Jun 08, 2012

Our Guide to Understanding Popular Siding Options

The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements 24 hours a day 365 days a year so choosing the correct siding to fit your needs is something that deserves research and an educated decision. According to Remodeling Magazine investing in new siding can be an excellent choice in terms of ROI. The cost of siding in terms of resale value recouped is 69% in the Midwest. The type of siding you choose for your home not only will determine the cost associated with it, but also the aesthetic appeal you are striving for. 

There are many different siding materials on the market today to choose from.  Allow us to weigh in on the differences between popular siding materials.

Steel Siding

Metal is the most durable and strong siding product on the market today. It does not shift overtime or absorb moisture. It is resistant to bumps, dents and dings that any of the other siding products will endure. Since you are dealing with a steel product the possibility of rust is possible, but most unlikely. This would only be caused if your product was installed incorrectly where the edges were not covered. Steel siding is essentially maintenance free by just needing an occasional power wash to rid it of dirt. Since the invention of seamless steel siding, it is hard to compare this amazing product to any other.  

We would recommend using SeasonGuard Steel Siding. It will last a lifetime due to being made out of 26 gauge seamless steel and is 20 percent thicker than other seamless siding. It is beautiful, durable and energy efficient. It comes in over 50 different colors with a 35 year non-prorated finish warranty against fading, chipping and cracking.

red steel siding home

LP® SmartSide®

When compared to fiber cement siding, LP® SmartSide® is easier to install because it does not require product specific equipment.  When water comes in contact with it, it beads up, rather than absorbing it.  It wins favor with homeowners for being impact resistant.  In terms of warranties, the company offers a category leading 50/50 warranty which provides a five year, 100% labor and replacement feature as well as a 50-year prorated product warranty.  

In terms of aesthetics, LP® SmartSide® comes in 16’ lengths, which minimizes seams.  We appreciate that three of their mills are located in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Innovation is top-of-mind for the company, as evidenced by their introduction of Diamond-Kote™ pre-finishing which comes in limitless colors and has iron-clad warranties against fading.
house with LP Siding


Available in an array of classic looks, CraneBoard® vinyl siding works well with stone and shake accents.  The triple-width, insulated span bridges structural imperfections, producing an immaculate appearance.  The milled cedar-grain texture, straight face and deep shadows of the 6″ and 7″ profiles give your house a strong, authoritative presence. For the environmentally conscious homeowner, CraneBoard® scores points for its ability to insulate a home, reducing energy costs.  In addition, the team at CraneBoard® is committed to eco-friendly manufacturing and product development practices.  Focus points include emissions reductions, recycling, and water and energy conservation.

CraneBoard vinyl siding house

Wood Siding

Wood siding has been used on homes for hundreds of years. Wood is a natural insulator so it will help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A big benefit in using wood siding is that it is a renewable resource unlike many of the other siding options available on the market.
wood shingle siding on home

This type of siding does require a lot of maintenance to protect it from the elements so painting and staining this product every 4-5 years is essential to avoid rotting, warping, cracking or splitting.  It’s imperative to know that wood siding must be properly sealed during the installation process or dry rot can occur.  

Multiple wood siding options exist and they include:


Clapboards are long rectangular boards that are squared off and installed on your home overlapping in a horizontal manner.

Shingles & Shake:

Wood shingle siding is very similar to roofing shingles except they are installed on the sides of your home. The shingles are wedge shaped and shakes are basically the same thing except they are thicker.

Wood Composite

Wood composite siding is a mixture of wood chips, glue and other types of debris that are compressed to make sturdy boards. It tends to be similar to plywood.

For more information about the siding options we offer and our siding installation services, contact us today. Our team of professionals is ready to serve you.

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"Lindus Construction did two projects for us: a siding project around the garage door and installing new gutters with LeafGuard®. Both teams were very professional and kept me informed on their progress. They were professional, courteous and on time while performing very high quality work. Very pleased with the work and highly recommend Lindus Construction."

Darold J.
Wayzata, MN
October 18, 2023

"From sales to customer service phone calls to installation, we had a pretty great experience with Lindus.  Gabe and his crew worked a siding project for us and we couldn't be happier with their work.  They were professional and cleaned up after themselves.  We look forward to not only finishing the siding with Lindus but also working with them on future projects."

Amy J.
Carver, MN
October 1, 2023

"The teams that installed our siding and replacement gutters did a great job and were hard workers. They completed the job in a timely manner, were respectful to our property, cleaned up well and thoroughly completed all of the requested tasks. Ben West helped solve several unique issues that came up during our siding installation and is an all-around great guy. Our sales guy, Jake Calleja, was always responsive and on top of everything. And, gave great design advice as well! Very happy with the results of this project." 

Nancy M.
Burnsville, MN
August 27, 2023

"Very pleased with work completed by Lindus. Lucas was very thorough in pulling together the estimate and siding/roofing work met our expectations. The crews also did a good job cleaning up the work site once their work was done. Would definitely recommend them."

Mary M.
Woodbury, MN
June 25, 2023

"We had Lindus install new LP SmartSide® and SeasonGuard Windows.  A great installation by professional crews. We could not be happier. Sure glad we went with Lindus!"

Mark S.
Brooklyn Park, MN
June 20, 2023

"Our house needed new gutters and a new roof. Jake Calleja from Lindus came to our home to evaluate what we needed. He was very professional and thorough. The crews that did the work were very professional and efficient.  This winter we were concerned about ice in our gutters. We called Jake at the start of a business day and by 10:00 there was a service person here to check it out.  We will definitely use Lindus and Jake for any future roof, siding or window needs."

Shannah P.
Bloomington, MN
May 25, 2023
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