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7 Of The Best Options For Your Home

Katie Ziraldo4-Minute Read
February 16, 2021

Whether you’re a new homeowner looking to make over your house or a seller trying to boost your curb appeal before putting your home on the market, there’s no doubt that the right siding can significantly alter your home’s appearance. Choosing the right type of siding can tie the style of your home together, but choosing the wrong type may lessen your resale value or lead to expensive repairs down the road.

Although interior remodels have an undeniable appeal, home exterior updates can be just as influential. In fact, updating your siding can be one of the simplest ways to add value to your home.

But which siding option is right for you? There are many factors to consider, from the overall cost of materials and installation to the popularity of the design and style.

The Top 7 House Siding Options

In addition to their different design styles, each type of siding also comes with certain benefits and drawbacks depending on your unique needs, including your budget and your home’s location. Over time, the following types of siding have become the most popular materials on the market due to their versatility and customizability.

1.  Vinyl

Vinyl siding is easily the most popular option available due to its overall low cost and ease of maintenance. It’s also relatively easy to install, making this the simplest option for do-it-yourself installation.

  • Pros: It comes in a wide array of colors, textures and designs, including clapboard and shingles, that make vinyl work with many popular house styles.
  • Cons: Despite its many upsides, vinyl is less durable than other popular siding options and can also be bad for the environment.

2.  Insulated Vinyl

Insulated vinyl is a type of siding with an added insulating layer, which gives the siding a closer fit to your home.

  • Pros: Insulated siding is resistant to warping over time and holds air inside, making your home more energy efficient.
  • Cons: Due to its added insulation, this is a more expensive option than regular vinyl siding despite offering a similar look.

3.  Natural Wood

Used primarily for bungalow and cottage exteriors, natural wood siding offers a unique look and can survive overtime when maintained properly.

  • Pros: It’s available in a wide variety of styles and textures and better for the environment long term.
  • Cons: As a natural form of siding, wood is prone to termite damage and problems due to moisture if the home isn’t properly ventilated.

4. Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of styles and textures at a relatively low cost, making it a versatile choice for your home.

  • Pros: When installed properly, this siding can offer a similar style as natural wood while providing higher durability with lower maintenance.
  • Cons: Due to its durability, fiber cement siding is on the pricier side of the range and can also be relatively difficult to install if you’re not a professional.

5.  Stone

If you want to add texture and natural beauty to your home’s exterior, stone siding may be the way to go.

  • Pros: Stone is naturally weatherproofed to help you avoid dealing with water damage.
  • Cons: It’s expensive and tricky to add to an existing home, and incorrect installation can lead to irreparable damage down the line.

6.  Metal

Despite being more expensive than vinyl and other popular materials, metal siding has risen in popularity due to its durability.

  • Pros: Offered in various styles, steel and aluminum siding are considered very low-maintenance materials and are also mold- and fire-resistant.
  • Cons: Metal siding may be prone to dents and susceptible to rust overtime.

7.  Brick

Brick siding has been a staple for hundreds of years for a reason: It offers a classic look that can survive the test of time.

  • Pros: Brick insulates from extreme weather conditions to help you stay safe during the winter and is extremely durable and easy to maintain.
  • Cons: Although there are several color options available, brick offers less customization than other popular forms of siding.

Other Types Of House Siding

If you’re looking for a unique design or are otherwise uninterested in the types of siding we’ve discussed so far, it’s important to note there are other types that might be less popular overall but are still viable options to protect your home and boost your curb appeal.

Engineered Wood

If you love the look of wood siding but want to forego some of its downsides, engineered wood may be a good option as it offers the same effect at a lower price. In addition to its design, engineered wood is also treated to resist moisture and pests, making it more durable than natural wood. If you choose to go this route, be sure to keep in mind this siding cannot be stained or painted, so it will not be simple to change the look of your home once it is installed.

Stone Veneer

Stone siding creates a cozy feel for your home but can be expensive to install and difficult to alter. Stone veneer siding looks and acts like real stone at a much lower cost, and due to its lightweight design, it can be easily replaced or repaired overtime. Because it does not need to be painted, it can also help you save on painting costs.

Glass

If you can afford the higher cost of materials and installation, glass siding offers a sophisticated exterior and interior design and allows for an abundance of natural light in your home. Because glass provides an airtight environment, this is also a very energy-efficient option.

Stucco

Stucco is made of lime or sand and cement and is highly customizable as it can be painted almost any color. It’s a particularly popular siding option in drier climates as it does not handle moisture well. As such, stucco is susceptible to mold and mildew, meaning you may have to invest in mold removal if you choose this option.

Making The Final Decision

Siding can drastically change the feel of your home and is therefore one of the first things potential buyers and passersby will notice, so choosing the right kind is key. In addition to the pros and cons of the type of siding, you should also consider warranty terms and weather conditions while making the final decision for your home.

If you’re interested in learning more about updating and maintaining home exteriors, check out the Rocket Homes® Homeowner Guide!

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    Katie Ziraldo

    Katie Ziraldo is a writer focused on financial learning for current and future homeowners. She found her love of writing through her experience working with various newspapers, such as the Detroit Free Press. Her financial literacy stems from her four years as a Recruiter, when she learned the details of every role in the mortgage process. As a writer, she uses that knowledge to create relevant content for homeowners to help them reach their goals.