20+ Types of Siding for Homes [Various Styles, Trims & Materials]

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Knowing when your siding is ready for an upgrade is simple. Choosing the right type of replacement siding is not quite as easy. After all, when it comes to ensuring that your home is durable and possesses curb appeal to impress, your siding should be one of your first considerations.

Siding not only provides protection for your home from inclement weather it also provides insulation. Different materials will have different effects in regard to climate. This is especially important if you live in an area of the world that experiences very hot or very cold temperatures. In these situations, choosing the right siding for your home will make a world of a difference.

In regards to curb appeal, siding heavily influences your home’s resell value. Choosing the right one can increase its value, whereas, choosing a siding that is unsuitable for your home could possibly harm your chances with potential buyers.

The different types of sidings include natural wood siding, lap siding, drop channel siding, tongue and groove siding, and shingle siding, which are along the more common types. The type you choose depends on your personal preference. The installation process will differ depending on the type of siding that you choose.

Continue reading for your ultimate guide to the various types of siding available to you on the market. We’ll explore each type in detail, including wood, plastic, cement, vinyl, and so much more. You’ll come away having all the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision and effectively choose the best siding option for your home.

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Natural Wood Siding

Wood is arguably the most traditional option when it comes to siding. Wood siding, or often referred to as “cladding,” is a natural, attractive option for covering and protecting the exterior of your home. It’s not only gorgeous, but it’s also very durable, making it a sought-after choice for conventional architectures such as bungalows, cottages, and Cape Cod-style homes.

Just like any other siding choice, there are a number of types and styles to choose from and the price can vary significantly between them. However, in the long run, wood siding is a very economical siding choice. So long as you perform regular maintenance, your wood siding will have a long lifespan, and maintain its rich look and durability.

Wood siding can be broken down into seven styles, each with its own individual characteristics. Some styles are flush, while some overlap and some are horizontal in nature while others are vertical. The seven wood siding styles are as follows:

  • Lap Siding: Also referred to as bevel, weatherboarding, or clapboards, lap wood siding involves horizontal installation of very long, thin boards that overlap slightly.
  • Drop Channel Siding: Drop channel siding can be installed diagonally, vertically, or horizontally, making it a very versatile choice. In this case, the long edge of a board is fitted into a groove on the edge of the board beneath it, creating a small overlap.
  • Tongue-and-Groove Siding: This choice is very similar to drop channel, as it can be installed diagonally, horizontally, and vertically. The boards interlock in a tongue-and-groove pattern, creating a smooth surface.
  • Split Logs: If you’ve seen a traditional log cabin, you’ve seen split log siding. While they appear to be solid logs, they are actually logs that are custom cut to have a flat side and then attached to a prepared wall.
  • Board-and-Batten: This is a very traditional wood exterior that is installed vertically and consists of evenly space wide boards with a narrow strip of wood, or batten, nailed over the gaps between boards.
  • Shake Siding: While shakes resemble shingles, they are a much thicker and stronger material. Starting at the bottom of the wall, shakes are attached to the sheathing and each layer will overlap the previous.
  • Shingle Siding: Shingles are very popular for siding applications due to their consistency and smoothness. They have a tapered shape and are much more lightweight and thinner compared to shakes.

In addition to varying characteristics and install procedures, each type of wood siding also has its own associated benefits and downsides. These relate to cost, ease of install, durability, and more. However, their natural beauty, resistance to impact, and nearly infinite options for customization are features that each type of wood siding has in common.

Though, in general, wood siding is fairly easy and quick to install. Because of this, it’s often considered a great project for DIY lovers. Nevertheless, wood does come with some disadvantages. Wood siding requires frequent maintenance, is susceptible to rot, termites, and woodpeckers, and is not fire-resistant.

1. Lap Siding

Lap, or bevel or clapboard, siding is a very conventional method of cladding that dates back to the early days of the United States. However, it is still used today due to its durability and appearance. To create lap siding, a board is sawed length-wise in the slight shape of a pie. This shape creates a wide edge on one side of the board and a narrow edge along its length.

For install, the first board is placed at the base of the wall and the following boards are situated on top, slightly overlapping the boards beneath. This overlap is where the term “lap” siding comes from. The amount of overlap is generally determined by the contractor but overall, the more overlap, the sturdier it will be. Though, average exposure for lap siding is typically between four and eight inches.

Pros: 

  • The orientation of the boards allows water to shed well.
  • With no edges, lap siding does not absorb or hold moisture.
  • Very durable, when appropriately maintained.

Cons:

  • Requires caulking to reduce the likelihood of weather damage.
  • Must be periodically maintained with either painting or staining.
  • Costs for regular maintenance can add up over time.

Cost:

The cost to install lap siding will vary slightly based on the quality of the wood boards and the species of wood that you choose. The average cost for basic lap siding material is between $120 and $192, while the installation will cost you from $252 to $384. This puts the total average cost of lap siding at $3.95 per square foot.

2. Drop Channel Siding

Drop channel siding is a very versatile choice for wood siding, as it can be attached to the home vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. It is a popular choice for cabins with the paneled boards cut in the drop channel style.

The style involves a board being milled down on one long edge so that it is substantially narrower than the rest of the plank. A small groove is then cut on the bottom of the other long edge of the board. Similar to lap siding, the design of drop channel siding creates a slight overlap that does not allow water to collect.

The most common choice for wood with drop channel siding is rough-hewn knotty pine. This species is very often milled for this intended purpose and is also popular due to its rustic appearance. However, you can order drop channel siding in prefinished grades of virtually any type of wood you desire.

Pros:

  • Just like lap siding, drop channel siding does not allow water to collect on the siding.
  • The nature of the installation allows the wood ample room to expand and contract without compromising the structure.
  • The minor overlap and beveled edge produce a visually pleasing shadow line.

Cons:

  • Requires just as much maintenance as any other type of wood siding, which can add up in costs over time.
  • Necessitates periodic sealing and power washing.

Cost:

As drop channel siding is very similar to lap siding, the costs are relatively the same. It’s generally cut from cost-effective softwood types such as pine or fir. However, choosing hardwood will drive up the prices significantly. Overall, you can expect to pay between $1.50 and $3 a square foot to install drop channel wood siding.

3. Tongue-and-Groove Siding

Just like drop channel siding, tongue-and-groove siding has the ability to be installed in any preferred direction: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. It is generally constructed of either knotty pines or clear wood and can be purchased both rough cut or smooth cut.

To create tongue-and-groove siding, the planks are milled with a groove on one of their long edges, and then a “tongue” on its other long edge. As opposed to drop siding, tongue-and-groove planks interlock to create a smooth finish, with no overlap.

