Pros and Cons of Exterior Siding Options for Your Home

by Home Pros Guide on Mon, Jan 14th Categories: sidings, exterior sidings, outdoor (140 Views)

The exterior siding of your house can make or break its curb appeal. Chipped vinyl paint or dirty glass surfaces can give the wrong impression of your home. That’s why it’s important to choose the right siding for your home and also to make sure you can keep up with any maintenance that it may require.

To determine the right exterior siding option, you’ll need to consider the cost, durability, energy efficiency and aesthetics. If you’re looking for a change altogether, we have the pros and cons of each option.

Brick Siding: Brick exterior siding is the most traditional option. It’s a timeless look making it the go-to choice when buying or updating a home.

Pros

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.

Cons

It’s a more expensive option compared to other siding choices. Additionally, installation is incredibly pricey as well, due to the weight of the bricks.

Engineered Wood: Unlike fiber-cement or wood-imitating vinyl, engineered wood is comprised of mostly wood, with a few added materials to create a more natural-looking final product.

Pros

Engineered wood comes in a variety of styles and textures and is a cheaper, more durable material than fiber-cement or vinyl. Engineered wood is fireproof, water resistant and safe from insect damage. It also comes with a long warranty.

Cons

If you’re looking for an alternative to wood, engineered wood, while convincing in look and feel, cannot be repainted or re-stained, meaning whatever finish you installed originally is what you’ll have for life.

Fiber-Cement Siding: Fiber-cement siding is a great option for homeowners who want the look of wood siding.

Pros

Fiber-cement, while having the look of wood siding, is cheaper and more durable, and it requires less maintenance than wood. In addition to being less expensive, fiber-cement is fireproof, water resistant and safe from insect damage. It comes in various colors and designs and can be made to look like brick, stone or, more commonly, wood.

Cons

Fiber-cement is a heavy material. While not as heavy as brick or stone, its weight does tend to increase installation costs.  

Glass: Glass is a sophisticated, modern option for exterior siding. Since glass block walls are non-load-bearing, they’re technically not considered exterior siding. Although they do give the appearance of siding, as you can have them installed from the roof to the floor of your home.

Pros

Glass is great for letting in natural light, and if installed correctly, it should still keep out most sunrays. While looking sheen and chic, they’re still durable and protect from outside elements. They’re also energy efficient, as glass is a material that keeps in heat during the winter and air conditioning during the summer.

Cons

However, they’re also a pricey option for siding. While there’s no average price, you need to consider a few more factors, including privacy, and the level of upkeep it costs to constantly clean the windows.

Metal Siding: Originally used in factories and industrial buildings, metal exterior siding is becoming a more popular option for homes because of its strength and durability.

Pros

Along with being weather-resistant, it’s also resistant to fire, rot and insect damage, like termites. Additionally, while metals like copper often change their appearance after being exposed to the elements, most other metals maintain their finish over the years. Metal is also energy efficient when it comes to keeping a house cool, as it reflects sunlight, it does not retain any warmth and tends to increase heating bills.

Cons

On the downside, it’s an expensive option for exterior siding. If you’re going for the look and feel of metal siding, most homeowners opt for aluminum, which is less expensive in material and labor cost.

Stone Siding: 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.

Pros

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.

Cons

Because a professional will need to install the stones properly, both the material and the cost of labor will be higher compared to brick.

Stucco Siding:  Stucco is made from cement, sand, lime, water and oftentimes epoxy.

Pros

Stucco is a solid, durable and typically low maintenance material. Because of the materials used to make stucco, it rarely requires painting or chipping maintenance, making it an ideal option for weather-ware.

Cons

While it is a cheaper material, installation typically requires a professional, making labor more costly than other exterior sidings. It’s also is a time-consuming material to install, as it requires a few coats before it’s completely dry.

Vinyl Siding: Vinyl is a tough plastic material. Its durability and low-maintenance profile made it a fast fan-favorite for homeowners who wanted to save money on exterior siding.

Pros

It varies in both color and texture, allowing a wide range of exterior aesthetic options for homeowners. It also varies in thickness typically the thicker the material, the higher the cost, while still being lightweight and easy to install.

Con

Unfortunately, because the material is so inexpensive, the quality is a bit lower than other exterior siding options. It can be damaged in extreme weather conditions, like wind and high temperatures that can compromise the siding by forming cracks.

Wood Siding: Like vinyl siding, wood siding is versatile and durable. The surface of the wood can be painted or stained in any desired color, requiring maintenance every two – five years depending on the type of finish.

Pros

Also like vinyl, wood siding is easy to install, keeping costs down. Not to mention, wood is a timeless and classy material that’s still sought after by some homeowners.

Cons

The price will depend on the type of wood you want (cedar, spruce, fir and redwood) and the type of wood siding you want (clapboard, shingles, board and batten, logs).

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