Siding Options Compared

Siding Options Compared

Are you thinking about making home improvements before winter kicks in? Other than your roof, installing new siding is one of the biggest investments one can make on their home. It’s very important to know the siding options available, as well as exactly what type and color of siding you want to install before starting any improvements. 

Do you want more energy efficiency? Do you want to boost your curb appeal? Are you in a friendly competition with your neighbor? No matter what it is, we’re here to help. We’re going to cruise through the many house siding options out there so you can make the best choice.

Stucco Siding

Stucco has made quite the shift away from the basic white, dirty old stucco. You can now get stucco installed in an array of colors and textures. Stucco’s benefits include the ability to resist moisture and last up to 80 years with very little maintenance. This is a great siding option for anyone looking for a fresh look with low maintenance, or anyone looking for a unique take on the outdated stucco of the past. 

Stone Veneer Siding

Stone veneer is manufactured stone siding that looks like the real thing but without the high price tag. They often use stone veneer as an accent to other types of siding. They can quickly install it as a half wall or one wall for some fresh looks to an otherwise ordinary home with one kind of siding. Although it doesn’t come with the same durability as the actual stone, it still can work great as both a full siding installation or partial. Stone veneer can also work on home interiors if you want a rustic aesthetic in a basement wall with a fireplace. Stone veneer allows homeowners to get a little creative with their homes.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is quite common and they manufacture it using many of the same materials as stone veneer: Portland cement, sand, and cellulose. It comes in many colors and can even be manufactured to imitate genuine wood. Some of the biggest benefits of fiber cement siding are that it won’t rot and it won’t fade from the sun’s UV rays. It is also indifferent to those pesky termites or other insects that can penetrate and affect real wood siding. If you need a refresh over time, you can easily refinish or paint over the original siding. Fiber cement siding requires very little maintenance other than keeping it clean.

Brick and Brick Veneer Siding

Did you know that a brick house can actually cool a home better and faster than its siding counterparts? It’s an amazing insulator and can drastically improve a home’s energy efficiency. Not only that, but the aesthetic of a brick or brick veneer house is timeless. It will always be in style and always have that sense of longevity and strength. The one downfall of a brick house is that the mortar, as with any mortared material, may deteriorate. However, it’s nothing a good mason can’t mortar and fix in no time. 

Brick veneer is a much less costly material but gives the same aesthetic as the real thing. But similar to stone veneer, it can never truly meet the expectations of real brick.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is very popular among most homes these days. It’s affordable, looks nice, and is very easy to install or replace. It’s also weather-resistant, fade-resistant, and impervious to insects and other pests. However, in the event of water leaks or other damage to the siding, it is highly susceptible to mold and mildew growth behind it. If your vinyl siding is ever compromised, it is cheap and simple to remedy the fix if the water damage has not penetrated a much larger area. It’s also easy to paint to change up the look of your home. The options for colors and textures for vinyl siding are seemingly endless. This is a great siding option for anyone just looking to increase their curb appeal and get a new fresh look for their home.

Composite Siding

They manufacture composite siding using plastic and other recyclable materials. It looks like regular vinyl or wood siding, but with added benefits. Composite siding is an effective alternative to standard vinyl siding and is also more eco-friendly. It’s safely treated to resist mold, fire, and insects and will biodegrade in landfills. Composite siding is also very low maintenance but requires occasional cleaning: a soft wash of gentle soap and water can bring your composite siding back to looking as good as new.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is not a common type of siding options as some of these other types of siding, but it is a great option if you want something affordable and different. Its rust resistance has made it a choice option for homeowners living in coastal regions, but it works well anywhere. It’s very low maintenance and can get an extra coat of paint if you ever want to give it a boost. It does come with a few negatives, such as being susceptible to dents and dings, and it can be a little noisy as it expands and contracts or especially during a rain or hail storm.

Cedar Shingle Siding

Cedar siding is a beautiful way to use wood that has a unique look with benefits to match. It is super lightweight, and this makes for easy installation and insulation. This type of shingle does a great job at naturally keeping cool air inside during the warm months and cold air outside in the cold months. It is highly durable and you can customize it with exterior paint. Treated or untreated: both work well.

Cedar shingles (featured in the picture), or cedar shakes, come in a variety of colors and textures, and if you’re looking for a very woodsy, natural look, they are your best bet. As it ages, it will turn into a beautiful grey weathered color that still maintains all of its properties just with a new look. Cedar is both anti-fungal and antibacterial, which is why you can manage fine without treating the wood. It won’t rot or crack and will last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, depending on climate and regular maintenance.

Seamless Steel

Seamless steel siding is a cool choice if you want a seamless look to your home’s new siding. Manufacturers design and cut seamless steel siding to fit the exact length you need. There won’t ever be a break where two pieces meet, except for the corners of your home. Seamless steel siding can have a wood grain look but with the added benefits of steel.

Steel siding won’t fade like vinyl, and you also have more colors to choose from. You can now get dark greys or greens without worrying about it losing color as the siding ages. Steel is also very energy efficient, as it actually reflects radiant heat. This siding option can be recycled, making it an environmentally friendly option.

Ready To Revamp Your Siding?

Revamping your siding is a fantastic way to revamp the exterior of your home. There are so many siding options out there that it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you! Call us today at 636-699-0449 so we can help you get started!

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