Different Siding Options

While the inside of our home is fairly safe from the outside elements, the exterior of our homes are exposed 24/7. That is why it is so important to choose siding carefully. There are many different sliding options to choose from and the one that’s best for you will depend on your style preference and the climate that you live in.

Wood Siding

For hundreds of years, homeowners have been using wood siding. It is a natural insulator so it helps keep cooling and heating costs to a minimum and it is a renewable resource. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and can last up to 30 years if properly maintained. There are different types of wood siding, which include:
  • Clapboard – Clapboards are long rectangular boards that are squared off and installed on your home overlapping in a horizontal manner
  • Shingles & Shakes – Wood shingle siding is very similar to roofing shingles except they are installed on the sides of your home. The shingles are wedge shaped and shakes are basically the same thing except they are thicker.
  • Wood Composite – Wood composite is a mixture of wood chips, glue and other types of debris that are compressed to make sturdy boards. It tends to be similar to plywood.

Vinyl Siding

If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive and durable siding option, vinyl is the choice for you. It tends to stand up well against inclement weather and is virtually maintenance free. The only downside is that moisture can get trapped underneath the side panes which can cause mold and mildew. But it helps insulate your home depending on the thickness of what the siding is backed with.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding consists of cement, sand and cellulose fibers. Maintenance is rarely necessary and it is insect proof and prevents fungal growth.  It can last for decades and can be made to look like any other siding material including wood lap boards. When it comes down to durability, this type of siding is nearly impenetrable. Not to mention it is virtually flame resistant.

Steel Siding

To date, metal is the most durable siding products on the market. It is completely resistant to dents and doesn’t shift over time or run the risk of absorbing moisture. While the potential for rust to develop is possible, it is not very likely. The occasional power wash is all you need to keep steel siding clean from dirt and debris.