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Comparing Types of Home Siding

Updated on December 24, 2013

One of the first lines of defense your home has is its siding. Consequently, it is important that one chose siding that does not just look good, it must be efficient, too. Fortunately, the large majority of home siding available on the market today, meets this most basic of criteria. Consequently, choosing your home’s siding then becomes a study in determining what type of siding best suits the style of your home, your budget and any specific criteria you may have based on where you live –weather, HOA, etc.

As you begin to compare home siding, it is important that you understand the pros and cons of each. Here are some of the similarities between many of the common siding choices.

Wood – This siding choice offers long life and natural looks, is eco-friendly and can be painted or stained so that the color can be changed whenever desired. It is also available in a variety of styles offering a custom look for homeowners.

Engineered Wood Siding –This is made from wood materials plus glues to form boards and panels bringing advantages like dimensional stability and strength. As it is wood, the engineered wood siding is eco-friendly but it offers a lower cost than standard wood.

Vinyl and PVC – Depending on the grade selected, this is a fairly inexpensive choice in home siding products. It is durable, requires little maintenance, comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, will not rot with time, is not susceptible to insect damage and has great flexibility to absorb energy, which means it does not dent easily.

Fiber Cement – Made from sand, Portland cement, wood fiber and other additives. It is a durable siding choice that is impact, rot, insect and moisture resistant. It is made to mimic the look of real wood, is fireproof, is available in both primed and pre-painted versions and –depending on the provider can have as a long as 50+ year warranty.

Fiberglass – This is not the same as the fiberglass used in insulation, but rather a very rigid material that has the strength and durability to last a very long time. It does not require much maintenance, has a wood grain texture and mimics the look of wood lap siding without looking fake. It is a somewhat new product in home siding, so the jury is still out in determining how effective it is in color retention.

These are some of the more common home siding choices available on the market today. Yes, one may opt for brick, stucco, metal and other siding styles, but these are some choices to get you started. If you have questions about your home siding choices, talk to siding professional.

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