When it comes to remodeling the exterior of your home or building one from scratch, a big choice is the type of siding you want to put on your home. There are many pros and cons to each type of siding and can often be overwhelming. At My-Pros, our team makes sure the process is as easy as possible and wants to ensure you know all your options. Siding can change the look of an entire home and takes up a lot of real estate, so it’s important to make the right choice. Let’s look at the six most popular siding types in the US.
Vinyl is the most popular choice in the United States. Vinyl siding is a plastic exterior from your home. It is made primarily out of polyvinyl chloride resin, more commonly known as PVC.
- There are many different types and choices of vinyl siding out there, from different colors to shapes and sizes. There are even different textural options available to imitate different types of siding.
- It is the most economical siding option upfront. Since it is made of plastic, it has a lower production cost than other natural siding types.
- Vinyl siding is very easy to clean and can be done with a power washer or a bucket of soapy water.
- Vinyl siding is generally durable, having a lifespan of about 30-40 years.
- Vinyl siding is NOT waterproof, it is water-resistant. This means there is a potential for water damage to the structure of your home.
- The plastic can bend under extreme heat conditions. It can crack during very cold times and melt from heat sources like a barbeque grill.
- Once the color of the siding is chosen, it must be replaced to get a new color as it cannot be repainted.
- It can be scratched, cracked, and dented during storms from hail or tree branches.
The second most common siding choice, stucco is a mixture of cement, sand, limestone, water, and other additives for increased strength and flexibility. Stucco can be seen throughout history for a common siding choice for hundreds of years.
- Stucco is very durable in many weather conditions and will not be damaged during hail storms.
- There is a wide variety of colors and textures available from the manufacturer when choosing stucco siding.
- The siding is low maintenance and does not require much upkeep from the homeowner.
- Since it is a blend of cement, it is fire resistant as well as insect resistant.
- As your home settles and expands and contracts with weather changes, the stucco siding can crack and need to be repaired. This can be a costly endeavor.
- Stucco siding should not be painted and thus once you pick a color, you must remain with it for the life of the siding.
- Stucco is costlier than vinyl, aluminum, and fiber cement siding options.
- Though it is more expensive than other options, it is still not as durable as brick siding.
Brick is a traditional choice for architecture for hundreds of years, and it is the third most common siding choice in the US. Brick is considered to last forever and has a historical presence. Non-brick built homes can still be replaced with a brick veneer, which is a finished exterior layer that sits on the outside of the home.
- Brick can last well over 100 years with no maintenance necessary.
- Brick is fire resistant and can help protect your home.
- It does not need to be repainted or finished once it is installed.
- Brick is termite-proof and extremely durable. This durability combined with its fire resistance can lead to lower insurance costs.
- It is likely the most expensive siding option on the market.
- Though it can be painted, once it has been, it cannot be returned to its original color or finish.
- The brick itself is extremely durable, but the mortar joints may deteriorate and need replacement, which can be very costly.
Fiber cement siding is a mixture of wood, sand, and cement. It is created to look and feel like natural wood siding.
Fiber Cement Pros
- You can enjoy the look and feel of wood siding without the high maintenance costs or susceptibility of insect infestations.
- Though not fire resistant, the fiber cement has a class 1 fire rating.
- It is not prone to decay, due to the mixture of the sand and cement.
- There are many different finish and texture options available on the market.
Fiber Cement Cons
- Fiber cement is more expensive than vinyl siding.
- It requires upkeep and needs to be repainted every 12-15 years.
- If the finish is damaged or chipped, it will need to be touched up annually.
Wood siding comes in a variety of different options and is the fifth most common in the states. The most common options for wood siding include pine, fir, cedar, and redwood.
- Wood is a lightweight siding option and thus has a quicker installation time and lower labor costs.
- It is the eco-friendliest option on the market and a natural substrate to use on your home.
- Wood can be either stained or painted to get the color you want and can be changed for a different color later.
- Wood siding has a high R-value and is energy efficient. This can save you money in the long run versus other siding types.
- Wood siding must be constantly maintained, either repainted or resealed to protect from the elements.
- It can be easily damaged by water and is prone to insect infestations. These infestations can lead to internal damage as well as external damage from birds attempting to eat the insects.
- It is very costly to maintain, as it must be stained every 2-3 years or painted every 4-5.
- Wood siding is NOT fire resistant. Its fire rating can vary based on the type of wood used.
The least common siding choice on this list is metal. Metal siding can be made from either aluminum or steel.
- Metal siding will not mold or rot from the elements. It also will not fade from the elements.
- There is not much maintenance required from metal siding if it is properly installed.
- It is an eco-friendly material and adds great character to a home.
- It is a fire resistant material.
- Steel siding is resilient to hail and won’t be damaged in storm season.
- If it is not properly installed, metal siding can rust and require costly repairs.
- Aluminum options can be easily dented by hail and tree branches.
- Steel is very heavy and had high installation and labor costs.
- If scratched, it will need to be resealed and repainted every time.
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