Exterior Siding Has a Tough Job to do in Minnesota’s Tough Climate

Considering how much surface area of your home it covers, exterior siding can be considered just as important, if not more important, than roofing for keeping water out. Especially in the harsh range of weather conditions we see here in Minnesota. There’s quite a bit of overlap between roofing and exterior siding’s purposes and in terms of function and in terms of maintenance. Luckily, just like with a roof, it is generally pretty clear when siding needs to be addressed.

Most signs of degraded siding can be noticed at a glance. Fading, rotting boards, and frequently chipping, cracking, or bubbling paint are two such examples. However, other indicators are not quite as obvious and require closer forms of examination. For instance, the paint job might be staying intact, but a quick poke around with a screwdriver or a finger might reveal that the material underneath is going soft and that rot or mold is present.

diagram of how much moisture it takes to rot or mold housing substrate
Diagram of how much moisture it takes to rot or mold housing substrate.

It is also important to understand that siding, just like roofing, helps insulate your house, and regulate its temperature. If you notice that heating or cooling the house is becoming more difficult, or that your energy bills are increasing for no apparent reason, you may want to have an exterior siding contractor checked out your home.

exterior siding ventilation diagram
Exterior siding ventilation diagram.

When getting your siding replaced, there will be a range of materials available with which to do so. Wood, which may be what you have already depending on the age of the structure, will give a good look to your house. However, just like your roofing, your siding is intended to take a beating from the elements. As such, wood siding requires considerable maintenance, so you may want to opt for a more durable material. Two popular materials that fit the bill are vinyl and aluminum. Each is much more durable than wood, and vinyl in particular is on the more affordable end, but each has its own caveats. Aluminum can experience oxidation, resulting in fading and colored runoff, while vinyl is vulnerable to cracking in the bitter conditions of winter. However, treatments and textures are available for both that can help to mitigate these issues to help keep the water barrier intact.

diagram of exterior siding repelling rain
Diagram of exterior siding repelling rain.

If none of those seem appealing, there is another popular option available: cement siding. While on the more expensive side of siding, it earns its price point. As the name would suggest, it is highly durable, but it imitates the appearance of wood siding, and is produced from recycled materials. To top that all off, it is also low maintenance, so if it fits your budget, it should certainly be considered. The material you choose to run with will ultimately come down to your preferences, but a good contractor will be able to help you consider your options thoroughly.

The Top Three Siding Materials Used on MN Homes

Here’s some advice from a siding contractor to help you determine what is best for you and your home.

One of the most dramatic ways to make a lasting change to the exterior of your home is to replace the siding. While the change will be immediate and refreshing, the benefits can be equally as impressive.

When vinyl siding first became widely available in the 1950’s, there were very few choices and even fewer colors. Today, siding is available in a number of materials and every imaginable color and texture. From bargain basement thin white vinyl siding to durable and intricately textured premium metal siding that will last a lifetime. Siding can fit any style, any climate, and any budget.

All Son’s Exteriors has over 30 years of experience as professional siding contractors. We know the siding industry inside and out! We can help you find the best material for you at a price that complements your home. What’s more, our quality installation services are unmatched in the Twin Cities and greater MN.

Here is a quick list of some of the most popular siding materials available today. They will all sound very familiar, yet the benefits and applications may surprise you.


Vinyl siding became the first competitor to the more traditional wood siding. This space-age material was originally thin, brittle, was prone to discoloration, and had a lifespan of around 10 years. On the other hand, it was a very economical way to reside your home and give it a brand new look.

That was then, this is today. Your options for vinel siding are now vastly improved. It is available in heavier thicknesses, comes in many colors that can withstand the heat of the sun, and are much more durable than ever before. Also, you can get it “textured” to look like wood, for example. Vinyl is still the cost leader when it comes to dollar per installed foot.

Example of Vinyl siding in MN
Example of Vinyl siding in MN


Aluminum siding has technically been available longer than vinyl siding. The cost of vinyl siding is what created the entire industry and made it popular among homeowners. Aluminum has many advantages over vinyl. Like vinyl, aluminum is available in various thicknesses. It is resistant to cracking. It comes in many colors and textures and can be easily painted. In high traffic areas, aluminum can be prone to denting and damage. These areas can be easily maintained with procedures as simple as touch-up paint, to replacing siding panels. There is a lot of flexibility with aluminum at a higher price providing greater value.

Example of MN exterior siding contractor aluminum siding
Example of MN exterior siding contractor aluminum siding

Steel siding is most certainly the premium material out of these three. It provides the ease of installation, the flexibility of shapes and textures and can be easily painted. It is the most durable of the three. Able to withstand not only the heat and the sun, high traffic areas, and also the extreme weather we often find here in Minnesota.

Example of MN exterior siding contractor steel siding
Example of MN exterior siding contractor steel siding

All Son’s Exteriors has decades of professional installation and services experience with all kinds of siding in Lakeville MN. Call us today at  952-469-5221 or email us at allsonsexteriors@gmail.com and speak with one of our installation experts. Let us help you decide on the best material for your family, for your home, and for you.