House Siding Options : Materials
House Siding Materials
There are more choices than ever when it comes to house siding materials. They all have their benefits and detractors as well as their basic price range that homeowners can expect to spend. We have listed the most popular options below and included a brief description. Click the link for more in depth information on the basics, costs, advantages and disadvantages of each of these house siding materials.
Aluminum siding is a nice option for homeowners looking for a different look to their home. The material comes in many colors to complement the existing style or vision of a homeowner, is affordable and durable and is easy to maintain.
Board And Battens
Board and battens are a very simple concept that can add a distinctive and classy look to a home. The boards are placed vertically, with the battens placed in between so that they extend out from the boards and create a ridge every couple of feet.
Brick offers a traditional look that is often used as an accent on a portion of the home, although the brick can be used on the entire exterior as in a more traditional Georgian style. Brick can present some structural challenges due to its weight, but when done right it can create an amazing amount of charm and character.
Cedar is one of the most popular wood cladding options due to its natural beauty and many qualities. It is easy to install and creates a very natural and quaint beauty when done right. Over time, cedar will fade and lose its natural color - it does require some maintenance to keep it looking nice.
Engineered wood combines the natural looks of real wood with much of the strength and durability offered by materials like vinyl. These composites are manufactured to be highly resistant to the outside environment, while offering a wide variety of color, tone, grains and finishes to appeal to a wide spectrum of homeowners.
Fiber cement is a very tough and durable material that is often manufactured to resemble wood grain and can be painted any number of colors. It is more expensive than vinyl, but when installed correctly it can look nearly identical to wood lap siding, but with far greater resistance to the outside elements.
Insulated vinyl the foam backed version of a vinyl panel that offers greater rigidity and straighter walls. It may also provide small improvement in energy efficiency, although probably a smaller amount than some manufacturers would have you believe. Insulated vinyl typically runs $1 to $2 more per square foot than normal vinyl.
Shakes & Shingles
Shakes and shingles can be made from a variety of materials, including cedar, pine, vinyl and composites. There are real differences in the looks of these two cladding materials, although they are often mistakenly referred to as the same thing. Either can be used as accents on a part of the home or on the entire exterior of a house.
Vinyl is by far the most popular cladding material used for replacement siding in the United States. There are a huge number of manufacturers and options available - from different color selections to finishes to grains to thicknesses to profiles. With so much selection and prices at the lower end of the scale, vinyl is a popular choice for many homeowners.
Traditional wood is a natural and beautiful siding material that can be done to stunning affect. While vinyl and fiber cement tend to grab the headlines because they require so little maintenance, wood lap panels continues to be the purveyor of beauty in the cladding market.