Siding Materials Play Key Role in Home Efficiency

Siding Materials | Siding Replacement | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

The pallet for siding materials has expanded with the varieties available for today’s siding replacement projects.

Siding materials selected for your Madison WI home can go a long way toward protecting your investment from ultra violet rays and all the harsh elements from rain and snow to extreme heat and bitter cold.

Siding Replacement can be for esthetic reasons, but in most cases it comes with remodeling or repairs from damage.

There are many siding materials to consider, each with unique qualities. Compare what’s available based upon:

  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Relative cost

Siding Materials To Consider


  • Advantages: Little maintenance, will not crack, fireproof, excellent water barrier, available in a variety of colors, styles and textures, can be installed over wood siding
  • Disadvantages: Can dent and fade
  • Cost: Low


  • Advantages: Little maintenance, will not rot or flake, excellent water barrier, variety of colors, textures and styles, easily cleaned, can be installed over wood siding
  • Disadvantages: Can crack, fade or discolor, not environmentally friendly
  • Cost: Low

Because the color is throughout the material, nicks and scratches don’t show up. Can look like wood-grain lap siding, wood shingles and even stone.

Relatively new to the market, insulated vinyl siding features a layer of expanded polystyrene foam, providing an insulating value of R-2 to R-6 that can help a house achieve Energy Star qualification —expect to pay a premium for insulated versions.

Solid Wood 

  • Advantages: Can be painted or stained a variety of colors, natural look, fairly easy to repair
  • Disadvantages: Can rot, flake warp or split, subject to mildew in Madison WI climate, high maintenance
  • Cost: Moderate-High

Few materials have the natural charm and beauty of wood clapboard and shingle siding, making it ideal for a premium replacement project.

Composite Wood 

  • Advantages: Easy and inexpensive to install, low cost alternative to solid wood
  • Disadvantages: May not look like real wood (but more natural than vinyl or aluminum)
  • Cost: Moderate


  • Advantages: Easily cleaned, variety of colors, quick Installation
  • Disadvantages: Not as durable, difficult to repair
  • Cost: High

Stucco is an extremely durable siding material that pairs well with other siding materials and can add architectural style to a siding replacement project. Most stucco mixtures include epoxy, which prevents chipping and cracking. Well-maintained stucco will last a lifetime. Toners added to stucco mixtures result in organic colors that go all the way through the material, making repainting unnecessary.


  • Advantages: Durable, weather-resistant, natural look
  • Disadvantages: Expensive, difficult to install, may crack
  • Cost: High

Fiber Cement 

  • Advantages: Extremely durable, fire and termite proof, can have appearance of wood, stucco or masonry at a lower cost, low maintenance, easy installation
  • Disadvantages: Heavy, requires moisture barrier underneath to ensure waterproof qualities
  • Cost: Moderate/High

Fiber cement is made from a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand, and it can be molded to mimic wood clapboard, shingles, stucco and masonry. It readily accepts paint, and most manufacturers offer an array of factory-applied finishes.


  • Advantages: Durable, long lifespan, classic look
  • Disadvantages: Expensive
  • Cost: High

For assistance in identifying the best siding materials options and siding replacement insight, contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling in Madison WI – 608-825-4500. We are home exteriors and home improvement specialists serving the Madison WI area including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, DeForest and all of Dane County.

Call Sims Exteriors and Remodeling for insight on siding materials and siding replacement projects in Madison WI