It Is All about Improvements: Tips for a Right Siding

Are you about to start another nice home improvement adventure? If so, FinishBuild feels excited to help you reach the right home siding project you have been waiting for; by reading this article you will find some useful information related to the features that siding materials need to perform, the most suitable siding materials as well as some of the common exterior siding house paint problems that people face so you will be aware of how to fix them. The proper siding can effectively boost your house’s appearance, not to mention the incredible value it adds to your home. When it comes to improve the siding of your house, it is essential to pick the approach that best suits the exterior of your house; it is true that depending on the siding material chosen, we can change colors and accessories, but let’s be honest, you do not want to repaint, restain or any of those home projects that take a lot of time. We are sure you rather want something that looks good from day one for many years to come.

How to choose the right siding?

In FinishBuild we would like you to take this article as a guide to exterior siding choices, which will help you have a clearer perspective and pick only the ones that go the distance for your house. The following are some basic issues to consider:

Water resistance

Pay close attention to this feature in you siding materials; because water- resistant types of siding have definitely longer life spans.


Regarding this issue, it is really important to analyze in details if the siding material you are considering for your house has the strength to resist temperature shifts that will be present in your local climate, and how the material stand up to everyday wear and tear.

Installation that is not too complicated

Thinking of DIYers, in case you are installing the siding on your own, we totally support you but please make sure it is within your skill set.

Energy efficiency

Checking the R value rating for energy savings will be a great idea, in order to be sure about what will be needed as far as insulation beneath the cladding.


Since it will be a feature of your house that will be notice in full view as you come and go, strive to make it as beautiful and stylish as possible.


Based on this, it is necessary that the siding has the versatility to meet the needs of your project; this means that if there are some aspects of your home’s exterior that will need using a particular type of siding, be aware of the added costs or necessary adjustments that will be needed.

Most common siding materials

Considering how house siding can improve your home’s curb appeal; in FinishBuild we have selected various home siding options with their features, pricing and maintenance suggestions.

Wood siding

One of the oldest option for home siding, wood clapboard looks beautiful on older and historic homes, and is available in a wide variety of styles, textures and finishes; additionally, board siding also comes in a plywood version called T-111. On the other hand, we might mention that this is not a low maintenance choice since often requires painting and caulking; this is perhaps why people decide to replace it with aluminum or vinyl siding, what makes it loose the charm and detail of the wood. However if your plan is owning a home siding that looks gorgeous in wood, you need to know that painted finishes require good exterior painting reparations, but you can also opt for stained finished which usually require lower maintenance. About the costs of this type of siding, they vary depending on the type of wood species and exterior finish, but it is generally moderate in price; T- 111 is least expensive.

Aluminum siding

This is a durable siding material that comes in a board range of styles such as horizontal and vertical panels as well as textures including wood shake or shingle style. The downsides of this material are that lacks the ability of detailed trim work and it is also prone to denting and being noisy. Regarding prices, it is worth to mention that is generally moderate in price however, vinyl or plastic aluminum is expensive. Aluminum siding is low maintenance, and as a note we have to mention that denting is a common problem with this option.

Vinyl siding

It comes in strips and has perforated holes at the top for fastening into the exterior wall, it also comes with interlocking flanges top and bottom in order to seal against weather. Vinyl siding installation needs to be done carefully; otherwise the siding will warp or buckle. About maintenance, will be an excellent pick since won’t need painting as color is solid throughout the vinyl siding, and what’s more; if cracked, that only siding section can be repaired or replaced. The cost range is lower, actually les than aluminum.

Cement fiber siding

Considered as one of the latest development in residential siding, cement fiber is durable and what we really love about it is the fact that is made from recyclable materials so it’s earth friendly. Furthermore, this type of siding comes primed or pre- finished and is not subject to rot or insect damage, another great feature of it is that emulates a natural wood grain, which helps it to provide a natural design detail for your home. Cement fiber siding is very low maintenance, actually is virtually maintenance free.

Common exterior siding house paint problems


These are medium sized bubbles under the paint film, mostly common on wood siding and trim. Among the potential causes we have considered: painting in direct sunlight, which traps solvent vapor as the pain dries quickly, or due to house moisture escaping through the walls because of the improper house ventilation.

What you can do

Scrape away blistered paint and sand to bare wood.

Allow wood to completely dry.

Sand, prime and paint in non direct sunlight as well as non- humid conditions.

We recommend you to use high quality latex paint to solve this problem.

Repair any loose or missing caulking around windows and doors.

Think of providing siding ventilation.


As you may know it, mildew is a fungus that feeds and grows on the paint film and is characterized by its grey, brown or green spots. The main cause of this problem is due to the combination of moisture, poor ventilation and lack of direct sunlight.

How to solve this?

Make sure to wear eye protection, rubber gloves; scrub with a trisodium phosphate cleaning solution the affected area.

Allow the solution set on the cleaned area for a couple of minutes.

Wash with clean water.

Rinse the cleaned area with a detergent solution and wash again.

Let fully dry and paint with a high quality latex house paint.

Peeling paint

This is a very common paint problem in home’s siding; sometimes is caused either by moisture or poor adhesion. Poor adhesion is due by the paint peeling and separating from an earlier paint layer; other potential causes can be related to applying oil based paint over a wet surface, or maybe lower quality paint used in the painting process.

How to repair it?

Scrap old peeling paint and spot prime bare area.

Caulk with an appropriate caulking product.

Repaint with high quality acrylic latex house paint.

Protect your home from weather and give it a new appearance…you start, we Finish!