As a home owner I work hard to try and keep up my home in great shape. As you look at the outside of my home you might say that there are no problems with it, but as you get closer you see imperfections and small issues that start to compound over the years. Lately, my wife and I have grown concerned about our siding. Our home is not too old, only being 16 years old, but the vinyl siding that we have on the home is completely washed out in color, especially because of the fact that we have a large portion of the home that is facing south and west, so a large portion of the home has really gotten hit hard by the sun. We also have a section of the back of the home that has cracked and has lost a section of the vinyl and it cannot be repaired, and if we replace it, the color cannot be matched.
Also, in the front of the home, at some point in the past, people used spray paint on a windy day and there are many splatters that will not come off no matter what we try. All of these reasons alone have made us think hard about changing the siding and even changing the color.
As I considered siding for my own home, I had to do my research, as there was so many options. I mean I could stay with vinyl and have similar issues that we have had in the past, or I could look at other options. This was a similar process to what my wife and I did when we looked into decking materials this summer as well. In starting this research, I knew about concrete board, aluminum and wood, but as I did my research I found out about a new product that intrigued me called APEX which is a fiberglass siding product. To get more information about this product I checked out website and then called over to a dealer in Southeast Detroit that I was aware of, Performance Fiberglass, in Shelby Township. When I talked to the representative there I was drawn in by his enthusiasm for the product. He talked about the strength and told me to watch the below videos that really show the strength of the product itself.
In watching these videos I have to say that I loved the idea of being able to have things hitting the siding without concern of it cracking (like the hole I have in the back of my siding now).
I also asked about how well it holds up to the weather. I have a very exposed home and we get high winds and when it rains it really hits the house hard and when it snows, I know that we get a ton of contracting with the current siding that we have. First off, I learned about the water management system that APEX has created (See below).
Beyond the strength and the water system, I loved that there were a ton of colors too with this product. You all saw the picture of my house, and you can see that is quite neutral. That being said, J-mom and I have really wanted to add color to this and also possibly widen the size of the overall boards themselves. APEX offers both four inch and seven inch wide boards.
J-Mom and I loved the Mount Etna color, though as you can see there are a ton of other colors too. APEX brings forth an acrylic finish that is not something that I saw when comparing the other possible siding options for my family. The only challenge that I know we might have is convincing the neighborhood association to allow us to have a color like this as in our association bylaws we are supposed to have a neutral color. With that in mind, if we could not get this color approved we probably would select clay, earthtone or earl gray. We also loved the wood grain, as we currently have a smooth vinyl and having some grain to the siding would greatly change our style which is what we really want to do.
As we considered APEX versus fiber cement board and vinyl, we quickly wrote off vinyl due to the lack of strength in general and the overall ability to last longer. For us that left fiber cement board and APEX. Why did we whittle it down to these? Well, for us, we based our decision-making on a few factors. My wife and I were both looking at a product that would give us durability, color and the ability to stand up well to sustained heating and cooling, especially from where I live and how our home is situated. We loved looking at the below graph and even though we did not consider all of the products (due to their availability), we did find that we were most impressed with APEX in regards to the products that we considered.
There were a few other issues that brought us to wanting to select APEX over other options and the below image that I found really solidified this. The one last thing that also is on the below image that was also very cool was that APEX is a “Green” Siding. Of the siding that we looked into we loved that it is sustainable and that it really does not take much to keep this siding looking great. With the fact that the siding fits so snugly together I no longer have to worry as much about bugs or other creatures getting behind the siding as I have had to with our vinyl siding either. All of these facts have been reasons that we have come to the final conclusion that we really want to set aside the money to move toward using this product when we can.
My wife and I are sold. We have done our research and we love what we see with APEX. I will mention that yes, it is a bit more than what you would spend on vinyl and somewhat comparable to concrete board once it is all installed, but for all of the factors that I mention above we have come to find that the additional expense is definitely worth it and in the end we will end up having a beautiful looking home that will stay looking great and that will safeguard our home for many years to come! On top of this, one additional added bonus that I did not mention was the fact that APEX offers a limited lifetime warranty that covers so much more for the life of your home! I highly encourage all of you to check out APEX for yourself. I do not think you will be disappointed – http://www.apexsiding.com/
One great deal that is happening right now is that Window Pro in Metro Detroit, which is another dealer of APEX, is offering some great deals on any purchase, including APEX. Currently they are offering $200 off per square plus 12 Months same as cash. Offer ends 12-14-14! Talk about saving money!
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