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Exterior Siding Options

The number of siding materials available provides homeowners with the ability to find the product that perfectly matches their preferences in terms of style, maintenance and cost. To help you get a better understanding of your options, we explore the eight most popular siding products on the market. The average costs highlighted below include installation and are listed as the price per square foot.

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Exterior Siding Materials

Vinyl ($5 - $14)

Vinyl siding has become the most popular option for homeowners in the US for a variety of reasons. It is quite durable, with the ability to resist damage from weather, insects, color fading, and more. Due to its durability, vinyl siding requires little maintenance. On top of this, vinyl is praised for its affordability and is one of the best value siding options available. This siding material is available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles, and often can impressively imitate the appearance of wood siding. Vinyl siding typically lasts between 20 and 30 years.

Fiber Cement ($5 - $15)

Fiber cement is the product of years of innovation in the siding industry, and has skyrocketed in popularity over the last couple of decades. It shares many of the same qualities as vinyl, but with an improved lifespan and durability. It is completely resistant to insects, rotting, mold and fire, and requires little to no maintenance. Fiber cement shingles are thicker than those made of vinyl, allowing for a more accurate imitation of wood shingles. However, these added benefits do come at a cost, as fiber cement is a more expensive option than vinyl. Fiber cement siding typically lasts 50 years.

Wood ($6 - $11)

Wood siding is a popular choice for homeowners looking for a visually appealing siding, and who are willing to commit time to the necessary maintenance. While many synthetic siding materials are able to imitate the appearance of wood, there’s nothing like the real thing. Wood siding can be installed as clapboards, shingles or vertical boards. This siding material is susceptible to damage from insects, weather and fire, so requires consistent maintenance. If taken care of, wood siding can last up to 30 years.

Aluminum ($4 - $6)

Aluminum is one of the best value siding materials available and it gives any home a unique, contemporary appearance. It is fairly durable, with strong resistance to weather and insects, but can be dented and scratched with ease. However, overall it is easier to maintain than wood and often more durable than vinyl. Aluminum siding typically lasts up to 40 years.

Stone ($15 - $30)

Stone is an eye-catching siding choice that is durable and long-lasting. Stone siding is resistant to various forms of damage, such as weather, insects, fire and rotting. Due to this, stone siding requires very little maintenance. This type of siding, however, is very heavy and homes must meet certain structural standards to be able to support stone. The weight also causes installation to be more expensive as compared to other siding materials, but is worth it to many homeowners due to the material’s longevity. Stone siding typically lasts over 100 years.

Brick ($8 - $20)

Brick is a traditional siding choice that has been popular among homeowners for centuries due to its extreme durability. Brick is extremely fire resistant, resistant to damage, and doesn’t fade. In addition, this type of siding typically requires no maintenance for the first couple of decades. Like other heavy siding materials, installation is expensive and repairs can be quite costly. Brick siding can last over 100 years.

Faux Stone ($5 - $11)

Innovations in the siding industry have resulted in a synthetic siding that could easily be mistaken for real stone. Faux stone is made of a cement blend, which is light and easy to install. However, this product lacks the durability of real stone, and while it is resistant to weather, insects and fire, it can scratch and crack easily. Faux stone typically lasts up to 25 years.

Engineered Wood ($3 - $8)

Engineered wood is manufactured by combining various types of wood into composite sheets or panels. This material provides homeowners with the elegant appearance of real wood, with improved durability and value. Engineered wood siding is more resistant to damage from weather, insects and rotting, and requires little maintenance. It is also easier and more affordable to install than real wood. Engineered wood has a typical lifespan of 20 to 30 years.

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