What are the different types of siding for a home?
Siding is a great option for your home. It’s attractive, for one, adding color and texture. But it’s also an added layer of protection from the elements.
When considering home siding installation, you have several options. Here is a general guide to the different types of siding available on the market today.
Different types of siding:
- Vinyl: One of the most popular forms of home siding on the market, vinyl is versatile, low-cost and easy to maintain. It comes in a variety of colors and styles, and easy enough to install it makes for a good DIY project, as long as you follow instructions.
- Wood: Another popular home siding choice, especially for bungalow or cottage styles, is wood siding. You can get this siding in a variety of styles from wood shakes and shingles to clapboard. Though durable enough to last decades, wood siding can require a lot of maintenance, usually either chalking, painting or staining to prevent damage from weather.
- Brick: Brick gives homes a classic, beautiful look. Today most brick siding is brick veneer built outside of the wood frame. A membrane is usually installed between the veneer and the house to protect it from water penetration.
- Fiber-cement: A low-maintenance, low-cost option to masonry, stucco or wood siding. This kind of siding is also non-flammable and termite-resistant.
- Stucco: Made from building sand, cement, lime and water, stucco is often found on ranch- or Mediterranean-style homes. Properly installed and maintained, stucco can last for the lifetime of the house.
- Stone and stone veneer: Although it’s usually one of the most expensive options for home siding, stone can make a home stand out like no other. Stone-veneer is a lightweight synthetic alternative to stone that still looks as great.
- Metal: Metal siding like aluminum is relatively low-cost and holds up well, especially when painted.
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What is the most durable siding?
Among the most durable forms of siding include stucco, stone veneer and fiber-cement. Stucco proves to be very durable and can last as long as the home itself. Stone, of course, is one of the most durable substances on the planet, and synthetic stone veneer holds up just as well as the real thing. Fiber-cement is not only durable, it’s sort of a chameleon of siding material because it can be made to look like wood, stucco or masonry.
Of course, brick and brick veneer siding are also strong, durable options for home siding, with actual bricks lasting about 25 years before needing repairs. With good maintenance, brick will last decades. Brick veneer usually doesn’t last quite as long as brick, but is still durable. If you are considering brick siding, you can add to your home’s look and protection with brick fences.
If you choose wood siding, clapboard tends to last the longest. But most wood siding, with the right care, will last for decades. Metal siding will last a long time as well, and aluminum is particularly good in coastal areas because it resists salt air’s corrosiveness.
What is the cheapest kind of siding?
One of the reasons vinyl siding is so popular for home siding is its low cost. On average vinyl siding costs about $2 to $4 per square foot, but metal siding is usually cheapest to install. Wood siding is also relatively cheap, depending on the type of wood used. Cedar home siding, for instance, averages about $8 per square foot.
Is insulated siding worth it?
If you choose vinyl siding for your home siding, you have an option of purchasing insulated siding, which is backed with rigid solid foam. It’s pretty standard as a home building material. It does add to the R-value, or insulation value, to your home, and the stiffer material makes the vinyl more resistant to warping and movement. It does, however, cost a little more.
How much does it cost to put siding on a house?
As with most building costs, much of the cost of home siding installation will depend on the type of material used and the size of the house. For a 2,200 square-foot home, vinyl siding installation will cost on average about $6,800. You may also have to factor in other costs such as removal or disposal of the siding you’ve replaced as well as extras such as trim or crown molding and fascias and soffits. These extras could cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000.
Validated Construction offers a wide range of affordable home siding options in Oklahoma City, OK.
Modern home with siding
Whatever kind of home you have, home siding makes up an essential element. It’s a source of protection and will help you save on energy costs. It also affects your home’s value and curb appeal. Whenever you’re choosing home siding, it will have to match with the rest your house.
Home siding that looks like wood
There are a couple of kinds of siding that can be made to look like wood, composite lap siding or fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is one of the most versatile materials that can be shaped to look like wood or other materials.
Home repair and siding
With the right maintenance, no matter what kind of home siding you choose, it can last decades. Still, it’s prone to damage by weather such as high winds and hail. Over time, with sun exposure, vinyl siding especially can fall prey to discoloration.
Whatever your repair or replacement needs, we are your home siding professionals in Oklahoma City, OK.
Home value brick vs siding
Two of the most common choices for home exteriors are brick and vinyl siding. Some homes will feature both. Both are relatively inexpensive, with vinyl costing $2 to $4 per square foot, while brick runs $6 to $12 per square foot but brick homes tend to appreciate in value on average about 6% after they are built. Though both brick and vinyl siding are durable, brick can be slightly more weather resistant and won’t get damaged by sun, rain, ice or even snow. Siding is built to be tough too, and can withstand winds in excess of 110 mph. Both are relatively easy to maintain, though brick has a slighter edge because of durability.
Whatever option you choose for home siding, the professionals at OK can meeting all your siding installation and repair needs in Oklahoma City, OK. Schedule us today by calling 877-736-2783.