Cladding/Siding

(EIFS has its own page.)

Aluminum siding meets an asphalt shingle roof.

Wood shingle siding.

Useful Links:

1. General: "Siding Choices" is an excellent introduction to siding. Available on the Green Building Advisor website.

2. General: "Wall Systems" is a great introductory article on, yes, wall systems. Explains cavity walls, wall drainage, cladding attachment, and much, much more. Available at the Whole Building Design Guide site, which is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences

3. GeneralAluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings (the Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings) is worth taking a look at. The article is from 1984 and available on the US National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website.

4. Aluminum SidingSee this installation guide for insight into how an aluminum siding system is put together. Available on the Menards website.

5. Stucco: The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco is an outstanding article which is also worth reading as an introduction to stucco in general. The article is from 1990 and available on the US National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website.

6. Terra-Cotta: "The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta" is a useful resource available on the US National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website; take note that the article is from 1979 and some technological references may be out of date.

7. Vinyl SidingSee this installation guide for insight into how a vinyl siding system is put together. This excellent guide is provided by the Home Depot.

8. Wood Siding (cedar clapboards): See this installation guide for insight into how a wood clapboard siding system is put together. This well-made guide is provided by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

9. Wood Siding (cedar shakes and shingles): See this installation guide for insight into how a wood shake or shingle siding system is put together. This thorough guide is provided by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau.

10. See here for a list of cladding and siding manufacturers.