Alternative Siding Choices
Homeowners who are considering new siding don’t have to look far. With so many options available, you’ll want to do your research and see what’s right for you and your home.
Here we’ll provide an overview of the most common choices and their pros and cons. Like anything, budget is important, but consider also the style of your home and aesthetic appeal when making an important decision like this—one you’ll live with for years to come.
When it comes to maintenance and affordability, vinyl siding wins every time. Not only is it easy and fast to install, vinyl siding never has to be painted, thereby reducing your maintenance costs forever. It comes in a variety of colors for you to pick from.
This rustic, beautiful material offers a natural look that homeowners love. Is your home older and you’re going for that charming appeal? Wood siding might continue to suit you best. You will have to repaint wood siding every five years, and factor in a greater upfront cost. But wood siding adds value to homes—especially to those that strive to retain its original splendor. Watch out for rot though; wood siding is vulnerable to the weather and termites.
Stone and mortar has been gaining in popularity as a trendy alternative. It’s long lasting—up to 100 years—and low maintenance like the vinyl. It is expensive to install however, but will add tremendous value to your home. Masonry siding will not be susceptible to rot like other materials, and will protect your home from outside elements—and insects!
Maybe your home is modern and contemporary. If so, metal siding might be just the right choice for you! Not only is it low-cost and easy to maintain (requiring painting only occasionally because of wear and tear), it has its own unique flair, setting it apart from the majority. However, do watch for rust and during storms, the metal is prone to dents. But it’s fireproof.
Affordable and visually appealing, composite siding offers nice curb appeal and is attractive when it comes to your wallet. It looks like wood in that it has a fine-grain texture. But, unlike wood, you never need to paint it or worry about insect infestation and rot. Great durability—better than vinyl siding—and also provides sound control over vinyl.