When looking for the type of siding to use for your home, it is important to consider various factors that might influence the type of siding you end up with. There are several siding options in the market so you get to choose which one favors you more in terms of your budget allocation, factors such as resistance to weather or water effects, the energy efficiency of the siding materials, its durability, versatility and aesthetics and texture.
Various types of sidings available include: Vinyl siding, Metal siding, Stucco siding, Wood siding, Stone siding, Brick siding and Fiber Cement siding.
Each type of siding has its pros and weak points in relation to its performance in different types of climates, weather conditions, wear and tear, maintenance and cost of installation. One might be cheaper to install but incur high costs in maintenance, while another can be expensive to install but after that require little to none maintenance at all.
Here is an overview of each type of siding which might help in choosing the best type of siding for your home.
This siding comes in different profiles. You can either choose horizontal and vertical panels, shingles, board and batten, dutch laps, shakes, beaded and scallops. It is durable, lasting up to 40 years, and comes in a variety of color options. It can also be textured to look like wood without decaying or being susceptible to termite attacks. When doing an update of an old house, Vinyl siding can come in handy as it can be installed over existing materials.
2. Brick Siding
Brick siding is a good option when looking for a siding that will last for long, it lasts a lifetime. It might require a long installation time which makes it more expensive than other types of sidings, but in the long run it is long lasting, fire resistant, very low on maintenance as it does not fade, decay or need repainting.
3. Wood Siding
Wood siding has a high aesthetic value, it looks natural and beautiful. It is also available in a number of profiles which gives you a chance to choose the exact look you would like for the exterior of your house. In case of damage, it is easy to repair as it can be replaced in small quantities without needing to remove entire panels or sides as with other sidings. It can be repainted in a lot of colours, you can change the colour whenever you want! It is also more energy efficient than other types. Cost wise, it is easy and faster to install which makes it cheap in terms of labor and time, but it can be expensive in maintenance as it is prone to insects, water damage, must be repainted regularly and is not fire resistant.
4. Fiber Cement Siding
Fiver cement can be an alternative to wood. It will look and feel like wood, giving off the same aesthetic appeal, while avoiding wood weaknesses like susceptibility to insects and water damage.
5. Stucco Siding
This is made of lime mixture, sand and cement. It is durable, lasting up to 50-100 years with minimal maintenance. It will need frequent repainting, but otherwise damage repair is cheap as it does not need replacement of whole panels. It will also not present any insect infestation of rotting problems.
6. Stone Siding
This is a perfect siding to use for whatever structure you want for your home, storied or not. Real stone sidings can be very costly to install, but there’s the option of stone veneer which looks like real stone but costs half as much. Real stone sidings are resistant to moisture, extreme temperatures, insects, fires, all types of weather and require zero maintenance. So, with the high cost of installation comes minimal cost of maintenance. Stone veneer may not be as withstanding as real stone in the long run.
7. Metal Siding
Using a metal siding on your home gives it a retro and modern look. Materials used are steel and aluminium. Aluminium siding is a good choice if living in coastal areas as it protects against the salty air. Steel, though prone to rust, is ideal in harsh weather like hail storms due to its resilience. Metal sidings do not rot, fade, or get attacked by insects. They are fire resistant and good for dry areas or regions with frequent lightning storms. The most important decision to make first which will then pave way for more will be in accordance to your budget. This will now allow you to take a look at the different siding options available in the market and pick one that you would like for your home and can afford to install. Better, you can even use more than one type of siding in constructing your home exterior.