The siding of your home is very important because it is does not only keep the elements outside, it adds to the beauty and “curb appeal” of your residence. Perhaps no other building material plays such a vital role as your homes siding. It protects your home against the harshest elements and is a huge factor in you homes appearance, architectural character, and value.
Vinyl siding comes in a range of styles, textures, and colors including vertical and horizontal panels and wood shake/shingle styles. The cost is low to moderate averaging around $3 to $8 per square foot (plus labor). The great thing about vinyl is that it is a low maintenance material and can last as long as 50 years.
Wood siding is available in a wide variety of styles, finishes and textures but does require an exterior finish such as stain or paint. The cost is moderate to high averaging anywhere from $3 to $14 per square foot installed. Because wood requires a stain or paint finish, it is prone to problems from moisture if the home is not properly ventilated.
Metal siding is also available in a wide range of styles including panels, vertical strips and even shingles. You can find aluminum siding for about $3 to $6 per square foot and uncoated steel sells for about $4 to $8 per square foot. Steel and aluminum are both low maintenance materials but may be prone to denting.
Fiber cement siding looks very similar to natural wood when installed properly. It is extremely durable but a bit on the pricier side for siding. You can have fiber cement siding installed for about $10 per square foot.This material is low maintenance and is not subject to rot or insect damage. It can last as long as 50 years.
Insulated siding is another type of vinyl siding with an insulating layer made from expanded polystyrene foam or EPS. The EPS gives the siding a closer fit to your home and therefore holds air in better making your home more energy efficient. Many homeowners report a 20% increase in their energy efficiency with insulated siding.
Brick exterior siding is the most traditional option for homeowners. It’s a timeless look found in most suburbs, especially new construction, making it the go-to choice when buying or updating a home. Brick is a durable low-maintenance material that comes in a variety of color choices, and because of its natural color, it also doesn’t require repainting or refinishing. Standing up to extreme temperatures and weather, the durability of brick is a huge pro when choosing exterior siding for your home. Aesthetically, it’s also a great option if you’re going for a timeless look.
Both natural and fabricated stone exterior siding creates an upscale, decorative appearance to a home. Unlike brick, it’s a more natural option for a house and can create a unique exterior pattern. Stone is a durable material that’s resistant to rain and other elements, and it requires little maintenance and is long lasting. Natural stone, like limestone, granite and slate provide unique colors and textures that can aesthetically add to the look and feel of your home.