What Are the Best Exterior Siding Options for Your Home?

Avatar

If you’re looking to raise the value of your home, new exterior siding is one of the best investments you can make.

New siding projects retain 75.6% of their value in Springfield, Missouri, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report.

In addition to boosting curb appeal, quality siding protects your home from the elements and may lower heating and cooling costs. It also makes your home less vulnerable to moisture, mold, insects and structural damage.

Some factors to consider when looking at siding are durability, efficiency, maintenance requirements and, of course, cost.

Here’s our summary of the most common exterior siding materials in alphabetical order.

Brick

A long-time staple of traditional homes, brick combines durability and low maintenance requirements with a timeless look.

It doesn’t need repainting or refinishing and stands up to extreme temperatures and severe weather.

Brick is one of the more expensive choices due to its heavy weight and installation requirements. Homeowners looking for a more affordable option might go with brick veneer, a thin layer of brick installed over an insulated, weather-resistant sheath.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood siding is a great alternative for those who love the classic look of wood without all the classic headaches that come with it.

Traditional wood must eventually be replaced, as it will bow and split. It is vulnerable to moisture, rot, mold and insects and requires regular treatment to stave off these problems.

Made from a composite of wood strands coated with resin, engineered wood tolerates insects, extreme temperatures, high winds, humidity and moisture. Its resin coating offers added insulation for efficiency benefits.

Fiber Cement

Made from a mixture of wood pulp and portland cement, this customizable material can mimic the look of other types of siding including wood, stone or brick.

Fiber cement resists rot, termites and fire, and tolerates high winds and cold temperatures. For maintenance, just spray with a garden hose every 6-12 months. It can be painted or stained in a variety of colors and also works well as a trim.

As a heavier material, fiber cement may cost more to install compared with other options.

Metal

Aluminum and other metals reflects sunlight which may lower your cooling costs during the summer.

Strong and durable, aluminum siding is rust-, rot-, fire-, insect- and weather-resistant. Aluminum is vulnerable to dents and scratches and may require repainting every 10 years. Other metal siding options include steel and copper.

Stone

Available in a wide range of colors and textures, stone siding gives your home a sophisticated, upscale appearance.

Natural stone is one of the more expensive siding options and may also cost more to install. Fabricated stone made from cement gives you the same natural look at a lower price.

Both natural and fabricated stone are durable, weather-resistant options that require little maintenance.

Stucco

Low-maintenance stucco absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night, reducing your cooling costs during the summer.

Made from a mixture of cement, sand, lime, epoxy and water, stucco is a solid material that requires no painting and gives your house an elegant look at a budget-friendly cost.

Because it is a porous material, stucco is vulnerable to hail, woodpeckers, baseball bats and similar mishaps. Prompt repair helps to minimize the damage and extend the life of your stucco.

Vinyl

Versatile vinyl is an affordable, customizable option that can mimic wood or stone and comes in a variety of textures and colors.

This durable, lightweight material is easy to install, won’t dent or scratch and provides excellent insulating properties.

Although it is vulnerable to high winds and extreme heat, vinyl can last for years with proper care.

 

Does your home need new siding? Contact Elite Renovations and Design today.

Our experienced contractors will help you select the best material for your home and make sure it’s installed properly.

A sink faucet runs into a stainless steel basin with a garbage disposal.