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New Siding? Explore Siding Materials and Accessories

Choosing the right exterior siding for your home is a big decision. You need to consider your home’s aesthetic.  Also the durability, cost and necessary maintenance of the siding you choose. You may even need to consider the accessories that complement your siding. one common accessories are trim, shutters, stone accents and more. When you explore siding materials and accessories for your home you need to arm yourself with some knowledge.

That’s where we come in. Seiffert Building Supplies has a full line of siding materials and accessories for your home. Let us help you weigh the differences as they relate to your style, curb appeal, time you have to put in for maintenance and your budget. Here we lay out the important details to help you make the right decision as you explore your siding materials and accessories options.

Explore Your Options for Siding Material and Accessories

Choosing the right siding on your homes exterior can be overwhelming. There are so many details to consider, as mentioned above. In addition to the look of your siding, how it holds up to the wear and tear of our Quad Cities seasonal weather and the cost and return on investment you want to consider the insulating properties of the siding materials and accessories as well.


Siding, also known as cladding, comes in a variety of options. One of the most popular and easy-to-care-for siding materials and accessories is vinyl. Vinyl cladding is available in hundreds of color and style options. You can go for the traditional horizontal type or the vertical style which is a popular option n for farmhouse style homes. Vinyl siding materials and accessories provide excellent insulation.

The accessories include everything from soffits to gutters, shutters, trim and mounting blocks for your outdoor lighting. Maintenance-wise vinyl is one of the easier care siding materials and accessories. Beyond seasonal hosing off, with plain old water or a cleaner designed for cleaning vinyl siding, there’s very little maintenance involved with vinyl cladding. Vinyl requires a flat surface to install. If you’re replacing your current siding the installation will involve removal of your siding and the addition of foam board to ensure a flat nailing surface. So be aware of the additional labor and cost involved. Also you can’t paint vinyl siding  so choose a color you can live with for decades to come.

Engineered Wood Siding Materials and Accessories

Engineered wood is fast becoming a preferred choice among siding materials and accessories for Quad Cities Homeowners. The manufacturer creates this product from wood scraps such as sawdust, bound in a binding agent to create a highly durable and good looking composite. In fact it looks identical to wood, Engineered wood cladding comes in a wide variety of styles and is a less expensive option than natural wood siding. There’s some required maintenance such as painting and weatherproofing should you not opt for the factory finish some manufacturers offer. You can hand cut engineered wood and it is more weather resistant and insulating than natural wood.

Natural Wood Siding

Wood siding is still a very popular option as it has been for centuries. It’s typically made from cedar, pine, spruce, cypress or redwood with cedar and redwood bringing their resistance to rot and insect damage into the mix. Natural woods require a bit more labor on installation and going forward with maintenance and repairs.

Wood siding is the least insulating option however you can upgrade the moisture barrier material to boost your insulation. There are several different styles and ways to install your wood siding materials and accessories that give your home a unique aesthetic and tons of curb appeal. Here are the top three types of wood siding styles.



Your installation team installs bevel siding horizontally onto a flat surface like vinyl siding. Your installation process includes the addition of moisture proofing material between the plywood used for the flat surface and the wood siding. The finishing process requires staining, painting, and caulking. In order to prevent weather from degrading and damaging your wood siding materials and accessories require regular maintenance. This includes painting and caulking. 

Shakes and Shingles

This is a very unique aesthetic. Machine or sometimes hand cut shakes are made from blocks of wood called bolts. They are a good bit thicker than shingles and they are often not uniform in size, creating a more rustic appearance than the thinner and more uniform shingles. Shakes and shingles are typically made if redwood or red cedar installed, like the bevel siding, over a flat plywood with a moisture barrier between the two. Shake and shingles with are finished with the application of a stain or paint and caulking. Just as other wood siding materials and accessories shake and shingles both require periodic maintenance.

Board and Batten

Board and batten siding is having a heyday right now. Long an American favorite this farmhouse aesthetic,  you create it by placing narrow strips of cedar or pine between larger planks of wood to cover the seams of the larger boards. The wood siding is installed vertically in the classic style. The effect is both charming and traditional. As with other wood siding installation is done over plywood with a moisture barrier and requires the usual upkeep of painting and caulking. 

Overwhelmed? Contact Us!

At Seiffert Building Supplies we know just how big a decision it is to add value and curb appeal to your home with siding materials and accessories. Don’t let the decision overwhelm you. Contact Seiffert Building Supplies today and let’s find the perfect new siding to complement your home.