Types of home siding

Investing in your home siding is another great way to protect and improve your home. Home exteriors are important but sometimes the process of choosing the right materials can be a bit overwhelming. We’ll break down for you the pros and cons of some of the most popular siding materials to help narrow down your choices for the right house siding. Continue reading to learn more.

 

VINYL SIDING

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding is the most popular siding choice in the U.S. today; and is ranked among one of the least expensive ways to side your home.
  • PROS:
    • Durable lasting between 20 and 30 years.

              ○    Comes in a range of color options

○    Available in different design options, including: horizontal or vertical panels, dutch lap, shakes, shingles, beaded, and fish scales or scallops.

              ○    Requires very little maintenance

              ○    Affordable

              ○    Easy to clean and maintain.

  • CONS:
    • Not waterproof (only water-resistant)

              ○    Once you choose a color, you cannot change it or repaint it

              ○    not an environmentally friendly option

○    can be damaged by extreme weather conditions such as winds and high temperatures causing cracks, rot and mold.

WOOD SIDING

  • Wood siding is another popular siding option due to its natural and timeless look. Wood siding is a favorite among homeowners who are looking for a more natural and rustic appearance.
  • PROS:
    • Lightweight

              ○    Quick to install

              ○     Sustainable as it’s the eco-friendliest siding on the market

              ○        Customizable: can be stained and painted in custom colors

○          It has a high R-Value, and is very energy efficient ○ It is the champion of durability, lasting up to 100 years,

  • CONS:
    • Requires regular maintenance

              ○    Can be easily damaged over time by insects or water

              ○    A more expensive choice

              ○    It is not fire resistant.

 

FIBER CEMENT

  • Fiber-cement siding is unique because it can mimic the look of wood, brick, or stucco at a much lower cost and with greater advantages.
  • PROS:
    • It is very durable as it can last up to 50 years.

              ○    Occasional maintenance

              ○    Affordable

              ○      Fireproof, water resistant and safe from insect damage.

○ Customizable ➢ CONS:

              ○    Heavy and difficult to install

              ○             Touch-ups are often necessary after its installation

METAL SIDING:

  • Metal siding comes in a variety of styles and designs, and is gaining significant popularity.
  • PROS:
    • Occasional maintenance

              ○    Eco-friendly

              ○    Fire resistant

              ○       Long lasting and durable, outlives most of the other home siding materials.

              ○    It does not rot or mold due to water damage.

              ○  Retains color without fading and can be painted.

              ○      Reflects sunlights and therefore keeps homes cool during summer

  • CONS:
    • Does not retain warmth in winter and so it increases heating bills.

              ○    It can lead to rust if not installed properly

              ○    Easily scratches and dents

              ○    Is not hail resistant

 

There are other types of siding materials, such as:

  • Stucco siding, which is made from cement, sand, lime, water and oftentimes epoxy. It​ does not handle moisture well, but is very easy to maintain in a dry climate and comes in all colors.
  • Brick siding, which is a popular siding option as it is considered to last forever. It is fire​ resistant, durable but is one of the most expensive siding options available
  • Stone siding, which is very costly and requires professional installation but once it's​ installed requires little maintenance and will last a lifetime. Besides that, you'll have the nicest looking home on the block.

 

The next time you’re considering changing your home siding, keep these lists in mind so you can feel confident as you’re making the right choice. 

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