Indicators that you may need new Siding

  • Age (normal wear & tear)

  • Oxidizing, chipping, denting

  • Water intrusion into home

  • Missing panels

  • Heat warped

Material choices for Siding replacement (May be dictated by your HOA)

  • Vinyl (insulated or non-insulated)

  • Fiber cement (James Hardie)

  • PVC (panels simulate look of wood siding)

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding was first introduced to the exterior cladding market in the early 1960s and steadily grew in popularity over the next four decades because of its durability, versatility and ease of maintenance. The product is manufactured primarily with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a material that gives it impact resistance, rigidity and strength. Today, vinyl siding is the number one choice of exterior cladding across the United States and Canada. In fact, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show since 1995 more homeowners side their homes with vinyl than with any other material. Vinyl siding is available in a broad palette of colors, profiles and architectural trim, which allows homeowners to choose a product that enhances and complements the beauty and style of their homes. The Benefits of Using Vinyl Siding on Your Home For our region, vinyl siding replacement is among the top 10 remodeling projects in terms of return on investment. Time and time again, homeowners choose vinyl siding for its:

  • Value – Vinyl Siding has a lower installed cost than all other materials
  • Beauty – Technological enhancements in vinyl siding manufacturing processes have allowed for a large color palette, and wide variety of styles.
  • Durabilty – Vinyl siding naturally resists rot, rust, and fire, and can withstand extreme weather and wind. Vinyl siding’s color runs throughout, so scratches and marks are less visible than with other materials. Features like weep holes also mean that water won’t be trapped behind the siding, causing rot.
  • Ease of Maintenance – Vinyl Siding never needs to be painted. Vinyl siding is easily cleaned with a soft brush or rag and some soapy water.

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

James Hardie developed fiber cement products in the 1980’s in Australia. Fiber cement products have some excellent characteristics, and make them a great option for renewal of the exterior of your home, including:

  • Unlike wood siding, fiber cement siding does not crack, peel, rot, or need to be painted to maintain its structural integrity
  • Fiber cement is not combustible. Homeowners find that their homeowner’s insurance premiums are lower having a material on their house that cannot burn
  • 30 Year non-prorated warranty on siding products (15 year limited warranty on ColorPlus Technology finishes)
  • Received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
Product development has continued since, with James Hardie now offering:
  • Plank siding (HardiePlank®)
  • Vertical siding (HardiePanel®), which can be combined with batten boards to create a “Board-and-Batten” finish
  • Decorative siding panels that resemble cedar shingles (HardieShingle®)
  • Fiber cement vented and non-vented soffit (HardieSoffit®)
  • Decorative trim (HardieTrim® Boards and HardieTrim® Mouldings)
All products available in ColorPlus® Technology, in which colors are applied and baked onto the Hardie materials for long lasting adhesion and fade resistance.

Trim Replacement FAQ's

Indicators of need for new Trim

  • Rotted wood trim

  • Water intrusion into home

  • Indications of mold on trim (soffit)

  • Holes in trim from rodents / birds / insects

  • Gutters sagging due to warped / rotted fascia

Material choices for Trim replacement (May be dictated by your HOA)

  • Painted wood

  • PVC trim

  • Aluminum capped wood

Do you subcontract out your fence projects?

We do not use subcontractors. All our fences are built by Rain City Fence employees.

How do I get get a Fence Proposal?

The most effiecent way to get a fence proposal (estimate) is to fill out the form on our contact page. You are also welcome to send an email to Please include all info requested on the contact form. Once your information is recieved, we will be in contact to set up an on site meeting.

Should I upgrade to a post-on-pipe design?

Traditional fence posts, where wood is directly set into concrete, will rot and fail where the wood is in contact with concrete or the dirt that seems to always build up around the base. While a post set in concrete can rot in a few years or may last 20+ years, 90% of all fence repair projects are due to post failures. To prevent this main point of failure, a fence can be build with a post-on-pipe design. For post-on-pipe, a thick galvanized pipe is embedded into a channel cut into the post. One third of the pipe is embedded in the post with two thirds protruding. The protruding pipe is then set into concrete, so that the wood of the post never comes in contact with the ground (if soil levels are maintained). This design means that a post could last a lifetime. So... yes, probably you should.

What are your accepted forms of payment?

We send invoices via email using quickbooks, and the perferred methods of payment are as follows: ACH (checking account payments) Personal Check Credit Cards (addtional 3% is charged for this)

Do I need a permit to build a fence in Seattle?

For most fences in Seattle, permits are not required. See the City of Seattle Tip sheet for current Seattle regulations:

Where on my Seattle property can I put my new fence?

For Seattle residents, "you can have a fence anywhere on your property." This is taken direclty from Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Tip #312.

Do I need permission from my neighbor to build a fence on our shared property line?

Technically, no, but it's always a good idea to inform your neighbors that you share a property line with. If they are a good neighbor, and care about the apperance of their property they may even split the cost of the fence.

We are going to have our property landscaped as well as have a new fence built, what do I have installed first?

The fence building process involves a good deal of site traffic, digging, and the like, so it is usually a good idea to have the fence installed before landscaping.

An exception to this is landscaping that stabilizes or modifies slopes along which or over which the fence will run. This sort of work should be completed before the fence is installed to avoid having to modify the fence.

What is the fencing code enforced by the Seattle Building Department?

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has made a tip sheet available for common questions pertaining to the fences. See the following link to Tip Sheet #312 which covers common questions about fences.

Who tecnically owns a fence on a shared property line?

This is an interesting topic... some people think the fence is owned by whoever paid for it, but this isn't always true.

Fence ownership is usually decided by which property the fence is located o,n and this can only be verified by a survey provided by a licensed professional surveyor. If the fence is within your property line then you own 100% of the fence. If, by some chance a fence is directly on the property line, then it would seem that you and your neighbor both own the fence equally.

Please verify any questions of property rights and ownership with an attorney.

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