The joinery can be compared to that of hardwood flooring, but is also a technique used for siding. This method of construction is considered to be one of the sturdiest, as the contact between the boards is uninterrupted along their entire length.

Pros:

  • Sturdy construction due to uninterrupted contact of planks and interlocking mechanism.
  • A versatile choice that can be installed in any desired direction.
  • Smooth surface with no overlap.
  • Easy to install and the ideal choice for DIY installation.

Cons:

  • Requires all the same necessary regular maintenance as other natural wood siding choices including sealing, painting, and power-washing.
  • Not as good at directly water or moisture away from the siding as lap siding or drop-channel siding.

Cost:

Tongue-and-groove siding will cost you between $2 and $5 per square foot to install. You can also cut back on costs significantly by installing them yourself instead of hiring a contractor, as they are considered to be relatively simple for the average DIYer.

4. Split Logs

Popular in woodland areas, the traditional log cabin look can be a great way to establish mood regardless of the home’s size. Slit log siding is generally custom made, tailored to the particular home, and is usually constructed of hardwood such as cedar, oak, or cypress.

During construction, the wood has to be sawed with the natural bark still in place. Though it may look like the home is covered in solid log pieces, the wood is cut to create one flat side. These “split logs” are then placed and secured to the prepared walls.

Prior to installation, it is essential that the “logs” are completely dry, as any potential shrinkage can cause the siding to fail. In order to prevent moisture or insects, most applications are split log siding is sprayed and sealed using a clear-coat.

Pros:

  • Achieves the desired log cabin look.
  • Has a long lifespan when it is properly maintained and high-quality wood is used in the construction.

Cons:

  • Professional installation is often required and this can significantly drive up the costs.
  • High cost for regular maintenance.
  • Must be treated regularly to prevent moisture and insects.
  • Any cracks that occur must be sealed right away to prevent the bark from sloughing.

Cost:

Due to the volume of wood required to successfully achieve the log cabin aesthetic, the price is typically much more expensive compared to other types of wood siding. It also often necessitates a professional installation as they can be somewhat difficult to install for the average homeowner. All in all, split log siding generally costs between $1 and $4 per square foot, depending on the wood species used.

5. Board-and-Batten

Board-and-batten siding is considered to be a very historic style for covering both the interior and exterior of the home. This type of siding is more frequently seen on the outside of barns or other farm-related structures. Board-and-batten wood siding is installed vertically with wide boards that are evenly spread out. A batten, or narrow strip of wood, is then nailed over top of the gaps between boards.

Some creativity is available for this type of siding, as you can install varying lengths of boards to achieve a particular look. The most common wood species used in this construction are fir, cedar, pine, and redwood. While board-and-batten is most often used with wood materials, this same method can be done with both vinyl and engineered wood.

Pros:

  • The nature of the install allows for necessary contraction and expansion of the wood planks.
  • Different patterns can be created using varying widths of both the boards and battens.
  • Very simple to install and easy enough for DIYers.
  • The vertical installation can make your home appear taller.

Cons:

  • Low-grade wood that is not properly treated can rot or experience pest infestation.
  • If you opt for vinyl board-and-batten, it typically doesn’t last as long as wood and can crack from prolonged sun exposure.

Cost:

Board-and-batten is considered to be one of the most accessible choices for DIYers to install. The cost of materials ranges from $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot. However, if you do decide to hire a contractor, you’ll generally pay between $1 and $2 a square foot.

6. Shake Siding

Although similar in appearance to traditional wood shingles, shakes are thicker and stronger. They are often hand-sawn from bolts or wooden blocks. One of the major appeals of shake siding is the fact that the thickness of shakes is not consistent.

You can find individual shakes in either 16, 18, or 24-inch lengths. Beginning at the base of the wall, the shakes are attached to the sheathing and each new layer overlaps the previous. This can be a great way to attain a coarse, rustic look and the materials are typically available in either cedar or redwood.

Prior to the install of shake siding, it’s important that you consult your local building codes. Some areas forbid the installation of cedar and/or shake siding, as fire hazards can be amplified when using rough-finished wood materials.

Pros:

  • Creates a stunning, rustic appearance.
  • The varying thicknesses of the shakes is one of its major appeals, making the surface look very rough and coarse in nature.
  • Just like most other wood siding types, shake siding is relatively simple to install.

Cons:

  • Some building codes prohibit the installation of shake siding.
  • More prone to fires as they are constructed using rough-finished wood.
  • Must be properly treated with fire-retardant products.
  • Requires frequent maintenance to prevent insect infestations and splitting of the wood.

Cost:

Due to their close similarity to shingles, you’ll find the prices between shingles and shakes are very close. The average cost to install shake siding is between $2.50 and $6 a square foot.

7. Shingle Siding

Shingles are the go-to choice for siding when consistency and smoothness is the desired appearance. Just like shakes, they are fairly simple to install and are the ideal choice for abnormally-shaped walls such as turrets. Shingles can be painted or stained, and are generally seen in very vivid or historic colors on Victorian-style homes.

Shingle siding can be constructed virtually any type of wood used for other siding types. However, just like all others, it must be properly treated to be fire-resistant. You should also check with your local building codes before installing shingle siding.

Pros:

  • Shingles can help achieve a natural look that compliments wooded surroundings.
  • They offer plenty of customization choices in regards to wood type, stain, and paint.
  • Just like shake siding, shingles are a simple installation.

Cons:

  • Shingles require regular application of a fire-retardant chemical.
  • Like shakes, shingle siding may be prohibited based on your local building codes.
  • Necessary maintenance must be performed in order to ensure that the wood doesn’t become damaged from drying out or gets infested with pests.

Cost:

For the average 2,000 square foot home, it will cost you an average of $7,200 to install wood shingle siding. However, this price will vary based on the size and location of the home. Regardless, the cost per square foot for installation is the same as shakes: $2.50 to $6 per square foot.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is arguably the most popular and widely used choice for siding across the entire United States. Its popularity is largely due to its durability, versatility, low price point, and low maintenance requirements. It also comes in a wide variety of color options and styles to fit your needs. The insulated version of vinyl siding even has the potential to increase your home’s energy efficiency, effectively lowering your heating and cooling costs.

Vinyl is a synthetic siding option that is created from a PVC plastic resin, lending to its strength. The fact that it is man-made also makes it one of the cheapest options for home siding. One of the main reasons why vinyl siding is so desirable among homeowners has to do with its versatility. It can be installed to mimic wood, and just like wood siding, it has several different installation opportunities.

