Siding refers to the protective material that is attached to the exterior side of your home. It acts as your home’s primary defense against bad weather together with your roof. People have been installing siding for centuries. Today, Twin Cities Siding Professionals, a James Hardie® siding expert, talks about the history of siding:
Early Siding Materials
At first, people clad their homes in whatever material was locally available. For example, thatch was a widespread material used by to build walls and roofs. It was made of dry vegetation like water reeds or longstraw. In time, people used wood siding on a wide variety of building structures. There are many different types of wood siding, including vertical boards, clapboards and shingles.
Classic Siding Materials
Wood siding was incredibly popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Wood siding repair and replacement weren’t a problem because wood was easy to obtain. Brick and stone were used as well. Brick can be made in any area with clay, and it was easy enough to manufacture right on the place where a home was being built. Stone can also be found whenever farmers cleared their fields of obstructions. In this period, sheltering one’s family from the weather was more important than conserving natural resources.
Modern Siding Materials
During the mid-1900s, several siding material options were developed to meet modern home needs. Jerome Kaufman introduced aluminum siding with a baked-on color finish in 1947. Vinyl siding made its way into the marketplace in the 1960s. It was low maintenance, making it an attractive option for homeowners. Fiber cement siding was introduced during the mid-1980s. It quickly gained a reputation for its realistic wood-like appearance and great durability.
We install James Hardie siding for our customers because of its exceptional weather performance and beautiful colors. It looks great on any kind of home, and James Hardie designed it to excel under the specific weather conditions in our area. Call us at (651) 967-0873 to learn more about our services and products. We serve St. Paul and nearby areas.