Many things can influence a house’s overall curb appeal and the most important one of all is the exterior siding. Each type influence’s the house’s appearance and architecture in unique ways so it’s important to choose the option that best suits you and your home. Below you’ll find some of the most common options described using specific examples for easy visualization.
1. Log siding
First of all we should mention that wood siding is very versatile and suits a wide range of styles. It gives houses a natural look and logs in particular have a rustic appearance which gives houses a cabin-like aesthetic. That makes log siding a perfect option for mountain retreats such as this one designed by Ertel Associates Architects.
2. Board and Batten
Board and batten siding is typically made of wood but not always as there’s also the option of vinyl. The boards can be installed either vertically or horizontally and this can influence the overall look of the house, making it appear taller or wider. It’s easy to install and maintenance is simple as well. Board and batten siding is a suitable option for farmhouse-styles homes such as this one as well as for traditional and even more modern structures.
3. Wood Shingle
Shingles made of wood have the ability of giving houses a natural and rustic look and helping them to blend into their surroundings more easily. They’re less expensive than other siding options but they require proper and constant maintenance if they’re to last. Installation is quite time-consuming so I guess you really have to like the look in order to choose this siding option over others. Perhaps this house built by Heartwood Corp. in Southhampton can convince you.
4.Horizontal wood boards
Horizontal wood boards give houses a classic look but that comes at a cost: regular maintenance and in some cases a high initial investment as well (for rot-resistant woods such as cedar). The advantage is the fact that this type of house siding is not necessarily linked to any particular style and can be easily customizing with stain or paint. For instance, this house designed by Place Architecture has a lovely modern appearance.
Metal panels are a common house siding option for structures with a modern- industrial appearance such as this house remodeled by WA Design. The material presents multiple advantages such as the fact that it’s usually durable and long-lasting, pest-resistant, fire-resistant and doesn’t warp. At the same time, metal siding doesn’t retain warmth in winter and this is a considerable disadvantage. In some particular cases, panels made of weathering steel or copper gain a unique patina over time and that’s priceless.
Stone is timeless and a great siding material for structure which aim to look rustic or traditional. The natural look of stone has a particular charm. However, to benefit from that you’d have to pay a high initial price. Also, you’ll most likely need the help of a professional for the installation. In return you’d a weather-resistant and virtually maintenance-free house exterior. This craftsman-style house designed by Studio 6 Architects is a perfect example.
If you like the look of stone house siding but you’re not prepared to pay that much for it, there’s an alternative: faux stone. It’s not as durable or as long-lasting as real stone but it costs a lot less and it looks very convincing. With a bit of maintenance you can enjoy it for a long time. If you’re not convinced, check out this great house built by Orren Pickell Building Group and look at the details.
There aren’t that many brick houses these days and one of the reason for that is the labor-intensive installation process which, by extension, leads to a high price. Of course, brick house siding has a unique look which you can’t really get using other materials so that’s something to keep in mind. Also, brick exteriors don’t require much maintenance and can last more decades so they’re a pretty sound investment. Brick siding suits traditional houses such as the house built by general contractor Andrew Roby.
Let’s also talk about modern house siding materials. The most notable one in this case would be glass. It’s the ideal option if you wish to enjoy panoramic views and to have a house filled with natural light. Other advantages of glass exteriors include the fact that the house would be eater-resistant and energy-efficient. The downsides are the high cost, the lack of privacy and the need for regular cleaning. With all of this in mind, we think glass houses are amazing so if you can afford it, go for it. This elevated concrete house is one of our favorite projects.
If you want the ultimate durable and long-lasting house exterior, go with concrete. It can last for hundreds of years and requires little maintenance. It’s fire-resistant and it withstands even the toughest weather plus it provides great insulation. In addition, concrete can be molded into pretty much any shape which gives great flexibility when designing the house. The only downside of concrete houses is the high installation cost.
Stucco house siding is long-lasting and fire-resistant and provides good insulation. You can apply it on wood, stone and brick surfaces and it can adapt to a variety of different architectural styles. However, keep in mind that stucco siding doesn’t do well in humid areas and is also expensive. Check out this house built by Think Design Office to see how stucco siding can actually look like.
Nowadays versatility and customizability are very important and can surpass longevity. Combine that with a low cost and you get the perfect house siding material for most contemporary houses: vinyl. It’s a synthetic material which is durable, versatile and highly customizable, being available in a wide variety of colors and in many different forms such as panels or shingles. Vinyl can even imitate the look of other materials such as stone and requires little maintenance. The disadvantages usually associated with this material include the fact that it’s not biodegradable and can be damaged by extreme weather conditions. An example of vinyl exterior siding can be seen on this house remodeled by John Bynum Custom Homes.