Exterior siding options have increased in number so homeowners have many choices to suit all price ranges, tastes and needs. There are more popular exterior siding choices, such as vinyl which is the most popular siding in the United States, and less known exterior sidings such as fiber cement that are increasing in popularity. No matter which exterior siding option you choose, there are pros and cons to all exterior sidings.
Vinyl Siding: The pros of choosing vinyl siding include low-maintenance, inexpensive and easy to install. Cons of vinyl siding are it is fragile, prone to warping and breaking and is not eco-friendly. However, vinyl siding extremely versatile – – over 300 color options in horizontal, vertical, shingles, shakes and beaded designs.
Fiber Cement: This exterior siding option is giving vinyl a run for its first place seat. Fiber cement siding is composed of cement, sand and cellulose fiber. It is slightly more expensive than vinyl; however, it is also termite-resistant, water-resistant, non-flammable and guaranteed to last approximately fifty years. Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of textures that look like real wood but it is less expensive and more durable than real wood.
Wood Siding: Wood siding is available in an assortment of different styles including bevel siding, shakes, shingles, and board & batten siding. As an exterior siding option, wood is not as costly as stone or brick; however, it does require more maintenance (the dreaded painting). Wood is the classic choice for exterior siding and its beauty cannot be paralleled no matter what the cons may be.
Stucco Siding: Stucco is known for being low-maintenance and versatile because it washes clean with water and can be shaped and textured for many different architectural styles. Stucco is made from cement added to sand or lime with newer mixtures tinted different colors to avoid painting. Some people do not like the appearance of stucco but it is a sound siding choice.
Stone Siding: Stone is the most durable of all exterior siding options; however, it is also the one of the most costly exterior sidings. Stone resists all types of weather, is eco-friendly and is a beautiful exterior siding which choices such as granite, limestone and slate. Other than the cost and difficulty of installation, there really is not a downside to stone.
Brick Siding: Brick siding is also expensive to purchase but has the benefits of being durable, low-maintenance and beautiful. Today’s brick siding is available in a variety of colors and textures making brick more versatile than before.
Seamless Steel: Some homeowner’s are choosing seamless steel siding because there are literally no seams. The steel siding is custom fit to the exact measurements of the house. This siding option is still catching on but is not as popular as the options above.
Additional exterior siding options to choose from include engineered wood siding, aluminum or metal siding, stone and brook veneers and cedar shingles. No matter what exterior siding you choose, consider price, versatility, aesthetics, energy efficiency, installation and weather resistance when choosing your exterior siding.