Home Siding Options

Posted on 25 February 2013

Looking to change your home’s exterior look? Then change the siding of your home. From cedar shakes to vinyl siding, there is every kind of material, which is going to suit your home’s style and fit your lifestyle.

Let us take a glance at some of the popular siding options for your home.

home siding options

Cedar Shakes Siding

Cedar shakes or cedar shingles are a very popular siding material. They are a classy siding material made up of original cedar. They are generally stained brown, earthen or gray in color and offer a natural wooden look. However, in comparison to wood clapboard, they require a very low maintenance.

Wood Clapboard Siding

Nowadays, although a lot of synthetic wooden products are available in the market, solid woods still happen to be one of the most favored home siding options for homeowners. If painted periodically, wood siding lasts longer than many other popular siding materials. Even today, if you have a look at the wooden-frame houses that were built centuries before, you’ll find they still look lovely.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is made from PVC plastic. Unlike cedar or wood, it does not flake or rot.  It is even less expensive than other siding materials and it’s installation cost is not so high. However, there are drawbacks of vinyl siding. It may crack, turn drab or fade over time. Moreover the material produces byproducts, which are harmful to the environment.

Fiber Cement Siding

This material is made of cement, cellulose fibers and sand. This type of siding generally looks like masony, stucco or wood. So, if you want to give your house exterior an authentic wooden look at a lower cost, fiber cement siding is a great choice. The material is durable, termite-resistant and fireproof and has a nearly filthy warranty.

Stucco Siding

Stucco is a popular siding material. It is made up of cement combined with water and inert materials like lime and sand. After 1950s, many homes were built with synthetic materials, which look like stucco. Quality synthetic stucco always proves to be durable. If you want, you can tint your stucco siding with the shade you want.

Aluminum Siding

Many people think aluminum siding as an old-fashioned choice but according to the siding contractors, it is the best alternative to vinyl siding. Both aluminum and vinyl sidings materials are durable and their maintenance is easy as well. However, the best part about aluminum is that it may fade and dent, but it will never crack like vinyl. It is even fireproof and is not harmful to the environment or your health.

Metal Siding

Metal siding is durable, tough, flexible and light-weight. It contracts and expands under extreme weather conditions. So it needs special sizing and special nails, tools and hanging techniques at the time of installation. In a word, installing metal sidings require professional expertise. To cut short, ideally you need to hire a siding contractor for the job!

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