If you’re in the process of doing upgrades to your home, curb appeal is a huge factor. And one of the best ways to enhance curb appeal is to choose an appropriate style of house siding.
Siding is the protective material on the exterior of your house that beautifies your home and makes it the envy of the neighborhood. If you don’t do your homework, however, you may end up with siding that doesn’t quite match the décor of your home.
To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, we’ve put together this “siding primer,” which walks you through everything you need to know about the most popular types of siding on the market today. And once you’ve reviewed the five house siding styles we’ve outlined below, you’ll have a much better idea of what’s available, and the best option to complement your overall design aesthetic.
House Siding Option 1: Wood
Wood siding is an outstanding choice if you want to create a rustic, old school appearance that takes you back in time. Wood boards, wood planks, wood panels and wood shingles are all common examples of this type of siding, and chances are, you’ve probably seen it on a lot of preservation homes.
This type of siding comes in a wide variety of textures and appearances. For example, wood clapboard siding runs horizontal with joints that overlap, whereas wood planks run vertical.
There are several advantages to wood siding, including:
- Easy To Repair and Replace
- Classic Appearance
- Multiple Stain Options
- Multiple Styles and Colors
- Quick Installation
- Environmentally Friendly – since wood is a renewable resource
It’s important to note that there are also several disadvantages, including:
- Requires Routine Maintenance – You have to paint or stain it every few years, which can be costly.
- Heightened Termite Risk
- A Higher Installation Cost Than Other Types of Siding
- Costs More To Install Over Old Siding
House Siding Option 2: Vinyl
Vinyl house siding is an affordable way to achieve your goal of enhancing the exterior appearance of your house while simultaneously providing long-lasting protection against the elements. Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a durable material that is most often available in stripes that feature interlocking edges that join together, it’s an extremely popular choice for homeowners because it comes in a wide variety of colors and options, including panels that run vertically and horizontally. Some vinyl siding is even manufactured to mimic the appearance of real wood.
Furthermore, vinyl siding eliminates the time needed to keep your siding looking clean since it’s so low-maintenance. And forward-thinking contractors have developed enhanced color technology systems in which colors resist fading and weathering for a long lasting, upscale appearance.
Advantages of vinyl siding include:
- Most Affordable Type of Siding
- Low Maintenance
- Easy To Reinstall
- Water Repellent
- Doesn’t Require Repainting
Disadvantages of vinyl siding include:
- Cracking Risks In Frigid Weather
- Prone To Warping and Buckling
- Prone To Melting In Extreme Heat
House Siding Option 3. Fiber Cement
Home siding has gone through some innovations in the past few years, and one of the outcomes is fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is made from cement, clay, wood pulp and sand. And best of all, you can select colors that look exactly like natural wood siding. Because of how closely it resembles wood, unless people who visit your house are contractors or home building experts, they won’t have a clue that your siding isn’t real wood.
Fiber cement siding isn’t totally new, however. This particular type of siding was popular back in the 1980s, but was made with asbestos. Once news about the health hazards of asbestos hit mainstream media, its popularity plummeted. Due to advancements in building materials, however, it’s now made with safer composites.
Some of the advantages of using fiber cement siding include:
- Durable in All Types of Weather
- Multiple Color Options
- Accepts Paint Well
- Termite Resistant
- Seamless Installation Prevents Mold and Mildew
Disadvantages of fiber cement siding include:
- Expensive Installation – this is due to the number of people it takes to deliver and install this type of siding.
- Requires Repainting
House Siding Option 4. Stucco
Stucco siding is another popular option that is made from sand, cement, silica, lime, and water.
There are many advantages of stucco siding, including:
- Quick and Easy Installation
- Less Expensive Than Wood Siding
- Versatile – it can be installed over wood and concrete frame houses
- Noise Reduction in the Home
- Fire Resistance
- Mold and Mildew Resistance
- Colors Typically Last Longer Than Other Types Of Siding
There are also some drawbacks to installing stucco siding, including:
- More Expensive To Install Than Vinyl and Fiber Cement – this is mostly because stucco requires multiple layers before the job is completed
- Less Water Resistant than Vinyl
House Siding Option 5. Brick Veneer
Brick veneer should be more aptly named ‘close-but-not-really-brick,’ because it’s made from clay brick and mortar, just like regular bricks are. The most noteworthy difference is that it’s usually less than one-inch thick. Brick veneer siding is a good option if you want your home to have what seems like a brick exterior, without having to pay for the actual cost of real brick, which can get expensive rather quickly.
The most noteworthy benefits of using brick veneer siding include:
- Expensive-Looking Brick Appearance
- Extremely Durable
- Low Maintenance
- Installation Costs That Are Less Expensive Than Using Real Brick
There are some drawbacks to using brick veneer siding, however.
- Installation Costs Are More Expensive Than Wood, Vinyl and Fiber Cement Siding
- It Retains Moisture In Wet Weather – in areas with frequent rain, the brick veneer siding can damage exterior frame of your house.
Siding Is An Investment
Because when you choose to replace your home siding, you’re investing in the overall value of your house, it’s important to carefully consider your budget, design scheme, and the weather in the area where you live so that you make the most educated decision possible.
If you’re thinking about installing new siding, please contact the professionals of LEI Home Enhancements at 513-318-1512