Don't be mad! Vinyl siding?
Hi! I have a 60 year old cape cod in the midwest. We have to re-side and I have been COMPLETELY confused about our best choice. At first I was set on fiber cement but I am really not convinced anymore about how well-engineered it is. Contractors seem to either love it or hate it, one of the siding guys we called is telling us he's staying away from it now because of some class-action lawsuits in our area...even the samples at the store are broken on the corners...
We could do wood but we live in an area with termites and carpenter ants...we've already had to be treated for them.
We're looking at vinyl (I really like the look of the shakes but I only want them on the gables), I don't like the look of the lap because the reveal is so small, I want about a 6" or 7" reveal, I also don't like the "cupping" look of the vinyl...however it is very reasonable and doesn't crumble or break.
One contractor is suggesting steel but I cannot find any information on it.
Anyway, I'm sure this may have been addressed already but I'm having trouble finding a truly good option for us. Typically I really do hate vinyl but I'm beginning to think that's our only option. I wish we could have the house bricked but i know that would be way out of our budget...I am SO frustrated, it's such an expensive commitment!
Thanks for any info, advice, opinions etc.
From Stonegate Cottage