processed to be recycled into a new batch of material.
During January weather, Philadelphians will be happy to know that cement siding is an excellent insulator, especially when compared to vinyl or aluminum siding. For those who live in older neighborhoods, cement board siding is attractive enough to stand along side nearly any structure; it is also allowed in historic preservation areas where materials like vinyl aren?t.
To sum it up, cement siding will outperform wood in both longevity and moisture resistance. It will surpass vinyl and aluminum in durability and impact resistance, as well as in added value to the home. It will supplement your home's insulation, and it won't be adversely affected by high or low temperatures or by precipitation in any form.
The Look of Cement Siding
Cement board siding is generally formed to look like wood shingles, but it can also be made to have a smooth finish or to look like stucco. In any event, once it is installed and painted, cement siding will take whatever color you choose and hold onto it, and if you get tired of that color, you'll have many years to decide what to repaint it!
Philadelphia Cement Siding Prices
The price of fiber cement siding is about the same as that of wood siding, somewhere in the $5,000-$8,000 range, though it will outlast wood by many years. This makes it more expensive than aluminum or vinyl, but significantly less expensive than natural stone or brick. It will most likely take 2 or 3 weeks to install.