Installing new vinyl or fiber cement siding on your home is the most popular option for savvy homeowners looking to protect their homes for years to come. At Summit, you'll be able to choose from the premier siding products on the market that are also to the most maintenance free, and carry the most-comprehensive warranties. Check out our informational section below. At Summit, we have a fantastic team of siding installers who have decades of experience installing replacement siding for customers in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC metro area.
Why Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl is now the selection of choice for nearly all homeowners. Builders, Realtors, Investors all say that vinyl siding is the smart choice. There are two simple reasons. Vinyl lasts longer than nearly every other material (except brick or rock.)—it endures against sun, wind, rain and hail, and it never has to be painted. You have many siding profiles to create different exterior looks. You can select a traditional clapboard style, the beveled look of a dutchlap panel, or the old-fashioned charm of a beaded panel. Your home can have an exterior that is slick and modern or one that is rustic and comfortable.
Important Things to Know About Vinyl Siding
This is the thickness of the panel. The higher the gauge (or panel thickness), the better the panel. Thicker panels offer greater impact and weather resistance. Thicker panels also are more rigid so they will hang straighter and flatter against the wall for a more attractive finished installation. Owens Corning offers siding in gauges from economical .040" to premium .048".
Molded Wood Grain
Vinyl siding is molded with different wood grains to offer different exterior looks. Smooth grains tend to work well with homes with more traditional designs, but also work well with contemporary architectural styles. More pronounced grains tend to give homes a more rustic appearance.
By the Square
Vinyl siding is sold by the "squares." Each square of siding covers 100 square feet, and shipping cartons from the manufacturer contain two squares. You can estimate how many squares you will need for your house—determine the square footage of each side of your home and divide by 100. Don't worry about subtracting windows and doorways from the measurements. Add 10 percent to account for cutting and wastage. Summit Roofing provides free estimates which include properly measuring your home.
Style, Performance and Value
You can select the right siding for your home by considering the architectural style, the environmental conditions such as wind and hail, and your budget. Owens Corning has organized our siding lines into three series to help you focus on what is most important to you.
Design and Style
If you are looking for siding that brings out the unique design elements of your home's exterior, the Architectural Series offers a range of possibilities. Whether you like the distinctive style of Beaded or Narrow Plank panels, or you want to enhance your home with rich, real-wood color, this series fills the bill. There's even siding with the look of hand-cut cedar shakes or old-fashioned decorative scallops.
We can have very harsh weather and you want siding that delivers unmatched durability, Performance Series siding is built to last. In any weather, any season, it performs beyond your expectations.
We provide a high quality, affordable, Fundamental Series of siding that gives you the classic look of wood with none of the bother. Built to last a lifetime, you add value to your home and save money for years to come.
In addition to of styles and grains, we provide an excellent range of colors from which you can select.
Premier Plus—Owens Corning Premier Plus™ siding offers performance that endures, even in strong wind and hail. Its unique HangTuf ™ double nailing hem ensures that the panels stay put. Its tough .044" gauge vinyl construction resists dents. A 5/8" panel projection increases the rigidity of each panel to hang flatter and straighter. Best of all, Premier Plus siding is backed by one of the best warranties available. It is transferable, non-prorated, limited lifetime warranty from Owens Corning.
Basic Installation Steps
- Measure to estimate the required amount of siding. Select the siding.
- Make repairs to the side of the home the facia boards, soffits, and guttering if necessary.
- Create a smooth, even surface for new siding by covering walls with underlayment.
- Install J channel and utility trim around doors and windows.
- Install starter strip around bottom of home.
- Install inside and outside corner posts.
- Install siding panels.
- Install fascia and soffit.
How To Hire A Contractor
Typically, it takes three professional installers about two days to install vinyl siding on an average size home.
Before you decide to do it yourself, consider the time involved, how much help you'll have and your level of experience. These are the reasons people often choose a professional contractor for worry-free installation.
Professional installation is the key to an attractive exterior that won't warp or buckle over time. The cost of professional installation will be quickly offset by the savings of never having to paint or maintain your siding again. And professional installation also offers you peace of mind knowing the job will be done right.
Why Summit Roofing is Qualified:
We are fully licensed, bonded and insured. We provide full references, and encourage you to check them! We provide written estimates, a written schedule and a written contract.
We have more than 80 years of home improvement experience and have passed stringent legal and credit checks. We meet all of the local legal requirements for licensing and insurance, and we have an excellent record with the Better Business Bureau and the local Chambers of Commerce.
We use the most dependable materials from well-known and trusted companies. We submit all materials warranty registrations and they warranty the siding material, while we warranty the installation.