The most common ways to install vinyl siding are as follows:

  • Horizontally – Thin vinyl strips are situated horizontally in rows along the entire width of your home’s exterior walls.
  • Vertically – In this case, a series of vinyl strips are attached to the walls of your home vertically in a repeating pattern. You can also break up these thin pieces with wider strips to achieve a particular aesthetic.
  • Shingles – As previously mentioned, vinyl can be used in the same fashion as wood when it comes to shingle siding. Thin, lightweight pieces of vinyl with slightly tapered edges are installed overlapping, in the same manner as wood shingles.

Each of the above installations can be customized to your liking. If you’ve ever wondered why so many homes in your neighborhood are outfitted with vinyl siding, the large number of benefits likely has something to do with it. However, just like anything, vinyl siding does come with some drawbacks. We’ll outline both the benefits and drawbacks of vinyl siding below.

Durability and Resiliency

Manufactured from PVC plastic resin, vinyl siding is extraordinarily strong. As opposed to aluminum or metal materials, vinyl does not dent, rust, or conduct electricity. If anything strikes the surface, it will simply bounce off. Also, unlike wood siding, vinyl siding does not chip, rot, warp, attract pests, or require fire-retardant. It also holds up against inclement weather and elements such as sun, rain, and wind. In fact, nowadays, titanium dioxide is often added during construction to effectively block UV rays, which deteriorated older versions of vinyl siding.

Just like most other plastic products, good quality vinyl siding can be nearly permanent and indestructible, so long as it is properly maintained. It is known to be so long-lasting than most vinyl siding products come with a 30- to 40-year manufacturer’s warranty, post-installation.

Although vinyl is considered to be very durable, it is not entirely impenetrable. If not properly secured, exceptionally high winds can tear off vinyl siding and if grazed by a snowblower or lawnmower, it can crack and get chewed up. If not properly installed, the siding becomes vulnerable to the elements and can experience decay, rot, and infestation.

Energy-Efficiency and Eco-Friendliness

Adding an insulated version of vinyl siding to your home can greatly increase its energy-efficiency, resulting in a significant amount of money saved on your utility bills. However, it should be noted that the standard version of vinyl siding is essentially a superficial treatment that just hangs on your home’s exterior. If you desire more insulation or improved energy-efficiency, make sure that you purchase a vinyl siding that also comes with insulation.

Since vinyl siding is made up of PVC plastic, the material can be recycled fairly simply. When it comes to other exterior materials such as cement tiles, wood clapboard, or fiber-cement siding, these can be hazardous and complicated to recycle. However, PVC is a thermoplastic, meaning that it can mold to new shapes when heated. As a result, when recycled, vinyl siding can be re-shaped into a number of different forms by simply applying heat.

On the other hand, since PVC consists of hazardous chemicals such as chlorine and various stabilizers, dioxin is released when these materials are burned. Though dioxin is greatly controlled by the EPA, it has been linked to a number of diseases such as heart disease and even cancer. In general, today’s manufacturing of plastic products can present hazardous environments for those that live and work in industrial areas where they are engineered.

Styles, Designs and Color Options

Now, more than ever before, vinyl siding is available in a wide array of colors, designs, and styles. Since it is man-made and can be molded into virtually any shape, it comes in almost every color imaginable to fit your needs. The pigmentation is baked-in to the surface, making it resistant to scratching and it will not require repainting.

While it offers all the benefits associated with plastic, it can also be constructed to simulate the appearance of freshly painted wood. That way, you can achieve the look of wood clapboard siding, with the added durability that comes with vinyl materials. Vinyl is found in various widths, horizontal and vertical styles of clapboard, and even different textures such as smooth and wood grain.

Depending on the quality of the vinyl siding that you purchase, you can still expect some fading to occur at around the five-year mark. Weather and time can also change the gloss of the vinyl and when panels become damaged, a replacement one may not perfectly match. Additionally, while you can paint vinyl, it is not common practice. This means that the color of vinyl siding you choose will be what you are stuck with until you install new siding.

Cost of Vinyl Siding

One of the major benefits of vinyl siding is its cost. Since it is a man-made material, it is one of the most affordable siding options. However, there are quite a bit of factors that determine the total cost of a vinyl siding installation. These include your home’s size, location, and design, the condition of your current siding and exterior walls, the specific vinyl material you choose, and whether you hire a contractor or install it yourself.

Regardless, the average cost of vinyl siding is anywhere from $3.50 to $8.00 a square foot. You can experience long term savings by installing insulated vinyl siding. On average, the standard two-story home can save 14.2% on heating and cooling costs by choosing the insulated vinyl option. While it is considered to be a low-cost alternative to exterior siding, the vast number of options and choices offered can potentially make vinyl siding more expensive than other types of siding.

How to Maintain Vinyl Siding

When it comes to maintenance, vinyl siding does not require much. Where wood siding must be painted or stained annually, vinyl’s through-body color does not need to be repainted. Its paint will never flake, scratch, or peel. As long as vinyl siding is installed properly, it won’t attract pests and will guard against moisture.

However, to maintain its appearance, you’ll want to give it a good power wash annually. Although the vinyl paneling is nearly maintenance-free, any other non-vinyl elements of the home, such as metal doors, aluminum trim, or wood shutters, should be appropriately maintained.

In regards to repairs, look out for any of the following that may require your attention:

  • Cracks: Working with vinyl in cold temperatures can cause it to crack. If you live in an area that does not experience any freezing temperatures, you should be able to repair your vinyl siding all throughout the year. However, those that are in colder climates, unless it is urgent, should wait for warmer temperatures. Vinyl siding can also crack if it comes into contact with yard equipment or exceptionally severe weather.
  • Holes: A strong enough impact, restrained to a small area, can potentially pierce the vinyl siding. The repair of holes in vinyl will depend on the size. A small hole may be easily patched by using a small cut piece of siding. Whereas, larger holes are typically recommended to be repaired by replacing the entire panel.

Metal Siding

For a good reason, metal siding is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. Its strength, long lifespan, low maintenance, and wide variety of styles make it a top contender for exterior residential siding. The most common choices for metal siding are steel, aluminum, zinc, and copper, with the first two making up the majority of what you’ll find on the market.

Despite the expensive upfront costs, metal is a great option for homeowners who desire sustainability as the materials are completely recyclable. Let’s examine the associated advantages and disadvantages of installing metal siding on your home.

