Harris is a leader in Chicago for new and replacement siding installation services. We offer the best materials from big name brands, and at competitive prices. Our vendors include Alside, Ply Gem, Royal, and others.
Our siding company understands the need to preserve the exterior of your home and can offer premier installation and even siding repair services in Chicagoland's Western & Northern Suburbs (including Barrington, IL) to ensure aesthetic satisfaction and the maximum longevity for your home. Our team can assist in the design and scope of your siding project.
We offer the following styles, types, and materials for our siding installation and replacement.
Wood clapboard is often imitated using vinyl siding and usually produced in units twice as high as clapboard. Vinyl imitations of wood shingle and wood shakes also exist. Vinyl siding has grown in popularity due to the low maintenance, minimal cost and unlimited color choices it offers. It is among the easiest forms of siding to install, making it the top choice for many new home builders today. 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.
Insulated vinyl siding has emerged as a new replacement siding category in recent years. Considered an improvement over vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding is custom fit with expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) that is fused to the back of the siding, which fills the gap between the home and the siding. In addition to reducing energy consumption, insulated vinyl siding is a durable exterior product, designed to last more than 50 years, according to manufacturers. The foam provides rigidity for a more ding- and wind-resistant siding, maintaining a quality look for the life of the products.
Wood cedar siding is very versatile in style and can be used on a wide variety of homes in any color palette desired. Though installation is relatively simple, wood cedar siding requires more maintenance than other popular siding, requiring treatment every four to nine years depending on the severity of the weather elements. Ants and termites are also a threat to many types of wood siding.
Metal siding comes in a variety of metals, styles, and colors. Corrugated aluminium cladding is also common where a more durable finish is required. Aluminum siding is ideal for homes in coastal areas (with lots of moisture and salt), since aluminium reacts with air to form aluminium oxide, an extremely hard coating that seals the aluminium surface from further degradation. In contrast, steel forms rust, which looks ugly and can weaken the structure of the material, and corrosion-resistant coatings for steel, such as zinc, sometimes fail around the edges as years pass. However, an advantage of steel siding can be its dent-resistance, which is excellent for regions with severe storms—especially if the area is prone to hail.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement is a composite material made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. Fiber cement siding most often consists of overlapping horizontal boards, imitating wood siding, clapboard and imitation shingles. Fiber cement siding is also manufactured in a sheet form and is used not only as cladding but is also commonly used as a soffit-eave lining and as a tile underlay on decks and in bathrooms. The external cladding products require very little maintenance once installed and painted. The thicker/denser fiber cement products have excellent impact resistance but the thinner, less dense products need to be protected from impact. Compared to wood siding, fiber cement siding is not susceptible to termites or rot.
Stone Veneer is used to as a protective and decorative covering for exterior or interior horizontal walls and surfaces. The veneer is typically 1 inch thick and must weigh less than 15 lbs. per square foot so that no additional structural supports will be required. Stone veneer can be made from natural stone or manufactured stone. Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected i.e. Fieldstone, or from quarried stone. The stone is created so that it is a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. This stone is often called thin stone veneer. Manufactured stone veneer is a decorative building material manufactured to replicate the look of natural stone.
Insurance Restoration for Homes
Our extensive experience with major insurance companies resulting from storm, wind or hail damage to your siding includes over 1,000 homeowner claims. Harris Exteriors will assess the siding damage, provide free written estimates and work with the insurance company to provide the best service, and we will be sure to walk you through the process. With qualified VSI Certified Siding Installers who are certified in lead-safe work practices (EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm), we can do the siding replacement project right!