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Exterior Siding Comparison

Exterior siding is the outermost layer of protection fixed to the outside of your home.  There are many siding materials available, each offering a different aesthetic and level of weatherproofing for a variety of homes and climates. The most regularly used siding options are wood, vinyl, stone veneer, and fiber cement.  Each is available in a multitude of color shades and finishes.

From energy efficiency to aesthetics, siding brings all kinds of benefits to your home.  Exterior siding keeps structures free from insects, moisture, dust, and mold.  With the proper insulation it can also help lower a home’s heating and cooling costs. And of course, new siding instantly improves any home’s appearance,  making it easier to sell in the future.

Exterior siding’s most basic function, however, is weather protection. It keeps water from seeping in after a rainstorm, and if installed properly, can protect a home from strong winds. If your siding isn’t preventing the elements from damaging your home, then it may be time to consider replacing it. Consult a professional for the siding materials best suited to your region, and check cost information below to learn more.

Costs

Siding costs vary widely by material. Vinyl, wood and fiber cement, for example, are known for being very budget-friendly, while natural stone carries a much higher price tag.

To check the price of a specific type of siding, view a cost breakdown by material, or get a price quote from a local installer.

Durability

The most durable types of siding are: hardwood, shingle, fiber cement, vinyl, brick, stone, and stone veneer. If you’re looking for long-lasting durability and protection, we advise staying away from aluminum and other thin metals. Steel, however, works well to protect any home.

Material

Durability

Appearance

Maintenance

Cost of Materials

Wood board

High

Excellent

High

High

Shingle

High

Excellent

High

High

Vinyl

High

Fair

Low

Low

Fiber Cement

High

Excellent

Moderate

High

Steel

Good

Fair

Low

Moderate

Stucco (EIFS)

Good

Excellent

Moderate

Moderate

Brick

High

Excellent

Moderate

High

Stone

High

Good

Low

Moderate

Synthetic stone

High

Good

Low

Moderate

Maintenance

It’s important to know how much maintenance your siding will need in the future. Any type of wood siding, for example, will require high maintenance down the road. To cut those costs in advance, you should check out vinyl or fiber cement, both of which require moderate to low maintenance or repairs. View the chart above for more information.



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