Siding Options: Things to Consider When it Comes Time to Reside your Home

Siding options.The exterior of your home is extremely important, both structurally and aesthetically. There are a huge array of siding options – ranging from stucco to wood to brick, and the list goes on. Each type of siding has its benefits and drawbacks. We wanted to break these options down based on their costs – and the long term outcomes of choosing a certain type of siding over another. Below is an analysis of 4 popular siding options to consider:

Vinyl Siding

Benefits:

  • Wide variety of colors and styles available

  • Lightweight but durable

  • Fast installation

  • Can be fitted over old siding

  • 30-50 year lifespan

Drawbacks:

  • Not exceptionally eco-friendly, made with PVC which does not degrade

  • Seams show where the panels meet

Cost: $2-$6 per square foot (installed)

Metal/Aluminum Siding

Benefits:

  • Comes prefinished with color or wood grain options

  • Dent resistant

  • Insect and Fireproof

  • Low maintenance

  • 50+ year lifespan

Drawbacks:

  • Dents are permanent

  • Scratches must be touched up professionally

Cost: $3-$5 per square foot (installed)

Fiber Cement/Stucco Siding

Benefits:

  • Strong compound which is made to be durable and weather resistant

  • High-end look

  • Does not require painting

  • 30 year warranty (generally)

Drawbacks:

  • Can crack and will need to be touched up

  • Special tools needed for installation, more involved in installation process

Cost: $5-$9 per square foot (installed)

Wood Siding

Benefits:

  • Easy to work with and install

  • Appealing to the eye

  • 100+ year lifetime

Drawbacks:

  • Upkeep is more involved; it can involve repainting every 5 years, restaining every 3 years, and redoing the clear finish every 2 years

  • Requires a clean surface to retrofit; all old siding must be removed

  • Species such as Pine or Fir can rot if not properly maintained

Cost: $6-$9 per square foot (installed)

Choosing the right siding option for your home is a big decision. Once you narrow down your choices, do your research and contact local contractors for estimates. Return on investment varies as well, whether this is important to you at this point or not, knowing how this investment will play out in the future may also influence your decision.

Residing your home is a long-term investment. Doing the appropriate research will help you determine what the best option is for your home. If money is not the bottom line, there are many other factors including region, durability, maintenance, and appearance. These things should all be considered when choosing which type of siding to use on your home. If you are having trouble deciding, get in touch with a trusted contractor whom you feel will give you quality answers to your questions. An informed decision is a good decision. This is your home: invest in it, protect it and enjoy it!

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