siding choices for home with active boys
Greetings, we have a colonial 2 story home with an attached 2 car garage, currently sporting aluminum siding. Over the years the siding on the back of the garage, next to the clear part of the yard, has gotten progressively dented from all their play, especially baseballs. I finally found a large portable net 2 years ago that is about 10 feet tall by 20 feet wide to protect that part of the house. However, it is not the easiest thing to get up and down once in a while I catch them playing without it. I don't make a big deal of it now because the siding in that area is already so damaged that a few more dings won't make much difference. The rest of the house is fine.
We are ready to reside the house now. We have a middle class 1979 Garrison colonial tract home in a nice neighborhood. The siding of choice in this area is vinyl unless the houses have their original wood siding from the early 70's. All the vinyl siding seems to be about 4 inches height so I don't think they have insulated vinyl.
I have an estimate for Certainteed Monogram .046, 4 inches height m at about $11k (contractor 1 who will be doing my addition), and insulated 6 inch high Alside Prodigy .046 at about $18k, both including metal trim (contractor 2, dedicated siding/exterior renovation company).I am favoring the monogram but would like sturdier siding on the area behind the ball area, so asked contractor 1 if I could upgrade to insulated siding just behind the ball area. He replied that it had to be applied to the whole house since the thickness and lap were different.
Is there any solution that would allow me to use the noninsulated vinyl siding on most of the house but get a stiffer board just for the ball area? I have looked at LP Smartside and Hardiplank as well but they are 6 inches height and would not match the 4 inch high monogram. I am thinking that if the thickness worked, I would not mind the difference in height much if I could get it painted the same color as the vinyl and some sort of transition strip between then.
I will try to post a picture later. The siding on the back of the garage currently flows into the rest of the house without dividing trim.