Great siding is an important part of an attractive home. If you’re selling or renting a property, you need to maximize your curb appeal; if you’re living there, it’s just nice to have a beautiful home that you can be proud of.
New siding can completely transform the look of a home, giving it a fresh look or an entirely different style. If you want to update your home’s exterior, there are several types of home siding to consider.
Many materials are used for siding, each with its own pros and cons. What’s the best home siding for you? That depends on the look you’re going for, your budget, and more.
Read on to learn about the different types of siding styles available today.
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular forms of siding on the market. It’s what people think of first when they picture siding. There are a number of reasons for that, one of which is the price. Vinyl siding is very affordable.
Another major benefit of vinyl siding is that it comes in a wide variety of styles. You can get vertical or horizontal panels, with a nearly endless array of colors to choose from.
The main drawback of vinyl siding is that it’s less durable than other home siding options. Even so, well-maintained vinyl siding can last up to fifty years.
There’s also insulated vinyl siding–vinyl siding with insulation built right into the panel. There are two benefits to insulated vinyl siding: first, and most obviously, it improves your home’s insulation; second, it’s more durable.
Another major player in the siding industry is wood siding. Wood siding offers a rustic, traditional look that a lot of homeowners love. It’s a bit more expensive than the vinyl siding on average.
Like vinyl, wood siding comes in many styles. There are vertical looks such as board and batten (more commonly called barn siding), horizontal styles like clapboard, shingles, and more.
Wood is more durable than vinyl, justifying the higher price tag. It does require a finish of some kind, though, such as a wood stain or paint. On the bright side, there are lots of options for customization with your finish!
Your home’s ventilation can also affect the durability of the siding in ways that aren’t a problem for options like vinyl or metal.
Moisture can cause the wood to warp or swell, especially if it wasn’t finished properly.
Basic metal siding is on the more affordable end of the siding spectrum, with prices comparable to vinyl siding. It also comes in a surprising number of styles, making it more versatile than you might expect.
There are faux wood looks, painted metal, and of course bare steel styles. There’s a beautiful metal siding option for every home!
Aluminum and uncoated steel are the two primary materials used in metal siding, with aluminum being the cheaper option. Steel siding is heavier and harder to install, making it more expensive.
Aluminum siding, while cheaper, is also softer and may be prone to denting. It can fade over time, too. Luckily, replacing aluminum siding is easy and affordable!
Metal siding is also recyclable, so if you have to get it replaced, you can rest easy knowing that the materials won’t sit in a landfill.
Brick siding is one of the more striking siding options in terms of appearance. Many homeowners love the classic look of a brick façade, which brick siding can provide even if your home isn’t made of brick.
Unsurprisingly, brick siding is one of the sturdiest types of home siding out there. It’s also an environmentally friendly product. If you decide to replace it later, the materials are all reusable.
Brick is low-maintenance; it can last a century without much effort on the homeowner’s part. It stands up well to most kinds of weather, so it’s great for both wet and dry climates.
It also resists fire, termites, and other bugs–traits it shares with metal siding.
The only downside is the higher price. It’s also less customizable than other siding types, but that’s probably not a concern, since most people who choose it are after the brick aesthetic anyway.
Fiber-cement siding has a unique construction. While metal, wood, and vinyl siding are all made mostly out of, well, metal, wood, or vinyl, fiber-cement siding is made of wood pulp, cement, and more.
In terms of appearance, fiber-cement siding looks a lot like wood siding. It doesn’t have the same drawbacks, though. This siding doesn’t have issues with moisture, and it’s not as vulnerable to pests like termites.
Fiber-cement is also less susceptible to rot and more resilient against fire.
One major drawback is, as you might expect, a higher price tag. It also needs more maintenance than some other styles of siding; for instance, you need to repaint it every twelve years or so.
Stone siding is a lot like brick siding: it gives your home a beautiful, traditional look using natural materials. It’s environmentally conscious, attractive, durable, and low-maintenance.
Another thing it has in common with brick siding is a higher cost than many other siding options. That price might be worth it if you want a siding that looks great and will last a lifetime.
Stone is a little bit more customizable than brick. You can use slate, limestone, and many other types of stone, depending on the style you’re going for.
If you want the look of stone at a lower price point (and with less complex installation), you can opt for stone veneer siding.
Stone veneer siding is a siding sheet that looks like stone and has many of the same qualities, but weighs less and is more affordable.
Understanding the Types of Home Siding
With so many types of home siding to choose from, it can be difficult to choose what you want for your house. By understanding the different types of siding styles available, you can get your home looking the way you want.
Are you interested in transforming your house with beautiful new siding? Schedule an estimate with us today to take the first step towards the home upgrade of your dreams!