Advantages to Metal Siding

The number of benefits to metal siding lends itself to its growing popularity among homeowners. Some of these advantages include:

  • Durability: Metal is a very strong, durable material. In fact, its durability allows to outlast most of the alternative exterior home materials. It effortlessly acclimates to changing weather conditions, and is resistant to warping, cracking, and corrosion. The fact that it can endure severe weather such as strong winds and heavy rain makes it one of the sturdiest siding materials on the market. In fact, some metal materials can last up to 50 years!
  • Energy Efficiency: Similar to metal roofing, metal siding is known for its energy efficiency. Its reflective nature effectively diverts the sun’s UV rays away from your home. This can help you save a substantial amount of money on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Low Maintenance: When it comes to maintenance on your home, this usually means depleting your time, energy, and savings. Unlike most other siding options, metal requires little to no maintenance. It does not absorb moisture or heat; therefore, you won’t experience any mold or mildew growth. All metal siding requires is a good annual cleaning and a power-wash to remove dirt.
  • Style Options: With such a wide variety of colors, styles, and materials, you will find a metal siding option that matches your needs and home’s aesthetic.
  • Resistant to Pests: If you’ve ever experienced a pest problem, you know that sometimes they like to hide in your siding. As opposed to other materials, such as wood, metal is unappealing to termites and other pests. With metal siding, you won’t need to spray a pest treatment on the surface.
  • Sustainable: While other roofing and siding materials crowd landfills and decompose for many decades, metal is completely recyclable. When you need to replace your siding, there is no disposal charge associated with the removal. In fact, many metal manufacturers somewhat rely on recycled metal materials to increase their production.
  • Fire-Resistant: While metal can melt under extreme temperatures, it is very rare for these temperatures to be reached in the average fire that would affect your home.

Disadvantages to Metal Siding

Like any other siding material, metal does come with some drawbacks. While these disadvantages are largely outnumbered by the advantages, they should still be considered during your search for residential siding.

  • Denting: Depending on the metal material that you choose and its thickness, metal siding can potentially be more vulnerable to dents. Thinner gauge metals are generally susceptible to denting. To avoid this issue, choose a metal material with a thicker gauge. Gauge refers to its thickness, so the thicker the gauge, the stronger the metal material will be and the less prone it is to dents.
  • Replacement: When an individual section of your metal siding requires replacing, it can be a complicated endeavor. This is mainly due to fact that metal is known to change color and matching the replacement panel to your existing siding can be difficult.
  • Higher Upfront Cost: Although metal siding costs a bit more to install, many homeowners believe that the investment is well worth it. Because of its strength, low maintenance, and long lifespan, the upfront costs are considered only a slight drawback to most.

Cost of Metal Siding

The cost to install metal siding will vary based on the material used, who installs it, and general market fluctuations. Prices can also go up if you require existing siding to be removed or need any installation outside of just the siding. Regardless of these factors, aluminum costs between $3 and $6 a square foot to install, and steel siding costs about $4 to $8. If you opt for an insulated version of either, this will increase the cost by about $1 a square foot.

Brick Siding

Another common, traditional choice for siding among homeowners is brick. Aside from having a gorgeous, timeless appearance, brick siding is considered to last nearly forever. Due to the durability of brick, most brick homes and buildings that were constructed over a century ago are still standing and in remarkable condition.

Brick is made of some of the strongest and most plentiful earthly materials: clay and shale. This building material is easily accessible and most contractors have experience working with brick and mortar. If you desire a brick exterior for your home, you can choose from conventional brick or a brick veneer, which is a thin layer of brick applied similar to traditional siding and does not bear any of the home’s weight.

While brick siding comes with a number of benefits, it is not without difficulties. The following are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using brick as the siding for your home.

Advantages to Brick Siding

For good reason, brick has been a popular choice in the construction of homes both structurally and visually. Here are some of the advantages to installing brick siding on the exterior of your home:

  • Durability: Constructed of some of the most durable materials on earth, brick is an incredibly strong material. It has been used in the construction of homes for centuries and many of them are still standing today, effectively showing that brick withstands the test of time.
  • High Resell Value: Homes that are built with brick materials are considered to be very valuable for potential buyers. If you choose brick siding for your home, you may be able to sell it down the road for a much higher price than what you bought it for.
  • Energy-Efficiency: Brick provides a thermal mass that can effectively trap heat for passive solar homes. The area between the brick cladding and the sheathing offers additional insulation to the home. This added insulation and energy-efficiency will lower your heating and cooling costs.
  • Low Maintenance: Brick exteriors to not require much maintenance aside from the occasional cleaning and replacement of damaged bricks. Aside from the occasional brick replacement, you won’t have to worry about constant maintenance with brick siding.
  • Fire-Resistant: Unlike wood and metal, brick can withstand high temperatures and will not melt or catch fire.
  • Beautiful Appearance: It’s hard to deny that everyone loves a brick home. They are timeless beauties that have stood the test of time both physically and aesthetically. While brick is often used as the structure of a home, you can achieve the same look, at a much lower cost, by using brick veneer siding panels.

Disadvantages to Brick Siding

Although there are few drawbacks to brick siding when compared to the benefits, they should be understood if you intend on installing this siding material on your home.

  • More Expensive: When compared to other siding options, brick is much more expensive to install. It also generally requires a professional contractor for the installation, effectively driving up the costs. Due to brick’s heavyweight, a poor arrangement can potentially collapse and ruin your walls. Because of this, the installation of brick siding can be rather labor-intensive. You can, however, opt for brick veneer siding to cut down on the costs of materials. They are much lighter and cheaper than real bricks.
  • Energetic Costs. Aside from the costs of installation, the enormous energetic costs required to make bricks are a major environmental drawback. The construction of bricks requires a vast amount of energy due to their need to be burned in kilns. Additionally, the mortar used to secure bricks consists of cement, and the cement industry has a significant carbon footprint. They account for nearly 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Replacement: While brick does last quite a long time, the mortar joints used in their installation can deteriorate over time, causing the need for replacement.

Cost of Brick Siding

On average, the cost to install brick siding is $15 a square foot. Factoring in both materials and labor, the average cost to brick an entire home is between $9 and $28 per square foot. For larger projects, professional bricklayers may lower the cost of materials, causing the per square foot price to be as low as $9.

When it comes to faux brick siding, or brick veneer, expect to pay between $14 and $28 a square foot. Brick veneer is still real brick, it is just a thin layer that measures around four inches. Installing faux brick still requires mortar and, when compared to other veneers, takes considerably more time.

Stone Siding

When surrounded by trees or atop a hill, there is something very majestic and nostalgic about a stone house. Going back hundreds of years, the use of stone in the construction of houses has a historical legacy, from Medieval castles to ancient farmhouse built by early settlers. Like brick siding, stone can last many lifetimes when properly installed.

Stone is resistant to moisture and will not decompose over time as it is exposed to the various elements. The use of stone in construction is heavily associated with durability and permeance. Whether it’s the Egyptian Pyramids, Stonehenge, or other prehistoric monuments, stone has indicated that it can withstand the test of time.

