5 Types of Siding Every Homeowner Should Know

From on January 31, 2012 in Siding


Whether you’re renovating an old 19th-century farmhouse or looking to improve on the 10-year-old exterior of your home, you might be wondering about siding.

Yes, you know siding. Brick. Stone. But do you know the top 5 siding options today, and why they’re worth looking into? We’re here to help you understand your options. Looking for replacement siding soon?

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Below are our top picks for value-adding, cost-saving siding materials available today.


1. HardiPlank Lap Siding

One of the most popular brands in America right now, this siding can be found on over 4 million homes. HardiPlank Lap Siding is known for its durability and strength while offering a nice aesthetic. Additionally, no matter what climate you live in or which area of the country, this siding can provide specific performance attributes relative to your climate, so you don’t end up with the wrong materials. It also comes with a 30-year limited warranty, which is amazing for a product as important as your siding.


2. Hardwood Siding

Though wood is one of the most traditional forms of siding, it’s a much less common material today. It can be more difficult to install and nail in than, say, softwood, but specially engineered hardwood siding is proven to last longer than other materials. It gives a beautiful warmth and whole-earth look to a home—no synthetic products here! Look for wood that considers natural preservation (you can even get repurposed wood), and for wood that has vertical grain.


3. Solid Board Siding

A wonderful alternative to hardwood siding, solid board siding planks are made mostly from redwood and cedar trees. This wood is readily available, easy to find, and simple to install and upkeep. Beware with this material that it’s more susceptible to moisture damage and termites, so consider your location when thinking of this option.


4. Brick and Stone Veneer Siding

If you like the look of brick, consider a brick or stone veneer. This material can add a richness and timelessness to your home while costing half as much as the “real thing.” Deceptively real-looking, even siding contractors can’t tell the difference from the curb. This materials is durable and fireproof and eliminates any need to continually stain or finish the exterior of your home.


5. Brownstone Siding

Wildly popular in the 19th century, brownstone siding has sustained due to its high-end appeal of authentic stone. While it’s a labor-intensive process to install, this material lasts for a long time. And looks amazing. Beware of its inability to repel moisture, and that you’ll want to go with this option if you’re willing to leave it in its natural beauty and not paint it (which can cause a flaking problem in the long run).

Whichever you decide, be sure to choose your siding wisely and do plenty of homework. Siding cost comparisons are a great place to start.

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