A home's exterior siding has a significant impact on the appearance of the home, and it affects the home's energy efficiency, as well. Unfortunately, no siding material lasts forever, so siding replacement is a common home remodeling project. There are a number of suppliers who offer high-quality siding materials for sale; understanding the options from different siding manufacturers can help to reduce confusion when the time comes to choose a specific siding.
Alcoa is a well-known name in building products; the Alcoa Home Exteriors entity was sold to Ply Gem Industries in 2006. Ply Gem also owns Mastic Home Exteriors, so the Alcoa siding line has been folded into Mastic's siding products and is now marketed under the Mastic brand name. The former Alcoa siding products are made from aluminum and are sold as Performance Metals and Envoy Aluminum Siding.
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One of the largest siding manufacturers is CertainTeed, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. CertainTeed produces two types of siding materials: vinyl siding/polymer shakes and fiber cement siding. Marketed under the brand names Cedar Impressions and Northwoods, the CertainTeed siding options include shingles, shakes, half rounds, clapboard, Dutch lap, beaded, and board and batten styles.
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Georgia-Pacific is a leading manufacturer of paper and plywood products, which includes plywood siding materials. Owned by Koch Industries since 2005, Georgia-Pacific now functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Georgia-Pacific's siding is sold under the Plytanium brand name; this siding can be purchased with primer already applied so it is ready for paint or stain.
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Another well-known name in siding manufacturers is Gentek, a manufacturer of vinyl, aluminum, and steel building products. Gentek's siding products are marketed under a number of brand names, including Sequoia Select, Signature Supreme, Advantage III, Berkshire Beaded, Fairhaven Sound, Concord, Aurora, Cedarwood, Deluxe, Woodgrain Series 2000, Driftwood, SteelSide, SteelTek, and Universal.
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Crane Siding was the first manufacturer of vinyl siding products; this privately-owned company is based in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to vinyl siding, Crane produces doors, roofing products, and decking materials. Crane's vinyl siding is sold under the Exterior Portfolio and Performance Vinyl Siding brand names.
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Australia-based James Hardie Industries is another top name in siding manufacturers. James Hardie's HardiePlank fiber-cement siding is one of the most well-known siding products in the industry. Other fiber cement siding products are marketed under the HardieShingle, HardiePanel, HardieTrim, and HardieSoffit brand names.
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James River offers siding products in a multitude of materials. Their James River Exteriors business unit produces a range of building products, including vinyl, insulated vinyl, and Hardiplank siding. In addition, the company offers both natural and synthetic stucco exterior materials. Under the James River Steel business unit, steel, aluminum, and corrugated fiberglass siding products are available.
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Modulog is somewhat unique among siding manufacturers; the company produces a line of cedar log siding products that look like cedar logs but offer an easier installation experience. Modulog's products are popular with homeowners who are seeking the look of solid log siding, complete with cedar log ends that extend six inches out from each corner.
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Owens Corning sold its siding business to Saint-Gobain in 2007; Saint-Gobain now sells the former Owens Corning siding line under the Norandex brand name. The extensive product line includes vinyl shakes and siding, fiber reinforced cement, composite siding, steel siding, aluminum siding, stucco, and manufactured stone. The Norandex siding product line is distributed through a 150-branch network throughout the United States.
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Mastic sidings products were acquired by Alcoa in 1989, Alcoa was then acquired by Ply Gem in 2006. The Mastic Home exteriors line includes vinyl and aluminum siding, as well as shutters, casings, moldings, corner posts, columns, mantels, vents, and blocks. Mastic is another of several siding manufacturers who sell siding product under a number of brand names; Mastic's lines of siding include Cedar Discovery, Structure EPS, Quest, Carvedwood 44, T-Lok Barkwood, Liberty Elite, Charleston Beaded, Board + Batten, Silhouette Classic, Mill Creek, Brentwood, and Performance Metals.
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