However, when it comes to the average stone home found in a suburban neighborhood, it is most likely constructed of a 2×4 and plywood frame, with a stone veneer covering its exterior. In this case, stone veneer siding may not consist of stone at all. Instead, it could be built from dense polyurethane or cement.

Stone Siding vs. Stone Veneer Siding

If you’ve ever witnessed natural stone or veneer stone on the exterior of homes or businesses, you’ve likely had a difficult time telling these two materials apart. This fact is entirely intended by the manufacturer’s design. Stone veneer siding’s goal is to displace natural stone as the covering choice for home exteriors.

Veneer stone siding, sometimes referred to as manufactured stone, Cultured Stone, and architectural stone, are all the same engineered stone product meant to resemble natural stone. It is constructed of Portland cement, aggregates, and iron oxides that are baked into textured molds to appear like stone. Another product, faux stone veneer, is made of a high-density polymer that, to the touch, is more like Styrofoam than actual stone.

Natural stone, on the other hand, is 100-percent stone that is quarried directly from the earth. Nothing is added or removed, and it has no color additives applied to it. Natural stone can be kept in its original shape or carved into the desired form for use as sheets for walls, tiles for flooring, and blocks for building materials.

While initially most types of stone siding were manufactured from natural stone, due to the expenses associated with mining, cutting, transporting, and hiring a mason to install it, stone veneer siding became much more common.

Advantages and Disadvantages to Natural Stone Siding

Possibly the most obvious benefit to installing natural stone siding is that it is, in fact, the real thing. When it is installed properly and regularly maintained, natural stone siding will last you several lifetimes. Natural stone requires very minimal maintenance and is not prone to weather damage, making it nearly indestructible.

Similar to brick, stone is one of the most expensive options for exterior siding. However, it maintains its popularity due to its appearance and durability. Stone can give your home a beautiful castle-like aesthetic that with withstand the test of time.

Additionally, natural stone siding is considered a sustainable building material and can be sourced sustainably, as opposed to the cement and plastic materials that make up stone veneer. Stone is one of the most abundant materials on earth and is one of the very few recyclable materials used in home construction. If a home is destroyed or demolished, the stone used in its construction can be easily repurposed and will not end up in a landfill.

Aside from the expensive upfront costs, another downside to natural stone siding is the fact that you’ll likely need to hire a specialty mason to ensure that it is installed correctly. If installed improperly, cracks can develop, allowing moisture to seep in and creating an ideal environment for mold to grow. Your mason will also be aware of any specific building codes that you need to adhere to, such as weight and proper thickness of the stone.

Advantages and Disadvantages to Stone Veneer Siding

The main draw for installing stone veneer siding, as opposed to natural stone, has to do with its affordability. They are much less expensive, more lightweight, and most contractors will be able to install them, without requiring a specialty mason. The majority of stone veneer siding comes in large panels, making their installation very fast and easy. In fact, many brands label them as a “do-it-yourself” project and if you are especially handy, you will have no trouble installing stone veneer siding.

Additionally, since synthetic stone veneer is mass-produced, you’ll likely find two or more identical pieces. This repetitiveness can be a drawback to the material if you’re really wanting to achieve the unique natural appearance of stone. Depending on the product you purchase, some stone veneer siding can be susceptible to moisture seeping beneath the panels, leading to potential mold problems. However, pay close attention to the manufacturer as some of them have solved this issue with their products.

As far as sustainability goes, both plastic and cement are not sourced from sustainable materials, but they may be recyclable. Whether the stone veneer siding is made of plastic or concrete materials, both will provide your home with additional insulation, potentially saving you a significant amount of money on your energy bills.

Cost of Stone Siding

The price that you’ll pay to install stone siding on the exterior of your home will largely depend on the actual materials. The average price of natural stone is $42 a square foot, but it comes in many different forms. These include granite, limestone, slate, and basalt. The following are the average costs for the most common types of natural stone used in home construction:

  • Granite: $15 to $30 per square foot
  • Limestone: $20 to $28 per square foot
  • Basalt: $7 to $11 per square foot
  • Slate: $4.50 to $10 per square foot

These materials will require the installation of a mason. Experienced masons generally charge around $19 an hour and while they will bring their own tools, you’ll be expected to provide the building materials. These include:

  • Waterproof Barrier: This is a water-resistant material, often made of paper, that is applied on the drywall behind masonry to prevent any moisture damage (costs around $30).
  • Masonry Mortar: Necessary for securing the stone together (costs around $10-$15 per 70-80 lb. bag).
  • Wall Sheathing: Plywood that prevents any damage to your wall (costs between $2 and $4 a square foot).

Based on these numbers and when you hire a professional, the average cost of installing a stone exterior on a standard 1,000-foot square home is $24,000.

As far as stone veneer siding is concerned, the average price is $11 per square foot. Whereas, for faux stone, the lighter, fake alternative, you’ll pay between $6 and $9 a square foot for materials.

Fiber Cement Siding

Though fiber cement siding is its own material, many people compare it to vinyl siding. Both materials are man-made and affordable alternatives to brick or stone for the exterior siding of residential homes. Fiber cement siding is a durable, low maintenance building material that is used to cover the exterior of residential homes and some commercial structures.

While still maintaining flexibility, fiber cement is a semi-rigid material that offers substantial protection. First patented back in Austria in 1901, fiber cement consisted of asbestos fibers. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that James Hardie Industries produced a version that did away with the asbestos and replaced it with wood pulp.

Although its composition varies slightly between manufacturers, fiber cement siding consists of cellulose fibers, sand, cement, and water. These four ingredients serve the following purposes:

  • Cellulose fibers (or wood pulp): Improves flexibility and resilience of the material.
  • Water: Dissolves the cellulose fibers, stimulating and hardening the cement.
  • Fly ash (sand): Though some manufacturers use silica sand, this acts as a filler.
  • Portland cement: Binds all the ingredients together. Consists of limestone, clay, and iron.

As opposed to vinyl, fiber cement siding is generally developed to resemble another material, most often wood. It is very rare to find fiber cement taking on its own form. This material can be a great option for those that desire the warmth and appearance of wood but want something that is cheaper, stronger, and easier to maintain.

Advantages to Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding has been growing in popularity in the construction of new homes over the last several years. In fact, it is becoming one of the top alternatives to natural wood in North America. The following are some of the advantages to fiber cement siding, explaining its rapid growth in popularity.

