METRO Home Improvement, Inc.
16 Harris Dr.
Marietta, GA 30067

(678) 277-9434


Atlanta home siding FAQs

What types of siding are available?

Insulated Energy Star solid core vinyl siding, Fiber Cement (Certainteed Weatherboards siding and Hardiplank siding), specialty siding, wood, aluminum, steel, hardboard, cardboard, and compressed. Each has its own features and benefits; and the advantages and disadvantages vary, as do profiles and prices.

What is Insulated ENERGY STAR Vinyl siding?

It is the most popular siding of choice. It is available as traditional siding and as thermo core insulated vinyl siding. The solid thermo core Energy Star rated product is eligible for Energy Star tax credit, up to a maximum of $500. Typical energy savings are about 20%-30%. Vinyl siding is also usually less expensive than most grades of wood siding. It retains its original look after many years and never requires painting. Today, the vinyl siding is manufactured in a wide variety of light and dark colors. High quality, thick vinyl siding with stiffeners rarely warps or breaks down, and carries a lifetime warranty. In general, the thicker the vinyl siding and the more stiffeners that reinforce it, the fewer problems the siding will develop down the road. Periodic pressure washing returns vinyl to its original appearance.

Is there a difference in siding materials?

Yes. Different materials offer various levels of quality. While higher quality materials look better, hold up better over time and provide better warranties, they are also more expensive. Products are designed by one of two methods: either with the lowest cost in mind or the highest quality and value, but never both.

What is Fiber Cement siding?

Fiber Cement siding is a composite material made of cement, sand, and natural wood fibers and is manufactured to look just like wood. However, it is more durable than wood and resists damage from water and termites. Fiber Cement siding must be primed and painted. It is usually less expensive than brick, but more expensive than vinyl or a pulp wood product such as Masonite or LP. Specialized tools and equipment are required when working with this product.

What is pulp wood siding?

It is a low-quality wood-composite product, such as Masonite or LP. Generally, it is referred to as fake wood siding and is the cheapest siding option. Real wood, such as pine, oak, and redwood, is usually much more expensive. Pulp wood siding is manufactured to resemble real wood. It is a combination of wood chips and glue, some of the wood chips used are large while others are fine grained and overlaid with a thin laminate to give a "real wood" look on the surface. Wood siding is available in lap and panel siding. Lap siding runs horizontally with each board lapping over the other; Ply wood panel siding is a 4x8 or 4x9 sheet of paneling. It was prevalent in the early 1970's.

What is Masonite or LP?

It is a low-cost siding alternative to real wood.

Does the moisture barrier protect my home if it rains during the reside process?


What is crumbling wood siding?

Many Atlanta homeowners experience major problems with wood-composite siding only a short time after installation. When this siding was introduced in the 1980s, manufacturers predicted it would last much longer than it has.

What is Stripping?

Stripping is the process of tearing off the old siding. It may not be necessary to strip the old siding before installing the new. As long as the old siding is not rotting, new vinyl siding can be put on top of it. In this case, the old siding provides added insulation. If a portion of old siding is rotting, it is often easier and more cost-effective to replace only the rotting portion of the old siding before installing the new siding.