Home exteriors inevitably need a little update every 20 or 30 years. But choosing among all of the different types of house siding involves a lot of different factors. Above all, you want something that will protect your home for another 30 years or more.
Changing or updating the siding on your home is one of the most important home improvements you can make to add value to your home. You also want to ensure that you’re getting the most for your money while building equity.
If you’re trying to narrow down your choices for the right house siding, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll break down the five most popular types of siding and show you some other options so you can weigh out the pros and cons. Keep reading to learn more.
Sifting through the different types of siding takes some time. You’ll want to know what the most popular options are because they are also generally the most cost-effective. But, you may also be interested in comparing the popular types to those that are not commonly found, especially if you really want to add some pizzaz to your home exterior.
Take a look at these five most popular types of house siding to get a better gist of what you’re shopping for.
Vinyl siding comes in a range of styles, textures, and colors including vertical and horizontal panels and wood shake/shingle styles. The cost is low to moderate averaging around $3 to $8 per square foot (plus labor). The great thing about vinyl is that it is a low maintenance material and can last as long as 50 years.
Wood siding is available in a wide variety of styles, finishes and textures but does require an exterior finish such as stain or paint. The cost is moderate to high averaging anywhere from $3 to $14 per square foot installed. Because wood requires a stain or paint finish, it is prone to problems from moisture if the home is not properly ventilated.
Metal siding is also available in a wide range of styles including panels, vertical strips and even shingles. You can find aluminum siding for about $3 to $6 per square foot and uncoated steel sells for about $4 to $8 per square foot. Steel and aluminum are both low maintenance materials but may be prone to denting.
Fiber cement siding looks very similar to natural wood when installed properly. It is extremely durable but a bit on the pricier side for siding. You can have fiber cement siding installed for about $10 per square foot.
This material is low maintenance and is not subject to rot or insect damage. It can last as long as 50 years.
Insulated siding is another type of vinyl siding with an insulating layer made from expanded polystyrene foam or EPS. The EPS gives the siding a closer fit to your home and therefore holds air in better making your home more energy efficient. Many homeowners report a 20% increase in their energy efficiency with insulated siding.
Some siding types are not siding at all but rather a composition material that is applied to the exterior of your home. Otherwise, the home is manufactured with siding specific to the design. Here are some options to consider if you like to think outside of the box.
Stucco is a popular siding in the Southwest regions of the United States for the drier climates. Stucco does not handle moisture well. It is, however, very easy to maintain in a dry climate and cleans well with a pressure washer.
Stucco is made from the combination of lime or sand and cement and can be painted almost any color you can imagine.
Brick comes in a wide variety of colors giving homeowners plenty of options to suit their taste. It is on the pricier side depending on the size of your home and installation is also expensive. Brick is easy to maintain and durable, lasting for a lifetime and beyond.
Concrete is best known for its durability and strength but it should also be noted that concrete is one of the most energy efficient siding options you can have. Installation of concrete is the most expensive cost associated with this type of siding.
The most common types of stone used for siding on homes include flagstone, slate, lime, and granite. Natural stone is very costly and requires professional installation but once it’s installed requires little maintenance and will last a lifetime. Besides that, you’ll have the nicest looking home on the block.
Engineered wood is a type of siding that is more affordable than the real thing and lasts anywhere from 20 to 30 years. One drawback is that you cannot stain or paint it.
For a truly luxurious and elegant home exterior (and interior), glass is a beautiful and unique option. The only drawback is that you will be cleaning windows for the rest of your life!
Choosing among the different types of house siding doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Keep these lists in mind as you journey through your decision so you can feel confident with your final choice.
The first thing to remember is whether or not the siding that you’re considering will complement the exterior of your home. You can think about cost afterward. And, the rest is history!
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