Siding Suggestions for My New Home?

Siding Suggestions for My New Home?

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Janel Laban
Nov 9, 2009

Q: I'm about to reside in an 50+ year old, 800 square foot house (larger photo below). While I would love to side the house with real cedar shingles, it is too expensive and perhaps not the best siding for a Midwest climate. I hate the idea of supporting the poisonous vinyl industry (please see the documentary Blue Vinyl at www.bullfrogfilms.com) I don't have any choice due to budgetary restrictions. All that aside, what color and type of siding would you recommend for this little homestead nestled in the burbs of Chicago?

The front door bump out (see blue circle) is being eliminated to accommodate the renovation. In lieu of the little bump out white posts will be placed accordingly to support the small overhang. The windows in the photo will also be replaced with white vinyl windows and frames - sorry more vinyl! Recommendations for roofing will also be considered.

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