Recommending Siding Brands & Products
Heartland CedarMAX - This engineered wood siding from Heartland is one of the sturdier house siding options out there, making for straighter walls than one would typically get with a non-foam backed product. The pricing for CedarMAX amounts to approximately $2 per square foot for the product alone (there is $1 psf for extra materials and $2 psf for install. For a basic, straight-forward project it would be $5 psf total). The feature options vary for CedarMAX thanks to 17 different colors, 3 profiles, and its .050 thickness. Consumer Reports gives this product an 83 rating, which is the highest rating received for its class. It is therefore one of CR's recommendations.
Nichiha Sierra Premium - The Nichiha Sierra has aesthetic appeal as well as a sturdy design as a fiber cement siding. The Sierra Premium Smooth can come pre-primed and costs $1.60 per square foot, which is approximately twice as much as what is charged for a non-foam backed vinyl. This board is offered in a single profile and has a .50 thickness. Nichiha is known for its decent products despite having a single production plant located in Georgia and therefore can be difficult to find in certain areas some distance away. The Nichiha Sierra ranks at 76 with Consumer Reports as the highest rated product within its class, coming highly recommended from CR.
Shingles & Shakes
Cedar Impressions - The Impressions are 1" thick, placing them among the thickest and sturdiest vinyl shingles available on the market. Certainteed pricing for this product is especially higher than most at about $3.15 psf for it. Eight various styles, textures, sizes and colors are available for the Impressions series. Consumer Reports ranks it at 95, making it the highest rated product within its class and highly recommended by CR.
Royal Duraplank - For a double hem siding with foam backing, the Duraplank is a great option. It is offered in 3 profiles, 12 color choices and has a .054 thickness. You should expect it to cost around $2.10 per square foot. Consumer Reports give the Duraplank an 80 ranking, putting them in second behind the Heartland CedarMAX.