  • Durability: Just the term “fiber cement,” indicates a level of industrial strength. This material is resistant to many of the common adversaries of traditional residential siding. Fiber cement siding does not warp or rot and is resistant to cracking, as opposed to natural wood. It will not deteriorate when exposed to UV rays and is unaffected by snow, hail, and ice. Wind is also not a threat to this material and many building codes suggest this residential siding in areas that experience hurricanes or tornadoes. Additionally, unlike conventional wood siding, pests such as termites and woodpeckers to not present a danger to fiber cement siding.
  • Low Maintenance: Since fiber cement siding is resistant to pests, insects, UV damage, fungus, and inclement weather, it requires very little maintenance. A simple power wash on a regular basis will be all it needs to maintain its appearance. This material is also very easy to paint, should it need a refresh.
  • Customization: The options for this residential siding is endless. Since it is man-made it can be molded and shaped into nearly any shape you desire. You’ll find fiber cement siding in most conventional wood siding styles.
  • Sustainability: While fiber cement siding isn’t necessarily recyclable, it does not break down and release harmful toxins in our landfills. The ingredients that makeup fiber cement siding are considered to be environmentally inactive and do not degrade into harmful substances. Since it relies on waste wood fibers, it is considered to be one of the more eco-friendly options for exterior siding.
  • Fire-Resistance: In general, fiber cement siding is unaffected by both flame and heat. It’s a great option to achieve that natural wood look without the risk of fire. Wood siding can add more fuel and flame to a home fire and when vinyl siding heats up it can melt and fall off the house and potentially ignite if it reaches high enough temperatures.
  • Longevity: For backcoated versions, fiber cement siding offers a 75-year service life, whereas, non-backcoated products estimate a maximum of 50 years. Depending on the manufacturer, warranty coverage extends between 30 and 50 years, a testament to the product’s strength. If you purchased siding that was painted during the construction process, you may also receive an additional guarantee against peeling, chipping, and fading for around 15 years.

Disadvantages to Fiber Cement Siding

Just like any other siding material, fiber cement comes with its own individual disadvantages. These include:

  • Installation Issues: While many handy homeowners can attempt to successfully DIY the install of fiber cement siding, it isn’t always recommended. The install of fiber cement siding is a highly skilled process that requires more than just your everyday tools. Also, as opposed to vinyl siding that weighs 60 pounds for 100 square feet of siding, fiber cement weighs in at around 300 pounds for the same amount. Installation generally necessitates an entire crew of experienced professionals that possess specialized tools and expertise. Installation costs account for the majority of what you will spend on the total cost of the project.
  • Cost: Fiber cement siding is a cheaper alternative to wood, stone, or brick, but will cost you substantially more when installed, as opposed to vinyl siding. Although the cost of install is more expensive upfront, the low maintenance costs over time will likely offset this. 

With just a few disadvantages to fiber cement siding, when compared to its advantages, it’s hard to deny the draw to installing this product as the exterior covering on your residential property.

Cost of Fiber Cement Siding

While fiber cement is much cheaper than real wood, it can be nearly double the price of vinyl siding. The jump in price largely has to do with the professional installation that is required with fiber cement siding. However, planks of fiber cement siding from your local home improvement store will run you between $0.70 and $5.25 per square foot.

The actual cost of fiber cement siding depends on the color and style that you choose. With this material, you will not purchase direct from the manufacturer, as they only sell in bulk to retailers. When installed, fiber cement siding costs around $10 per square foot.

Fiber Cement Siding Installation Considerations

When it comes to the installation of fiber cement siding, it is nothing like the easy of vinyl, or even wood. While it may resemble other materials, its installation comes with a host of considerations. These include:

  • The weight. Fiber cement siding is notoriously heavy, around 2 ½ pounds per square foot. You will either need some help or need to hire a crew of experienced professionals.
  • When handled improperly, fiber cement siding can crack.
  • Specialized tools and equipment are needed to both cut the fiber cement siding and nail it in place. Using unsuitable tools can potentially break the material.
  • Cutting fiber cement siding results in quite a bit of dust. Eye, nose, and mouth protection are essential for this installation.
  • A contractor that has experience with fiber cement siding is absolutely necessary. They will be aware of the right type of nails to use, how to properly seal seams, and how to install the siding so that water absorption is reduced.
  • When fiber cement siding is installed on new construction, it can crack as the building settles. While these are generally hairline cracks, they are usually covered under warranty or a fiber cement patch can be installed.
  • If you’re replacing fiber cement siding on an old building, structures built before the 80’s may have asbestos instead of wood pulp. If this is the case, the old material should be handled by a professional.

While $10 a square foot for install may sound expensive, the fiber cement siding is durable, long-lasting, and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that it was installed properly by a professional.

Stucco Siding

Stucco is an ancient siding material that has been used for centuries because of its excellent durability and classic appearance. This material can be tinted to nearly any color you desire for your homes exterior and also offers a number of design enhancements. Stucco finish, as opposed to other finishes, applies well over both wood-sheathed and masonry homes.

Essentially a cement plaster wall covering, this siding involves a cement-type mixture that consists of sand, Portland cement, lime, and water. Stucco is considered to be a thin finish coat, and the exterior is created by layering the mixture all over the outside of the home. There are a variety of ways to apply it and many different architectural styles can be achieved through the use of shapes and textures.

In order for stucco siding to work, there must be the proper layers beneath it to provide an acceptable base. It is generally applied to the building using a wire framework that helps the stucco adhere easily. Nowadays, stucco can be bought pre-mixed at your local home improvement center and only requires the addition of water.

Advantages to Stucco Siding

Stucco siding is considered to be the most popular option historically across the Southwest. It accounts for nearly 60 percent of all homes in these areas and is used nationally on about 23 percent of siding. Its popularity likely has to do with its durability, versatility, low maintenance, and more associated advantages.

  • Durability: While the majority of stucco manufacturers offer warranties that are between 15 and 20 years, stucco siding that is properly maintained can actually last more than a century. This fact is further proved by the large amount of stucco-sided structures, still standing, that date back to the 19th century or even earlier. It also stands up well to most weather conditions (aside from moisture), wind, and debris.
  • Customization: Stucco siding offers the choice of virtually any color and texture that you desire. It can also be molded to create elaborate decorative enhancements on the exterior of your home. The customization options with stucco siding are endless. You can have an exterior surface that is smooth, rough, or even inlaid with a pattern. Stones or other decorative elements can be added to the mixture in addition to dye for creating a custom color. You also have the option of applying an acrylic finish to your stucco to help lock in the color.
  • Low Maintenance: Stucco is considered to be one of the more low maintenance home siding options. To preserve your investment, all it needs is an annual cleaning and inspection. It may develop small hairline cracks over time but all these require is a quick patch up.
  • Resistant: When properly installed and maintained, stucco is resistant to a number of things including insects, fungus, rot, and fire. In fact, it resists insects, fire, and weather better than all other siding materials but brick. Unlike other materials, stucco is seamless and does a great job of sealing off rain and snow.

