A Guide to All the Different Exterior Home Siding Options

Is the siding on your home looking a little ho-hum? Cracks, blistering, and damage are all signs that you need to replace your siding.

Not only will new siding add visual appeal to your house, but it’s also one of the home improvement options that give you the most bang for your buck.

Depending on which type of siding you choose, you could recoup 75.6% on the cost of replacing your siding when you sell your home.

These are the pros and cons of the most popular home siding options.

Brick Siding

If you love a classic look for your home, brick siding is the way to go. It’s a durable, low-maintenance choice, although these perks come at a high price.

Brick veneer is a much cheaper alternative, but it isn’t as durable or insulating as the real thing.

Wood Siding

Another timeless choice, wood siding is versatile, attractive, and long-lasting. You can paint or stain it to suit your home’s design, plus it’s quick and easy to install.

Once again, you’ll have to pay big for the privilege of having this luxurious type of siding.

Engineered Wood

If you love the look of wood, but it’s way out of your budget, you can achieve the same look with engineered wood. This type of siding comes in a range of styles and textures, is water-resistant, and unpalatable to insects.

Vinyl Siding

This type of home siding is one of the most popular today thanks to its durability, low-maintenance, easy installation, and versatility.

Vinyl siding is a tough plastic material and is available in a huge range of colors and textures. Despite the many benefits of vinyl siding, it’s a relatively inexpensive option.

The only downside of vinyl siding is it doesn’t stand up to severe weather as well as the more traditional varieties.

Stone Siding

A stone exterior is one of the most luxurious types of siding available and comes with a price to match. Stone is durable, weather-resistant, impervious to wood-eating insects, and very attractive.

Stone veneer siding is a cost-effective alternative to stone siding, but it rarely captures the same upmarket feel.

Metal Siding

Thanks to its ability to keep homes cool and resistance all kinds of weather, metal siding is becoming ever more popular. It’s also resistant to fire, insects, and rot.

Unfortunately, while metal siding may save you on air conditioning during the summer months, you can expect elevated bills come winter.

Other Home Siding Options

Although it isn’t strictly considered a type of siding, large panes of glass can take the place of siding in some areas of your home.

Glass is one of the most attractive and energy-efficient home siding options around. The only drawbacks of glass siding are the high cost of installation and lack of privacy.

Whichever type of siding you choose, remember it’s a big investment and a long-lasting alteration. Take plenty of time to research your options.

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