Siding has evolved down through the decades and now the next generation of siding for the home is Amazing Plank by Amazing Siding
Siding and wall cladding is the exterior material applied to the walls of a house or other building meant to shed water, protect the walls from the effects of weather, insulate, and is a key in the aesthetics of the structure and can add value.
Siding may be formed of horizontal or vertical boards, shingles, or sheet materials. In all cases, avoiding wind and rain infiltration through the joints is a major challenge, met by overlapping, covering or sealing the joints, or by creating an interlocking joint such as a tongue and groove or rabbet. Since building materials expand and contract with changing temperature and humidity, it is not practical to make rigid joints between the siding elements so they often leak. Rainscreen construction is used to improve siding’s ability to keep walls dry.
Siding may be made of wood, metal, plastic (vinyl), masonry, or composite materials. It may be attached directly to the building structure (studs in the case of wood construction), or to an intermediate layer of wood (boards, planks, plywood, oriented strand board) called sheathing (or sheeting in some regions of the United States). An intermediate air/moisture barrier such as Housewrap or felt paper may be applied to the sheathing or a modern sheathing material also serves as an air/moisture barrier.
Some siding types are:
Thatch is an ancient and very widespread building material used on roofs and walls. Thatch siding is made with dry vegetation such as longstraw, water reeds, or combed wheat reed. The materials are overlapped and weaved in patterns designed to deflect and direct water.
Wood siding is very versatile in style and can be used on a wide variety of building structures. It can be painted or stained in any color palette desired.
Though installation and repair is relatively simple, wood siding requires more maintenance than other popular solutions, requiring treatment every four to nine years depending on the severity of the elements to which it is exposed. Ants and termites are a threat to many types of wood siding, such that extra treatment and maintenance that can significantly increase the cost in some pest-infested areas.
Wood is a moderately renewable resource and is biodegradable. However, most paints and stains used to treat wood are not environmentally friendly and can be toxic. Wood siding can provide some minor insulation and structural properties as compared to thinner cladding materials.
Clapboard. Wood siding in overlapping horizontal rows or “courses” is called clapboard, weatherboard (British English), or bevel siding which is made with beveled boards, thin at the top edge and thick at the butt. In colonial North America, Eastern white pine was the most common material. Wood siding can also be made of naturally rot-resistant woods such as redwood or cedar.
Drop siding. Jointed horizontal siding (also called “drop” siding or novelty siding) may be shiplapped or tongue and grooved (though less common). Drop siding comes in a wide variety of face finishes, including Dutch Lap (also called German or Cove Lap) and log siding (milled with curve).
Wood sheet siding or Plywood sheet siding is sometimes used on inexpensive buildings, sometimes with grooves to imitate vertical shiplap siding. One example of such grooved plywood siding is the type called Texture 1-11. There is also a product known as reverse board-and-batten RBB that looks similar but has deeper grooves. Some of these products may be thick enough and rated for structural applications if properly fastened to studs. Both T-11 and RBB sheets are quick and easy to install as long as they are installed with compatible flashing at butt joints.
Vinyl (plastic) siding. Since plastic siding is a manufactured product, it may come in unlimited color choices. Historically vinyl sidings would fade, crack and buckle over time, requiring the siding to be replaced. However, newer vinyl options have improved and resist damage and wear better. Vinyl siding is sensitive to direct heat from grills, barbecues or other sources. Unlike wood, vinyl siding does not provide additional insulation for the building, unless an insulation material (e.g., foam) has been added to the product. Vinyl siding often has visible seam lines between panels and generally do not have the quality appearance of wood, brick, or masonry.
Siding has improved over the decades since its introduction in the 1950s as a replacement for aluminum siding. Siding has become a preferred home exterior choice for many new construction homes and for home remodeling. It remains a staple where home improvements are concerned. A new industry siding improvement, plank siding, has emerged as the next generation in home exterior siding.
Amazing Plank. is a unique blend of beauty and performance with fewer seams, bold colors and superior installation requirements. Amazing Plank’s unique engineering process allows for a stronger panel with a length that straightens and conceals any dips or contours on exterior walls. It smooths out flaws on a home, and with its beautiful appearance of freshly painted wood, makes any home clad with it, the jewel of the neighborhood! You can find out more about Amazing Plank Siding by calling Amazing Siding in Kansas City, KS. Our number is 816.800.9844. When you call us, one of our knowledgeable representatives will be able to assist you and answer your questions about considering Amazing Plank by Amazing Siding for your own home’s exterior.