So you are looking for siding materials, well you’ve got lots to pick from like vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, cedar siding, composite siding, metal siding and rock siding to name a few. We will briefly dive into each category to give you a good idea of what type of siding materials you might be interested in.
Vinyl siding is the number #1 most used siding in the nation today. Many people prefer vinyl siding materials over other siding materials because it can be relatively inexpensive, doesn’t require painting, is very low maintenance and typically comes with a 50 year warranty. Vinyl siding comes in horizontal (lap), vertical, shingle/shake siding & soffits material types. Many other options are available.
Pros: low cost, low maintenance, good looking if installed by quality installer
Vinyl siding resources: vinyl siding | vinyl siding estimates
Cons: can’t change the color, ugly if installed by sub-standard installer.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber Cement siding materials are made from compacted layers of fiber and cement. The product is very heavy and special care must be exercised when installing the product due to health concerns with silica dust from cutting the product. But never the less, this product is very popular. It is flame retardant due to it being made from concrete. Some fiber cement products are pre-painted but most are just pre-primed and require painting. Fiber cement siding materials comes in (lap), vertical T-111, shingle/shake siding & soffits material types.
Pros: low cost, flame retardant
Fiber Cement siding resources:
fiber cement siding | fiber cement siding estimates
Cons: needs painting, very heavy, could possibly draw moisture and hold it if not painted correctly.
Cedar Siding (similar: Redwood)
Cedar siding materials are made from cedar trees and are typically more cost prohibited than vinyl or cedar siding – unless of course you end up falling for one of those gimmick vinyl siding products. Redwood is very similar to cedar but looks a little different. Cedar siding is usually pre-stained or pre-primed at the supplier but not always. Cedar shake siding materials are often left ‘raw’ and naturally weather and turn a ‘silver’ color, you typically only see this look at the beach since salt is hard on painted surfaces.
Pros: beautiful, real wood, designed by nature to resist the elements, no real limitations with design.
Cedar siding resources:
cedar siding | cedar siding estimates
Cons: more expensive than other options, high maintenance.
Composite Siding (aka: Wood)
Composite siding materials include manufactured wood products. Typically this category is made from wood chips, wood discs, wood wafers or sawdust. Many class action lawsuits have occurred with composite siding materials. Our advice is to steer clear of these products for exterior siding application without extensive research on your part.
Composite siding resources:
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Cons: high failure rate with resulting rot, mold & possible structural damage.
Metal Siding (aka: Steel & Aluminum)
Metal siding materials include Corrugated Aluminum, Steel & Aluminum lap siding. Steel and aluminum lap siding are not very common anymore since vinyl siding came out and became popular. Corrugated aluminum siding on the other hand is very common for barns, pole barn, shops and garages.
Pros: good for barns and shops.
Composite siding resources:
metal siding estimates
Cons: aluminum siding dents very easily, steel siding rusts, most types are discontinued.
Stucco Siding (aka: EIFS)
Stucco siding materials is defined by the look of flat smooth concrete (typically). Real stucco is defined as: A durable finish for exterior walls, usually composed of cement, sand, and lime, and applied while wet. This group includes: real stucco, synthetic stucco* and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS)*. *Do your homework and ask questions, this product may not be suitable for your situation.
Pros: achieves a desired look, works great in dryer climates.
Composite siding resources: stucco siding estimates
Cons: could fail significantly in wet climates.
Rock Siding (aka: Stone)
Rock siding materials can be actual rocks or stones or it can be synthetic and much more cost effective manufactured rock siding. Some people refer to rock siding as stone siding, it’s the same thing. Rock siding is often used only on the front of a building and even more often as only an accent.
Pros: beautiful, real rocks last virtually forever, very low maintenance.
Composite siding resources: rock siding estimates
Cons: expensive, special care needed when cleaning synthetic rock siding materials.
Siding Materials Conclusion
There are of course other siding material options but this should give you a very quick overview and ‘cliff note’ version of your siding material choices. See our resources for more information. Whatever choice you make, we strongly encourage you to spend a little time up front researching the available siding materials to ensure you pick the right products for you. You’ll be glad you did!