Investing in home siding is another great way to protect and improve your home. Home exteriors are important. Choosing the right materials can be overwhelming. We share the “pros” and “cons” of the most popular siding materials to help.
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.
•Durable – 20 to 30 years.
•Wide range of colors.
•Varied design options – horizontal or vertical panels, dutch lap, shakes, shingles, beaded and fish scales or scallops.
•Not waterproof (only water-resistant).
•Once you choose a color, you cannot change or repaint it.
•Not environmentally friendly.
•Can be damaged by extreme weather conditions such as wind and high temperature causing cracks, rot and mold.
Wood siding is another popular 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.
•Quick to install.
•Sustainable as the Eco-friendliest siding on the market.
•Customization: can be stained and painted in custom colors.
•Has high R-Value and energy efficient.
•Champion of durability, lasting up to 100 years.
•Requires regular maintenance.
•Can be damaged over time by insects or water.
•More expensive choice.
•Not fire resistant.
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.
•Very durable – can last up to 50 years.
•Fireproof and water resistant.
•Safe from insect damage.
•Heavy and difficult to install.
•Touch-ups often necessary after installation.
•Metal siding comes in a variety of styles and designs, and is gaining significant popularity.
•Long lasting and durable -- outlasts most other home siding materials.
•Does not rot or mold due to water damage.
•Retains color without fading and can be painted.
•Reflects sunlight keeping homes cool during summer.
•Does not retain warmth in winter; can increase heating bills.
•Rusting occurs if not installed properly.
•Easily scratches and dents.
•Not hail resistant.
Other types of siding materials include:
•Stucco siding-- made from cement, sand, lime, water and oftentimes epoxy. It does not handle moisture well, but easy to maintain in a dry climate and comes in all colors.
•Brick siding -- fire resistant, durable but is one of the most expensive siding options available.
•Stone siding -- more costly and requires professional installation but once installed requires little maintenance and will last a lifetime. Besides that, you'll have the nicest looking home on the block.
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