Choosing the siding of your home is a big decision that can determine the cost and maintenance added to your home. There are 15 different siding options and it is important to factor in water/weather resistance, ease of installation, aesthetics and versatility. Here are the current most popular siding options:
Several different options for wood siding: Shakes & Shingles, Bevel, Board & Batten. All of them require maintenance to prevent weather damage. Depending on maintenance, wood siding can last anywhere from 10 to 100 years. Prices range from $5-$10 per square foot depending on what type of wood you use. Cedar and redwood contain natural rot resistance but of course they will be on the higher end of the price spectrum.
Brick or Stone
Brick siding is one of the more expensive siding options but it is one of the most classic looks that can last the lifetime of your home. The investment can cost up to $15 per square foot. Brick is not water proof so it is important to install a water membrane between the brick and the house to protect the structure from weather damage.
Similar to brick, stone is a bit more expensive at up to $30 per square foot. The additional texture can be aesthetically pleasing and requires minimal maintenance.
Fiber Cement Siding
For a more cost effective siding with a similar look to brick, stucco or wood, you could use Fiber Cement Siding. It is low maintenance, non-flammable and termite resistant. At $6-$12 per square foot, this siding option will last 25-50 years.
The most popular siding in the US is vinyl. It is cost effective, easy to maintain, versatile for whatever angles your home may have, and can even be installed fairly easily yourself. Oftentimes manufacturers will provide a lifetime warranty for the siding that transfers upon the sale of a home.
The biggest downside of vinyl, especially for those that live in the northern states is that it is prone to cracking when exposed to cold weather. Vinyl can even be punctured by impact, including hail. When choosing vinyl, make sure your insurance has your exterior appropriately covered.
If you’re looking for more affordable or creative siding options, there are a few possibilities. Engineered wood is made with wood castoffs, including sawdust, using bonding agents. It typically has fewer imperfections than real wood, it is lightweight and less expensive. Once painted for weatherproofing, it can last up to 30 years.
Stone Veneer is a lighter and less expensive option to still have the stone look. With an annual cleaning and inspection, it is likely to last the lifetime of a house.
If you have any questions on what siding is right for your home, please contact us. If you’ve been considering a siding change, fall and winter are the best seasons to find great deals.