Disadvantages to Stucco Siding

On the other hand, a stucco home exterior does come with a few disadvantages. The chief among these is the fact that wear and dirt are much more easily visible than on other siding materials.

  • High Humidity Problems: While stucco performs well in warm, dry environments, areas with high humidity and heavy rainfall can present some issues. Since stucco tends to become oversaturated, it will not hold up very well in exceptionally wet environments. This can actually lead to the building materials underneath becoming waterlogged over time.
  • Cracking: Although stucco is considered to be very durable, its stiffness actually makes it rather brittle. If you live in areas where the ground experiences frequent shifting or earthquakes, stucco may not be the best option. In general, stucco can be damaged quite easily because of drastic shifts in temperature or even when it is hit by something. Woodpeckers can peck holes in the surface, flying debris can cause damage, and accidental scraping by your lawnmower can cause the material to crack and flake off.
  • Not a Budget-Friendly Option: Stucco is considered to be more cost-effective than many other types of siding, but is not always the most budget-friendly choice. It is typically more expensive than both vinyl and fiber cement siding due to labor costs. Stucco is also not a basic DIY project, as the process of applying it is complex, labor-intensive, and best suitable for a professional.

How to Maintain Stucco Siding

Though stucco siding is known for its minimal maintenance requirements, you’ll want to inspect and clean in annually to help preserve your investment. During your yearly inspection, check for cracks, pocking, and any debris or dust that has collected on the stucco surface. You especially want to look out for any areas that moisture may have infiltrated below the surface. Cracks and holes can allow mold and mildew to grow and will negatively affect the building materials beneath the stucco.

When it comes to the cleaning of a stucco siding, there are a few different ways that you can go about it. To remove dirt that has accumulated you may be able to take your standard garden hose and rinse it. If simply spraying the surface down isn’t enough, you can try mixing together a solution of mild dish detergent and hot water and scrubbing it on the surface with a stiff nylon brush.  

For more of a deep clean of your stucco, using a power washer is another great option. However, you’ll want to use special care to ensure that you don’t damage or chip the surface. If you discover and stains caused by mold or mildew, these should be cleaned using a solution of one-part bleach and one-part water. Apply it to the affected area, allow it to soak for up to five minutes, and then rinse it to remove.

Quick Tip: Never allow the bleach mixture to dry on the surface, as it can discolor or permanently damage the stucco.

How to Repair Stucco

In regards to repairing stucco siding, repairs are typically infrequent but very easy and affordable to fix. Cracking is the most common problem that plagues stucco and the best method is to simply fill them with a flexible exterior caulk. The best type of caulk for the job is elastomeric, meaning that is both exceptionally durable and flexible.

Any chips that occur in the siding should be repaired using a stucco patch. However, large chips can be replaced by securing them with an elastomeric caulk as the glue. Smaller chipping can be filled with the same caulk or another patching similar material.

Cost of Stucco Siding

The average cost to stucco a house is $4,417, with the majority of homeowners paying anywhere from $1,836 to $7,103. These estimates include the materials, labor, and supplies needed for the stucco installation. Regardless, the price that you can expect to pay for stucco siding will depend on the type of stucco, complexity of the project, and where you live.

Installing stucco siding can be very difficult and is not recommended to be done as a DIY project. Since the costs associated with hiring an experienced professional are what make the price so high, stucco may not be the best choice for you, and your home, if you are on a tight budget.

Engineered Wood Siding

While it resembles natural wood, engineered wood siding is constructed using composite materials. Whether it goes by the name TruWood, Catawba, or SmartSide, engineered wood siding products all boast that they have a technological advantage over their real-wood counterparts. These products are specially engineered to eradicate flaws, contest deterioration, and be affordable to both install and maintain.

Unlike fiber cement siding or vinyl siding, engineered wood consists of actual wood ingredients. At its core, engineered wood siding products are made up of wood chips that are bonded together with a resin. The actual formulation will vary based on the manufacturer but, for example, LP Building Products’ SmartSide line is comprised of wood strands coated in a resin binder and compressed to create each individual board.

Manufactured wood siding is generally treated with a zinc borate, making it resistant to insects such as termites, and fungal decay. Engineered wood siding can be cut into panels, planks, shakes, trim, and other accessories. To create a moisture-resistant barrier, a top layer of overlay that is steeped with resin is affixed using industrial strength glue. This overlay is typically embossed to give it either a smooth texture or wood grain appearance.

In regards to styles, you can find both engineered wood lap and panel siding. Lap siding is installed horizontally, whereas, panel siding can be installed in virtually any direction. To reduce the number of seams, engineered wood lap boards are made in longer lengths than natural wood. For ease of install, faux cedar shake siding is constructed in panels with both staggered and straight edges, depending on preference.

Advantages to Engineered Wood Siding

Many of the reasons why homeowners opt to install engineered wood for their home’s siding are as follows:

  • More affordable than the real thing. Those who want to achieve that natural wood look can do it at a fraction of the cost with engineered wood siding.
  • Resembles real wood. When compared with vinyl or aluminum siding, engineered wood siding looks much closer to the real thing.
  • Resists impact. As opposed to vinyl, aluminum, and fiber cement siding, tests indicate that engineered wood resists impact better. Vinyl is generally very susceptible to damage upon impact and you will not have this problem with engineered wood siding.
  • Offers good warranties. Depending on the manufacturer, you may be able to obtain a warranty that is 30 years and transferable. This can be a great selling point for your home and could even increase its resell value. Potential buyers will know that if they experience any problems, they will be covered.
  • Stronger than teal wood. Aside from resembling natural wood, one of the major draws to engineered wood siding is the fact that it is specially designed to withstand elements that would otherwise cause natural wood to rot or deteriorate. With this material, it is very unlikely that you will experience any sort of rot, insects such as termites, and more. It is also able to handle both extreme heat and extreme cold without warping or weakening.
  • Resistant to mold, mildew, and pests. While natural wood needs to be constantly stained in order to prevent the infiltration of pests and damage caused by moisture. You simply will not have these problems to the same extent with engineered wood siding.
  • Easy to cut and install. Vinyl and fiber cement materials can be difficult to cut. Whereas, engineered wood siding cuts just like real wood, despite the fact that it was constructed with additives. In addition to easy cutting, it can also be installed easily without the use of any special tools or equipment.
  • Relatively eco-friendly. The majority of the ingredients used to create engineered wood siding are recycled materials. Instead of them being thrown out or placed in a landfill, manufacturers repurpose their wood waste and use it to make their engineered wood products.

