Detailed Note on Siding Options

Changing your home’s siding will make a dramatic change to your home’s curb appeal, and low-maintenance siding options can dramatically reduce the work you need to do to keep up your home’s appearance. While siding is most certainly a large investment, choose wisely and you’ll both increase your home’s value, plus make your enjoyment of it that much greater.

The biggest decision you’ll need to make is what type of siding to go with, and there are plenty of options, though your choices will be limited by your budget. Many homeowners even choose to max out their curb appeal while holding down their costs by using a more premium siding option for the front of the house and a less expensive alternative for the sides and back. A typical example would be brick or stucco on the front (sometimes even just partial walls or accents), and vinyl on the sides and back. This concession can save tens of thousands of dollars.

So, after considering the style of your home, and the types of siding found in your neighborhood (you don’t want to be in a neighborhood full of brick homes and install vinyl), your next step will be to choose your siding materials.

Here are some of the most popular siding choices (there are others, and plenty of variations, but these cover the majority of installations):

Vinyl – the most common, and least expensive siding option. It comes in many styles and colors, and doesn’t require painting.

Fiber Cement – made from concrete, fiber cement is moderately priced, flame retardant, and is available pre-primed (ready for paint) in many styles. Fiber cement done well can look like wood siding for homes where vinyl would look too could try these out signs of mold or rot in siding.

Wood Clapboard – a very classic siding option, wood clapboards can outlast inferior siding products with proper maintenance (you will need to refinish wood clapboards from time to time).

Stucco – a handsome, higher-end finish, stucco is a cement-like finish applied to your house. Color is mixed in, and maintenance is minimal. Opt for high quality stucco and a reputable contractor, as bad stucco jobs can be extremely costly to fix.

Brick or Brick Veneer – brick is a very classic (and expensive) choice, seen more in areas of the country where brick is readily available (otherwise, shipping costs for such a heavy product really drive up the price). Brick is beautiful and sturdy, and can be used on an entire house, the front only, or just for accents (like a half wall or corners). Veneers give the look of brick for a lower price, though they won’t last as long.

Stone or Stone Veneer – stone is beautiful when used for siding. It’s expensive, so it’s often used only on the front or for accents. It’s about as low maintenance as you’d expect rock to be, and will probably outlast the house.

Cedar Shake – cedar shingles (also called shakes) give a home a natural look which blends into the landscape well. They are most often stained, and will require regular maintenance. Their price is fairly moderate.

Aluminum – although vinyl has taken away most of the market for aluminum siding, aluminum is still a viable choice. It requires no painting, low maintenance, and can last a long time due to its durability.

Thomas Dillinger has been in the construction industry, roofing both commercial and residential for over 30 years. In 1996, Tom founded Grappler Construction, a family owned business specializing in roofing, repairs and remodeling. Serving the Washington DC Metro Area, Grappler Construction is known for excellent service and quality work.