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  • Writer's pictureMatt Weber

What's Hot in House Siding?

What’s hot in house siding for 2021? Here are four different options that are turning heads in the new year.

TruCedar Steel Board and Batten

Above: The HIR team went on site with Mike Roberts and Justin McAllister of Lovelady Construction as they installed a beautiful blue TruCedar steel siding on a home in Thorsby, Alabama.

TruCedar® Steel Siding from Quality Edge replicates the popular vertical Craftsman style of board and batten siding available in wide (10") and narrow (6") profiles. Each TruCedar profile has a carbon-reinforced steel alloy core enveloped in CarbonTech60 zinc coating. This coating provides both a physical barrier, cathodic protection and prevents moisture and oxygen from reaching the steel core. The siding won’t peel, rot, fade, crack, mold or melt, it resists pest infestation, and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Find out more at

Ascend Composite Cladding

Ascend® Composite Cladding by Alside is a “first-of-its-kind” siding solution offering a color palette of 20 shades with the deeply grained look of real wood. Winner of a 2021 “Best of IBSx Award” in for new building materials, Ascend is the world’s first cladding engineered with a combination of Glass-Reinforced Polymer and Graphite-Infused Polystyrene. This patented technology achieves superior performance in tests for wind load and impact resistance, workability and flame/smoke spread—all without the headaches of maintenance. Not only does the product’s light weight make it easy to handle, but its self-aligning stack lock makes it easy to install. Plus, no sealing, touching up, joint flashing or caulking is required—meaning less mess and less waste. ASCEND composite cladding is backed by an lifetime warranty. Find out more at


TandoStone™, the number one brand of composite stone siding, offers two new colors: Nordic Mist, part of the Tando Creek Ledgestone Collection, and Glacier Bay, under the Stacked Stone line. Creek Ledgestone emulates the rugged look of hand-picked stone with distinct grout lines, while Stacked Stone features a dry stack profile without grout lines between the stones.

Neutrals and light gray colors remain popular for housing exteriors. Drawing from those current trends, Tando developed Nordic Mist, a cool gray with warm accents, and Glacier Bay, which includes an array of frosty gray hues. TandoStone features realistic design, easy installation, moisture resistance, expansive color options, and TruGrit technology—a unique matte texture that offers a low-gloss appearance and the rough, gritty feel of real stone. Impervious to moisture, TandoStone is perfect for ground-level or roofline applications and can be installed in any climate. It’s also safer and easier to install as an accent on tall walls – meaning property owners never have to worry about stones falling off the wall. And TandoStone will never break which means minimal waste on every project. Find out more at

Diamond Kote Siding

Recognized as the No. 1 brand of prefinished LP Smartside, Diamond Kote Siding is an engineered wood product treated with a SmartGuard process, which allows it to withstand extreme temperatures, heavy humidity, freeze/thaws and everything in between. Diamond Kote Siding is backed by a 30-year No fade warranty, plus a 5/50-year limited warranty provides 5-year, 100-percent labor and replacement feature and a 50-year prorated limited warranty on the product. It’s core strength resists airborne debris, and the warranty covers damage from hail up to 1.75” in diameter. Custom color options help homeowners create the exterior look of their dreams. Plus, the manufacturer claims the siding installs up to 22 percent faster than standard 16’ lap siding, due to its heavy-duty rear spline. Find out more at

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