Home siding lends to curb appeal, and changing it will change the entire appearance of your home. Before making a sizeable investment into this project, consider what each type of siding may do for your home. Always consider home style, climate, and cleanability as factors for this decision.
If you look around your neighborhood you will find many of your homes have aluminum siding. This is a common and economical choice to decorate your home, as it is available in many colors and sizes, both horizontal and vertical. Aluminum was the material of choice for years, as it is light weight, economical, and durable. Over time, two things were realized about aluminum siding: it needs to be repainted to maintain its appearance and it became more expensive. This led to vinyl and steel sidings being introduced into the marking. Vinyl is very economical and requires little to no maintenance – only cleaning. Vinyl is lightweight and does not lose color, as the color is impregnated into the plastic. For all its advantages vinyl siding has two drawbacks. First, it is durable to the elements but may crack or break upon impact. Second, it is available in preset length, so the seams common in aluminum siding are present in vinyl siding (these seams are the overlaps of the pieces of siding). Steel siding was introduced to eliminate these two drawbacks. Steel siding is extremely durable, easily painted, and applied as a single strip to your home. Steel siding is also more expensive, and its main use is in commercial properties. All three materials are appropriate for home use.
Stucco coating will provide a very traditional, Mediterranean appearance to your home. It is applied wet and hardens to a very dense material. With stucco, you can tint it to a desired color or add aggregate material (stones, etc.) give your home a distinct look. Stucco holds it color very well, is fire resistant, requires minimal maintenance, and is economical. Synthetic stucco materials are also available.
Cedar siding is applied similar to shingles on your roof. Each shake is attached in an overlapping pattern from the bottom up to promote downward flow of rain and snow. Cedar looks very nice with landscaping and is available in earth tone colors. It is natural material and maintains a natural look of your home. Cedar does require some maintenance over time and will require periodic staining to cover fading.
Brick is one of the oldest products used to side a home. Brick construction allowed many homes to be quickly built during population booms in major cities and suburban areas. It is easily constructed and easily adapted to any application. Brick comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors to satisfy your taste. Brick holds its color very well, only requires periodic cleaning to maintain its appearance, is very durable, and is fire resistant. As an added benefit, brick may be used in your sidewalk or driveway to coordinate your curb appeal.
Cement fiber siding is very adaptable to many uses. It can be manipulated to appear like stucco or wood and is available in siding, individual shakes, and panels. While its cost is in the moderate to expensive range, it is extremely durable, easily installed, virtually maintenance free, and resistant to rot and insect damage.