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What You Need To Know About Exterior Siding Options for Your House

Jul 8

Whether you're constructing your dream home or just investing in your property to sell for a higher price, selecting the best siding option can be quite a task. Below are the different exterior siding options to consider to enhance your facade and provide an external layer of protection in your home. Whatever siding option you choose, all of these designs will improve your curb appeal by enhancing its appearance when viewed from the street. 

Here are the nine (9) exterior siding options to consider for your home:

1. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is one of the most, if not the most affordable option for siding material in the market. It is made using high-quality plastic or synthetic resin. The beauty of vinyl is that it can imitate the appearance of other siding materials, such as wood and stone. Vinyl siding can resist the effects of bad weather conditions and it comes in a plethora of designs that will fit any style. If you want to step up from regular vinyl, you may do so by installing the insulated vinyl siding. It has built-in insulation in the edges that will help keep the ideal temperature in your home. The built-in insulation does not only protects your home from excessive cold and heat but also can also reduce noise.

2. Stucco Siding

Stucco siding is composed of cement, sand, and lime mixed together to create a material that's easy to shape and texture. For hundreds of years, this siding material remains to be a popular option because of its fair price, durability, and versatility. It is a suitable option for urban homes since the stucco siding can effectively buffer noise coming from the street. 

3. Stone Veneer Siding

Stone veneer siding is a unique option that can create a beautiful facade that's durable and easy to maintain. It can either be made of thin cut stones or faux stone fabricated to look like authentic stone. Since stone veneer sidings are not made of solid stones, you can expect them to be lighter and cheaper. It is also a durable option that requires fairly low maintenance. One of the best advantages of stone veneer siding is its easy installation. If you already have your exterior siding installed and just looking to replace it with a stone veneer, removing that old siding may not be necessary. Stone veneer siding can be installed on top of any material, be it wood, concrete, or metal. 

4. Wood Siding

Wood is one of the most versatile materials that you can consider for your external wall siding. With the wide array of wood available, this material offers an incredible variation of aesthetic choices for every homeowner. You can either stain your wood siding to enhance the beauty of its natural grain or paint it with your preferred color and design. The classic elegance that this material offers is one of the reasons why it is retaining its popularity. Compared to other materials, wood is the most sustainable option that has very little impact on the environment. Maintenance can be a drawback since wood sidings need to be re-treated twice in 10 years or depending on the weather condition in your area. Even though its maintenance is relatively higher compared to other siding materials, it will still be worth it considering that it is a beautiful option no matter the era.

5. Fiber Cement Siding 

Fiber cement siding can imitate the look of natural wood but is far more durable and easier to maintain. If you're looking for a stronger and longer-lasting option, then fiber cement siding would be the easy choice. It is made of cement and non-asbestos cellulose fibers. It is not only strong and durable but also highly elastic. This type of siding can shield your home from all types of weather. It can remain undamaged in violent weather conditions, even in hurricane-level storms. 

6. Board-and-Batten Siding 

It is a classic option that involves vertical cladding of long, flat strip boards to cover wall exteriors. This eye-catching design can make your house appear larger when viewed from the street. Aside from wood, there are also other materials that you can use to achieve this design, such as vinyl, steel, and fiber cement. The durability and amount of work that you need to do to keep this siding design in good condition will vary on the type of material that you choose for your board and batten. Any material you choose to go with your board and batten siding will add allure to your home exterior.

7. Cabin Log Siding

Nothing looks more rustic than an exterior cladding made of logs. Whether you're building a retreat house or just drawn to the gorgeous simplicity of rustic style, a cabin log siding will always satisfy and lift your rustic-loving spirit. There are two (2) popular wood types that you can choose for your log siding, pine, and cedar. Pinewood is an affordable option but it requires more maintenance compared to cedarwood. If you have the budget and prefer a stronger wood, cedar would be your best option. Cedarwood is also known for its pleasant aroma that can relieve or heal human ailments.

8. Brick Siding 

Brick is one of the oldest construction materials preferred for its strength and durability. It is a mixture of clay and sand hardened by fire to last for centuries. Compared to most other siding options, brick siding is very easy to maintain and is resistant to fire. This material can block exterior heat as well as trap interior heat which can help you reduce your expenses on electricity. On top of that, it is one of the best siding options that can definitely increase your home value.

9. Aluminum Siding

Aluminum is one of the most preferred siding options because it is inexpensive, easy to maintain, and rust-proof. Most homeowners are resorting to this material as a siding option which led the paint manufacturers to offer more paint options that are formulated specifically for aluminum sidings. Aluminum sidings come in many different textures and patterns that you can choose to repaint in 5-10 years' time.