Siding Options for Your Home

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:15 - Lynn Brown

There’s more to siding than just vinyl. It may be the most popular choice and a very affordable one, but there are other options available to modern homeowners. If you are ready for an exterior remodeling project then consider new siding on your home. Here are a few choices for you to consider.

Wood Siding

A top choice of homeowners for centuries, wood siding continues to be in high demand. It can withstand extreme temperatures and is very durable. Available in a wide range of styles and finishes, it will complement your home and increase curb appeal. The biggest single drawback to wood siding is that it does need to be painted every few years. However, when properly cared for this siding can last for fifty years or more.

Aluminum

With the ability to mimic the look of wood siding, aluminum is an excellent alternative that requires very little maintenance. Available in a full range of colors and textures, homeowners are sure to find something they love in aluminum siding. The biggest drawback is how easily it will dent when struck. A durable choice, aluminum siding can last more than 35 years with little maintenance.

Vinyl Siding

Like aluminum, this siding is a great alternative to wood if you want to avoid the tedious chore of painting. Available in a full range of styles, colors and textures, you can find the perfect siding for your home. Long lasting, most vinyl siding will continue protecting your home for 35 years or more. The one big drawback to vinyl is that it can crack and break if it is struck with something.

Cement Fiber

A newcomer to the residential market, cement fiber is growing in popularity. Extremely durable, this siding effectively mimics natural wood grains and is nearly indistinguishable from wood products. It installs like wood siding, but does not require regular coats of paint to protect it. Resistant to insect damage and rot, it usually comes with a warranty of fifty years.

Stucco

An excellent choice for homes in warmer climates, stucco is a type of plaster that creates a seamless covering on your home. It can be painted any color and will provide your home with a distinctive look. Durable and attractive, the one drawback is that stucco will absorb moisture. It should be properly installed with a drain system, and it is not always the best choice for northern climates that see a lot of rainfall.

Of course, the most durable siding choice is brick. If you love the look of brick, but can’t afford the labor involved, consider having a brick veneer put on your home. When choosing your siding, consider the maintenance requirements and longevity along with the price. Choosing the right siding now will provide you with years of satisfaction, so it may be worth it to increase the budget and get what you really love.