Get the right siding for your Detroit home

Examine the type of home you have and your neighborhood. Detroit includes historical districts of architectural significance such as Indian Village, Boston-Edison, Arden Park, Palmer Woods and North Rosedale Park. These neighborhoods are known for homes in the Georgian and Dutch Colonial, Roman and Greek Revival, Tudor, Federal, Prairie-style, Arts and Crafts, Victorian, and Italian Renaissance styles.

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Detroit working class neighborhoods like Mexicantown, Corktown, Chaldean Town, Poletown East, Old Redford and the West Vernor-Junction area have a mix of Italianate, Romanesque, Queen Anne, Craftsman, bungalow and split-level homes. Detroit siding contractors can match your architectural style with the right product to preserve the appearance of your neighborhood.

Climate requirements for vinyl siding in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit experiences all four seasons of weather. Expect snow, rain, freezing rain, and sleet in the winter (averaging 28.1 degrees in January) and hot and humid summertime conditions (averaging 72.3 degrees in July). Detroit averages 45 inches of snow a year. Howling winds come down from Lake Erie, causing rapid changes in temperature.

For Detroit, siding manufacturer James Hardie recommends its HZ5™ product line, which resists freezing temperatures and moisture from rain, snow or ice, and offers dimensional stability during rapid expansion and contraction in fluctuating temperatures. Other manufacturers make similar severe-weather brands of siding that can match the requirements for handling Detroit weather.

Manufacturers for Detroit vinyl siding

Major manufacturing brands for vinyl siding include Mastic, Wolverine Vinyl Siding, Crane Performance Siding, Owens Corning, Vytec, James Hardie, CertainTeed and Georgia-Pacific Vinyl Siding. Among the Detroit-area retailers are home improvement stores such as Sears, Lowe's and Home Depot.

Evaluating Detroit vinyl siding contractors

Homeowners can begin their search for Detroit siding installers right here at Vinyl Siding Source. You can evaluate siding companies and contractors at the Better Business Bureau. The BBB maintains a list of consumer complaints against vinyl siding manufacturers and installers. Finally, check at the State of Michigan Consumer Protection website to see that a prospective vinyl siding contractor has a license and find out if there are any complaints on file.

With a little online research and this short list of resources, you should be able to find a great contractor to install your vinyl siding. Once you've located three or four good contractors for bids, you're ready to negotiate a deal.

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