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A Guide to the Different Types of Siding for Your Home

Comfortable, energy-efficient, and, above all, functional are the key features of today’s best siding materials. Indeed, siding is an investment that can last you many years under average conditions.

As with any other material or type of home improvement that you can choose to install on your home, there will always be pros and cons for each option. But the pros for siding can include significant energy costs and environmental benefits. The look and feel of your home can even add to these benefits.

Here is a brief guide to the different types of siding available and their pros and cons so that you can make your choice confidently this time. Read on!

Vinyl Siding

It is available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles.

Compared to other siding materials, vinyl is affordable and versatile and is a low-maintenance choice, and can give homes a great finished look. Vinyl siding is resistant to insects, rot, and warping and can further help protect your home from the elements.

Vinyl siding also maintains its shape and color without the need for frequent repainting or siding replacement. While vinyl siding is a great option, it is important to note that it is not fireproof.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is an excellent choice for your exterior siding needs. It is a long-lasting, low-maintenance material that resists scratches, has strong fire resistance, and is resistant to damage from insects.

It is composed of a combination of cement, sand, and other materials that are held together by a waterproof adhesive. It is also environmentally friendly as it contains no formaldehyde. Fiber cement siding requires professional installation and can come in various colors, textures, and shapes.

It is easy to maintain as it requires only occasional cleaning with a soft brush or garden hose. It may need to be painted, but it rarely requires further maintenance.

Metal Siding

This is a popular residential siding choice for homeowners, especially in cooler climates that are more energy efficient.

Metal siding comes in a variety of profiles, materials, and thicknesses. Typical materials used for metal siding are aluminum, steel, and copper. Metal siding can be installed horizontally or vertically and offers an extremely low-maintenance option for a home’s exterior.

It’s scratch resistant, won’t rot or warp, and will remain rust-free if the proper type of metal siding is chosen. 

Stone and Brick Veneer

Stone and brick veneer is an attractive choice for siding your home. It is also highly durable, perfect for any climate. Stone and brick veneer siding comes in various natural, hand-selected, and cut stones, including marble, limestone, quartzite, sandstone, and slate.

Each stone has a unique look with its distinctive characteristics. Brick veneer can replicate the classic appearance of real clay bricks while allowing the use of more affordable materials underneath.

Veneer panels are installed the same way as other siding panels, but because of their weight, they should always be laid upon a solid, secure substrate. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional to install stone and brick veneer siding.

The Different Types of Siding to Consider

Installing new siding on your home can be a great way to add value and make it look more attractive. 

Whether you are looking for a more low-maintenance option or something to boost your home’s curb appeal, be sure to research your options from these types of siding thoroughly to find the best siding for your home.

Contact a licensed contractor today to get started!

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