Disadvantages to Engineered Wood Siding

While there are a number of benefits associated with engineered wood siding, it is not without its flaws. Some of the drawbacks to engineered wood siding include:

  • Some products fail. Make sure that you do plenty of research on the manufacturer and engineering wood product before you purchase it. Some have been known to experience significant moisture-related problems from both installation errors and product imperfections.
  • Meticulous maintenance is required. Moisture is, by far, the most relevant drawback to engineered wood siding. Any damage that occurs to the surface can result in the ideal environment for moisture to infiltrate. This will cause warping, swelling, and sometimes both. It is essential that the surface of your engineered wood siding is meticulously maintained and painted regularly to ensure that it stays in good condition.
  • A perfect look can be a downside. Since engineered wood siding is manufactured, you don’t get the natural variation that comes with real wood. For some, the perfection and repetitiveness can be a downside. If you desire the dissimilarities that natural wood brings, engineered wood siding simply won’t cut it.

Cost of Engineered Wood Siding

One of the primary reasons that homeowners elect to go with engineered wood siding is that it is much cheaper than traditional wood. In fact, you can save as much as 50% when you install engineered wood instead of real wood. For the material itself, you can expect the following costs for engineered wood siding:

  • Lap siding: $1.20 to $2.20 a square foot for engineered wood
  • Shakes: $2.30 to $3.30 a square foot when constructed of engineered wood

While you can certainly install engineered wood siding yourself, hire a professional for the best results. The cost to install this type is siding, without material included, is generally between $1.70 and $6 per square foot. However, the cost to install engineered wood siding will depend on these factors:

  • The style. Overall, is more expensive to install shakes than lap siding, as the process is more involved and takes more time. When it comes to lap siding, each board contains more square footage, making the install faster and simpler.
  • The cost to hire siding contractors where you live. Depending on where you live, it may cost more to hire siding contractors if the general cost of living is higher. For example, if you live in California, you can expect to pay more for a professional than you would in Georgia.
  • The size of your house. The bigger your home, the more siding material is required, the more time it will take to install, and the higher the labor costs.
  • Siding removal. You will pay more if you require old siding to be removed. However, you can save money by having your engineered wood siding installed over existing materials.

In general, the average cost to have engineered wood installed, materials included, is between $6 and $10 a square foot.

How to Choose Your Home’s Siding

With such a wide variety of siding options to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decision for your home. After all, exterior siding can make or break the appearance of a home.

However, it isn’t all about aesthetics, there are other factors to consider when choosing what siding to install. These include durability, insulation, budget, ease of maintenance, and more. When you invest in new siding, the ultimate goal is to enhance your home, provide protection, and offer a longer lifespan. Here are five tips for choosing the right siding for your home:

1. Know Your Options

The first step in your home siding project is to be aware of your options. Some of these include natural wood, vinyl, brick, fiber cement, stucco, and more. If you’ve already examined the list outlined above, you’re ahead of the game. For a brief recap, brick and stone are some of the toughest materials on earth, resisting insects and rot, but at a high price point.

Vinyl siding combines reliability, price, and convenience but may not have the desired appearance you’re looking for. Wood siding creates a traditional look and is durable, but requires quite a bit of maintenance to ensure that you don’t experience any rotting, warping, or fires. Educating yourself on each material’s price, pros, and cons will help you gauge which types of siding work best for you and your home’s exterior.

2. Research Siding Designs

The siding on your home is one of the first things that visitors will see. It undeniably plays a major role in achieving excellent curb appeal for your home. Aside from the material, it’s important that you spend some time choosing the right design and color of your siding.

Searching online can give you a great idea of what type of look you desire. You can also drive around your neighborhood or surrounding area to gather some design ideas and inspiration from other homeowners.

3. Consider Weather

When it comes to the exterior of your home, the weather should be a key consideration. Since your siding helps to protect your home from the elements, it’s important that you factor in the particular climate where you live in your decision-making process.

Understand which siding options are best suited for your environment, whether you experience freezing temperatures, exceptionally hot temperatures, lots of rain and high humidity, or intense sun. Siding that has UV protection and additional insulation can help ensure that your home can withstand various weather conditions.

4. Get a Second Opinion

Speak with family and friends to offer their input on your many siding choices. You can also ask a siding contractor or a professional home designer for their experienced advice on what siding would work best for your situation.

It can be very overwhelming to weed through your options, while also considering your gutters, trim, roof, windows, shutters, and more. Seeking feedback from others can be beneficial and leave you feeling confident with your final decision.

5. Choose a Reliable Siding Contractor

Choosing the right contractor goes hand-in-hand with choosing the right siding for your home. You want to make sure that the contractor you select is licensed and insured with plenty of references. That way, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your siding project will be completed with the necessary care and quality.

Using high-quality materials and high-quality services will ensure that your siding is installed properly. After all, incorrect installation can end up causing serious destructive problems to both your siding and home’s structure.

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Related Questions

Can siding increase a home’s value?

According to experts, adding fresh vinyl siding to a home can increase the value by around 76.7% of the project cost. If maintaining your home’s value is very important to you, make sure that you choose a siding that will withstand the elements, has a long lifespan, and offers minimal maintenance.

Is it worth it to install insulated siding?

The advantages of installing insulated siding will largely depend on the insulation your home’s exterior already has. Regardless, most homes will still benefit from any sort of additional insulation. For example, the insulated vinyl variety provides a significant amount of energy savings. While insulated products are around 50% more than non-insulated materials, you can expect to recoup the additional cost over tie with lowered utility bills.

How often should you replace your siding?

The answer to this question depends on the type of siding that you have on your home and its individual life expectancy. The most common siding options have the following lifespans:

  • Natural Wood Siding: Wood siding has a longevity range of 20 to 40 years.
  • Aluminum Siding: Tied with wood siding, aluminum will last between 20 and 40 years before needing replacement.
  • Steel Siding: Steel siding is known for its durability. When properly installed and maintained, it will last you 40 years or more.
  • Stucco Siding: Stucco installed on a backer board over a wood-framed wall will last 50 to 60 years. Whereas, stucco that is installed over concrete has an estimated lifespan of 60 to 80 years.
  • Vinyl Siding: With minimal effort and very little cleaning vinyl siding is expected to last around 60 years. However, if you engage in more rigorous maintenance and care, your vinyl siding can last you up to a century.
  • Fiber Cement Siding: Fiber cement is becoming almost as popular as vinyl in regards to siding materials. When installed properly and regularly maintained, it can last you more than a century.
  • Brick Siding: Brick buildings are built to last and have withstood the test of time. Expect homes with brick exteriors to last 100 years or more. However, brick veneer will generally only last 20 to 25 years.
  • Stone Siding: Similar to brick, stone has been used in construction for centuries and is one of the most powerful materials on the planet. Expect your stone home to last over 100 years. Stone veneer or faux stone, on the other hand, typically lasts between 20 and 75 years.

Jessica Stone

Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.

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