Which Type of Siding is Right for Your Home?
The siding you choose is a great way to add color and personality to your home. But with so many options to choose from, it can become overwhelming for homeowners trying to decide which type of siding is best for them. You have to consider everything from ease of installation to water resistance. Your siding is an important aspect of your home and can significantly increase its curb appeal. Understanding the difference between these types of siding will make it easier to decide which one is best for your home.
Vinyl is one of, if not the most popular type of siding there is. People love vinyl siding because of its low costs and easy maintenance. Some homeowners choose not to go with vinyl because it has a “plastic” look to it. However, vinyl’s variety of colors and styles allows you to completely customize your home’s siding so that it best fits your interests.
Wood siding is most commonly used for bungalows and cottages. It offers a rich, sophisticated look for your home. Most manufacturers choose red cedar or redwood to produce wood siding. These types of wood are the most attractive and offer the most durability. If maintained properly wood siding can last the lifetime of your home. However, it does require periodic maintenance to ensure its longevity. Chalking and painting are necessary to prevent any weather damage from deteriorating the wood. And don’t forget about the termites; wood is more susceptible than all other types of siding in regards to insects and rodent damage.
Wood siding comes in clapboard or shingles. Clapboard is when the planks of wood are aligned horizontally with the upper piece overlapping the lower piece. Shingles offer a smoother, more consistent look and can be cut into different shapes to add more texture to your home. Some manufacturers offer fire resistant shingles, which are required in some high-risk areas. Check the regulations in your area to see if you require fire resistant wood shingles.
Brick and Mortar
Brick siding is most common in Colonial, Tudor, and English cottage style homes. The style dates back hundreds of years and is still a popular choice. Today brick siding is usually a veneer constructed outside of the wood frame of your home and mortar is used to hold each of the bricks together. A water barrier is required before laying the bricks down since it can be very easy for water to penetrate brick veneer. While the aesthetics of brick siding can’t be denied, its intense labor requirements during installation cause the costs to be higher than most other types of siding.
Stone or Stone Veneer Siding
Homeowners love the natural beauty that stone siding brings to their homes. However, the materials used are more expensive and just like brick siding, its installation is more labor intensive than other types of siding. While this may be a concern for some, others feel the warmth and charm natural stone adds to their home is worth the investment.
Stone veneer siding is a great alternative to natural stone siding. Made from either natural or synthetic materials, it is much lighter and less expensive. Annual cleaning and inspecting of the siding will help you have longer lasting results.
Traditional stucco siding is made from a mixture of cement, building sand, lime, and water. To ensure that no water penetrates your inner walls, stucco is installed with a waterproof barrier and a weep screed for protection against water damage. If properly installed, stucco siding is a great option that requires little to no maintenance and can last the lifespan of your home.
EIFS synthetic stucco has become more popular amongst builders in recent years. Synthetic stucco looks like real stucco but is much easier to install and it is less expensive. Another benefit you get from synthetic stucco is that it provides better insulation than traditional stucco. However, it is more susceptible to absorbing moisture so it is imperative that synthetic stucco is installed properly with a water barrier.
If you desire the look of stucco or wood siding but require a lower cost, fiber-cement siding may be a great option for your home. Your walls will be extremely protected since this type of siding non-flammable and termite resistant. Available in a wide variety of styles and textures, fiber-cement siding can give you everything you’re looking for.
The Type of Siding that Best Suits You
The type of siding you choose for your home is very important. You want something that is durable, easy to maintain and fits perfectly with the style of your home. Your siding is one of the first things people notice about your home, so make sure it is exactly what you want.
Home Pro Remodeling can help you pick the best type of siding for your home. With over 25 years of industry experience, we ensure commitment to your project and high-quality results. Take a look at our before and after images to see our beautiful siding transformations or contact us today to get started.