A Closer Look at the Best Types of Siding for Your Home
Are you looking for a way to enhance the curb appeal of your home? You can start by installing one of the best types of siding! Fresh siding provides an instant facelift for any house.
However, choosing the right siding for your home can become complicated due to the variety of siding materials available. To help you on your journey, we’ve parsed out the most popular kinds of siding below.
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Common Types of Siding
Homeowners and potential buyers love wood siding for its natural appearance and warmth. However, the beauty of wood siding comes at a cost — it requires more maintenance than most other types of siding. Some of the most popular kinds of wood we use for siding include:
- Pine — Cost-effective and bonds to coatings; rots quickly if not maintained.
- Cedar — Sustainable and naturally weather-resistant; still requires a stain or sealant.
- Redwood — Maintains color and resists termites; expensive due to supply constraints.
- Fir — Holds a stain well and is available in long pieces; tends to warp if not fully sealed.
- Spruce — Works well for long clapboard sidings; does not prevent warping or insects.
- Engineered wood — Inexpensive and includes recycled materials; contains chemicals.
- Wood fiber cement siding — Fire-resistant and durable; appears unnatural.
If you decide on metal siding for your home, you have two options: steel siding and aluminum siding. We’ve compared steel and aluminum siding based on several factors, including:
- Affordability — Aluminum costs a little less than steel siding.
- Strength — Steel remains less likely to suffer damage during shipping and installation.
- Corrosion — Aluminum and steel siding both rust and corrode if left unprotected.
- Pest resistance — Steel and aluminum siding both offer unparalleled pest resistance.
- Ease of Installation — Contractors prefer to use aluminum because it’s lighter and easy to cut.
Stone siding remains popular when constructing or remodeling upscale homes. However, the heaviness of stone makes it expensive to ship and labor-intensive to install. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of stone siding types, including:
- Solid stone — Supreme durability and authenticity; heavy, expensive, laborious.
- Cultured stone — Molded cement that appears natural; lightweight, easy to install.
- Stone cladding — Beautiful, thin slabs of stone attached to a wall; requires sealant.
- Stone veneer — Separate wall raised in front of an existing structure; affordable.
- Foam “stone” — Weather-resistant, natural-looking polyurethane foam; feels unnatural.
Vinyl siding serves as one of the most popular siding options for new construction projects and home renovations. Vinyl offers homeowners a low-maintenance solution that comes in various styles and remains affordable for most budgets. Some of the most popular styles of vinyl siding mimic the aesthetics of siding made from other materials.
Board and Batten
Board and batten siding provides a welcoming, homey feel to the exterior of a house. The boards cover most of the exterior wall while the battens hide the seams between the boards. Homes with board and batten exteriors emerged with the proliferation of sawmills across the United States, displacing the log cabin. Vinyl board and batten siding is more affordable than the original.
Shake and Shingle
The popularity of shake and shingle siding ebbs and flows with time. However, you can always count on vinyl versions to reappear in new homes at some point. These two forms of overlapping tiles differ because shake has a rough surface due to the hand-splitting of logs, whereas shingles come out of the sawmill with a smooth surface.
Often seen in colonial homes, traditional clapboard siding consists of long overlapping planks of wood installed horizontally. On sunny days, clapboard plays with light and shadow to provide added visual interest to the exterior of a home. Variations of clapboard that offer an even more dramatic effect include lap siding and Dutch lap siding.
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