Replacement siding Q&A with Preferred Exteriors President Duane Poole

What are your Favorite products for residing an existing home and why?


We use a variety of products so we can offer something for every customer’s budget and specific home needs. Some styles of siding are more appropriate than others depending on house build type and surrounding homes.


My personal favorites are James Hardie cement board siding and our Prodigy insulated vinyl siding.

What factors make those your favorite?

Let me start with james hardie first.

First thing that comes to mind is the factory applied paint finish with a 30 year non prorated warranty.

Second as this is the closest cosmetic thing you can get to real wood siding without the maintenance.

Third is the ability to repaint this product in a different color at any time is also huge for me. The freedom to give your home a simple facelift by changing colors of paint and trim is something you just do not get with vinyl siding.

4 th Impact resistance is also so important in the Syracuse and surrounding areas. You never know when a rock from a Syracuse snow plow, a neighbor’s snow blower or your own lawnmower might cause impact. We see so much run of the mill vinyl siding with holes in it or slightly different colors where repairs have been made.

5th One thing also often under looked is things like carpenter bees which are quite common in Syracuse do not burrow in James hardie siding either.

6th Support during and after the sales is huge and James hardie has a rep that covers all of Syracuse including east in areas like Manlius and Fayetteville. It’s not uncommon for James Hardie rep and myself to go on sales calls together in Manlius and Syracuse.

I could go on, but those are what I think would be very important things to the consumer.


Ok. That was great. You mentioned Prodigy vinyl siding as well?

Yes. Prodigy is an insulated vinyl siding that I love.

1st and foremost is cosmetics. Because of the actual thickness of the panel and the foam backing we can offer a panel that has a 6” clapboard style reveal. Many times that’s identical width to the wood siding we are removing. Manlius has almost 100% 6’ reveal clapboard on the existing wood sided houses there.

2nd is length and panel projection :Prodigy comes standard in 16’ 8” panel lengths, most homes in Syracuse, Manlius , Liverpool etc that have vinyl siding are the standard 10-12’ length panels. The longer panel leaves less seams. Panel projection is most of the time identical to real wood and creates those appealing shadow lines that real wood houses have during daylight hours.

3rd Impact resistant Prodigy is much like the James Hardie project in terms of impact resistance. It is the most impact resistant siding we offer and I believe available to us in the Syracuse region. Because of the rigid foam backing it also lays flatter than other vinyl siding

4th color pallete. In my opinion there is not a long lasting great way to change the color of vinyl siding once installed. The old catchphrase “ vinyl is final” rings true in Syracuse. Some manufacturers just don’t have those appealing darker colors. Prodigy has the best Architectural colors in the industry.

5th would be the locking system. Conventional vinyl siding is a “hook and Loop” method of locking. Prodigy has a totally different locking system that’s more akin to stacking building blocks. This creates an amazingly durable locking system that’s not prone to wind blowing system off.

The last thing would be how flat the product hangs on the wall. We see a lot of houses in Syracuse especially southern exposure where uv rays have made the siding sag and start pulling off the wall. The panel thickness and rigid foam backing that is fully adhered from the factory will even lay flat over a wall with some framing distorting in it.



I had heard that insulated vinyl siding wasn’t worth the cost compared to other ways of insulating your home?

I go into lots of people’s homes and that’s quite often something I hear. Most of the time it’s another Syracuse area contractor that has given them that idea or steered them into builder grade vinyl siding.

So why do contractors think that?

I’m not sure if these guys in central NY actually think that but they do say it to the consumer.

It’s my belief most contractors atleast in central New York aren’t familiar with how to install insulated vinyl siding or they don’t want to make the investment in the additional tools it requires.

It requires different tools than traditional vinyl siding and has much different installation methods. Sometimes windows and doors need to be built out as well so carpentry is also involved.

The install time is also longer than common vinyl siding. It’s not a “bang up” product that a large siding crew can install on a normal Syracuse size home in a couple days.

The majority of the time when we show this product to the consumer they love the look and performance of the siding and we move forward with siding their home.

Vinyl Siding: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Many People have written and asked:

What would you or do you put on your home Duane?.

I try to practice what I preach and this year I will be vinyl Siding my own home.

I choose Certainteed Monogram siding for not only my own home but that of my customers. It’s a .046 thickness panel and has a great warranty from fading. To learn more:

cny vinyl siding contractorI am very proud that both myself and my company are a Certainteed 5 star vinyl siding contractor.

I also am accredited from the vinyl siding institute.

We have touched on a number of different things in our previous posts. This one is focusing on vinyl siding your home in the Rochester to Syracuse NY areas:

Vinyl siding: good, bad or ugly?

Vinyl siding can be all of the above. I’d like to explore each possibility individually. We can get the worst out of the way first. Note that the quality of your materials and correct installation solve 99% of any possible cosmetic issues.

Vinyl siding: the ugly!

If you can’t immediately envision an ugly siding job, take a look around the next time you go for a drive. Ithaca, Syracuse, and Rochester are no exceptions to shoddy craftsmanship. They each have their fair amount of poorly installed vinyl siding, just like anywhere.

One common cause of ugly vinyl siding in our central NY areas is ripples in the panels. This is caused by over driving the nails attaching to your wall, or stretching panels up and down, forcing the lines to match another section of wall. Cheap vinyl siding also can be chalky and look faded after a few years, if the color isn’t injected into the panel’s material, instead of being applied on top of it.

Anyone can do a vinyl siding installation. It takes real experience and skill to make it look good, however. Only then will your money be well spent.

Vinyl Siding: the bad!

Vinyl siding likes to expand. Most people, and contractors for that matter, think it’s “side to side” expansion and contractions on the panels. While that is true to a certain extent, the majority of expansion is downward. This is why you may notice unclipped or missing sections of siding in the middle of a wall, upon closer inspection. If you don’t snap a piece of siding completely when nailing, the paneling can expand downward and become unsnapped.

Vinyl siding doesn’t like impact. If you have a lot of small stones, sticks, kid’s toys, etc., and hit them with a mower, chances are you are going to have holes or cracks in your siding. This can be prevented by buying thicker panels and/or aiming the mower chute away from your house. Expect baseballs, car doors, and golf balls to do damage if in close contact with your home.


Guys: Keep your grill a safe distance away from vinyl siding! I once saw a place in Syracuse that had experienced the effects of a grill located slightly too close to the house, the results weren’t pretty.

Vinyl Siding: the good.

Vinyl is final!

If you use a good quality siding on your home, you can eliminate most problems mentioned above.

You no longer have to paint your home. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. A high quality vinyl siding job can increase your home’s value by more than the cost of the job itself, in some cases.

It increases the “R” value of your home, as well as stopping drafts. This is increasingly true if you use an insulated vinyl siding or apply a high “r” board to your home prior to siding.

Add style: there are many trim accessories you can choose from, these will allow you to change the entire exterior style of your home, if you choose to.

Curb appeal is priceless. If you really want your neighbors to take notice of your home, new siding is an easy way to get there.

In closing:

If you choose a nice quality vinyl siding, and use a skilled, conscientious installer, vinyl siding can add value to your home that is difficult to beat.