Siding isn’t what it used to be. Today, most new home builds in the Northeast include siding, and siding is even being used on historical homes. With a huge variety of colors and styles to choose from, each home has a unique look and feel.

If you are considering siding, there are some things to consider.

Why pick vinyl siding:

  • Virtually maintenance free: while most homes in the northeast typically need to be painted every 5 years, siding simply requires occasional washing. It also is resistant to rot, cracks and warps, and is immune to water damage.
  • Insulation value: siding is installed over a backerboard system. At Allstate Roofing & More, LLC that system includes a layer of breathable foam insulation.
  • Aesthetically pleasing!: While siding used to come in a limited range of colors and styles, had a “flat” look, and was prone to fade over time, those are no longer issues. In the past ten years or so, new technology has given siding an “upgrade”—allowing for a wide variety of colors and styles; an attractive finish; AND UV protection against color fade.
  • One size does not fit all: You are not limited to one color and style. You can add decorative accents, like scallops. Additionally, the type of siding (traditional, architectural, etc) will determine the size of each panel, the overall look, etc. Your home will be truly customized.
  • Warranties: Most siding comes with warranties against defect and color fade.

How is siding installed:

  • New siding can be installed directly over your existing exterior or existing siding. In some cases, existing siding will be torn off based on its condition and a variety of other factors.
  • The backerboard system will be installed; seams will be taped; and doors, windows, and other entrances will be flashed—this all works to prevent any water from entering your home.
  • A starter strip will be installed at the bottom of your home that will hold the first row of siding in place (siding is installed from the bottom up)
  • The top section of each panel is secured with large nails (typically 2 ½ inches). These nails are not visible when the siding is completely installed, and are not completely flush against the siding. This allows each panel to move. Panels will expand and contract in the heat and cold, and if panels are completely stationary, they will crack and warp.
  • Siding panels “snap” together for a seamless look. Each panel contains an S-channel which allows the next panel to directly connect to the previous.
  • Siding panels are self-leveling, ensuring that the finished look is clean and attractive.


Quality vinyl siding can last up to 100 years. If you are considering vinyl siding, let us help you talk through the options, and give you a free estimate. We can even show you a 360° view of your home with your siding options so that you know what the final result will look like before any work is done. Contact us anytime, 585-400-7663 or office@400roof.com.