Types of Siding: Picking Siding For Your House

If you’re building a new house or renovating your own, you may be at a point where you wonder what kind of siding to get. There are many types of house siding for the exterior of your home, so it can be overwhelming. 

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Luckily, we have broken down each type of siding, why it’s good, and what its flaws are. This way, you can find the siding that works for you and your home. You may be surprised to find out what your perfect match is.

Standard Vinyl Siding

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Image from Cottage Home Company

Cost: $.50 to $3 per sqft. 

Vinyl siding is the most popular type of siding. It’s easy to install and is the cheapest siding you can get. Not to mention, it comes in any color or texture that you can imagine. This is the laminate floor of house siding. 

Laminate comes in different textures, as well as both vertical “boards” and horizontal “boards.” This gives you many options and combinations to work with. You can paint vinyl any color that you want. 

Pros of Vinyl Siding

  • Cheap
  • Relatively durable
  • Lots of options
  • Easy to install
  • Never fades

Cons of Vinyl Siding

  • Doesn’t look authentic
  • Not eco-friendly
  • Breaks easily in strong weather conditions

Insulated Vinyl

Via Platinum Development Builders

Cost: $3 to $10 per sqft.

Insulated vinyl is still technically vinyl, but when asking for vinyl, it’s important to specify which one you want. Insulated vinyl is treated as a completely different siding than standard vinyl. It comes with insulation built-in. 

If you’re going to insulate the inside well or live in a mild climate, then opt for standard vinyl siding instead of insulated vinyl. The price difference is too great not to choose the cheaper one if it won’t affect your heating and cooling

Pros of Insulated Vinyl

  • Keeps house warm in winter, cool in summer
  • More durable than regular vinyl
  • Has all perks vinyl has, but isn’t as cheap

Cons of Insulated Vinyl

  • Spike in price
  • Same cons as vinyl but more durable

Engineered Hardwood 

Via Mataverde Decking

Cost: $2.50 to $4 per sqft.

LP SmartSide is a great brand of engineered hardwood and the most popular in America. Their siding is made of wood and other materials. It is strong and a great, cheaper replacement for solid wood siding.

However, there are plenty of brands that will do the job. The point of engineered hardwood is to get a cheaper hardwood that will last and look the way you want it to, yet be more affordable than solid wood. 

Pros of Engineered Hardwood

  • Strong
  • Customizable
  • Looks like hardwood

Cons of Engineered Hardwood 

  • Can’t be refinished
  • Not solid wood

Shingles

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Modern Lodge Disguised As Traditional Using Wooden Shingles – more here.

Cost: $2 to $7 per sqft.

Shingles can be made of any material, but are usually made of wood. They are thin blocks that stack on top of each other to create a uniform pattern seen on millions of houses across the world. They are always a safe choice.

Pros of Shingles

  • Safe choice
  • Looks natural
  • Affordable

Cons of Shingles

  • Require maintenance
  • Can loosen and fall apart

Log

Via TruLog Steel Log Siding

Cost: $3 to $8 per sqft. 

Log siding usually isn’t made with full logs, but rather half logs that look like half circles on the end. It gives your home a cabin look that is very rustic and comforting. Pair it with log pillars or another rustic decor

If you’d rather have solid log siding, you’ll want to get log “walls.” This means that the complete exterior of the home is done in logs instead of simply log siding over plywood, which has become more common. 

Pros of Log Siding

  • Looks rustic yet high end
  • Alluring to passerbys
  • Durable if installed correctly

Cons of Log Siding

  • Needs treated
  • Expensive installation 

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Brick

Via CK Building and Design Corporation

Cost: $5 to $10 per sqft.

Brick is a popular choice because it can last a lifetime. So that initial cost is worth it if this is your forever home. However, it’s important that you like the look of brick if you get it. After all, your home should be appealing to you. 

If you want a truly unique look, you can get painted brick or mix the brick with stone. This will add contrast and give your exterior an eclectic look. 

Pros of Brick Siding

  • Very durable
  • Looks unique if painted

Cons of Brick Siding

  • Expensive
  • Looks like many other houses if red

Batten

Via Piches Architecture

Cost: Greatly Varies

Board and batten is a type of siding made from wood. It was traditionally used in barns but is now used for many types of buildings. It features wider boards joined together by thin boards. The look is unique. 

You can also fake batten by using plywood or something similar and add small boards spaced evenly over it. This is also much cheaper than using boards. 

Pros of Batten

  • Can be cheap if repurposed
  • Can be painted
  • Unique

Cons of Batten

  • Can be expensive if bought outright
  • Not durable if installed wrong

Stucco

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Via Calvin Design

Cost: $5 to $10 per sqft.

Stucco used to be one of the cheapest siding options. But since it is a dying trade that needs to be done by certain professionals, it’s becoming rare and expensive. That said, it’s still a wonderful siding option for warm climates. 

Stucco is similar to plaster but is more regional. You can do your own plaster walls but they are recommended for the interior rather than exterior. 

Pros of Stucco

  • Long-lasting
  • Keeps house cool
  • Saves energy
  • Fire-resistant

Cons of Stucco

  • Expensive
  • Not perfect for humid areas
  • Hard to keep clean

Glass

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Via Cohen Construction

Cost: Up to $100 per sqft. 

Glass siding has obvious pros and cons. It is in no way cheap and it can break easily. But to use in certain areas of your house, it can be perfect. After all, greenhouses have glass walls and siding because that’s what is best. 

Generally, glass “siding” is framed with metal, or sometimes wood. It can also be solid if made strong, but will need to be secured well in any case. 

Pros of Glass 

  • Looks amazing
  • Solid windows
  • Natural light
  • Energy-efficient
  • Waterproof

Cons of Glass

  • Not actual siding, but solo walls
  • Can break
  • No privacy
  • Expensive

Stone

Cost: $10 to $20 per sqft. 

Stone siding can be the answer to your problems. It is even more durable than brick but offers a more natural look. While veneer siding isn’t ideal, solid stone siding looks stunning and is one of the strongest options.

That said, veneer siding shouldn’t be ruled out. It’s easy to replace when pieces are broken off and it offers a unique look as opposed to the softer stone siding. 

Pros of Stone Siding

  • Easy maintenance 
  • Very durable
  • Natural look

Cons of Stone Siding

  • One crack can be difficult to repair
  • Expensive

Aluminum

Via Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture

Cost: $2 to $7 per sqft.

Aluminum is another popular siding, especially in prefabs. It is a great, durable option that’s more affordable than most. You can get it in natural metal colors or painted, both work the same and will be safe. 

If you have an aluminum roof, be careful when getting aluminum siding. The two may not contrast enough to make your house look homey. Aluminum is a “cool” siding option and doesn’t leave much room for hominess. 

Pros of Aluminum

  • Doesn’t weather
  • Never molds
  • Lasts through any weather
  • Fire-resistant 
  • Reflects sunlight 

Cons of Aluminum 

  • May dent
  • Hot to touch in summer

Steel

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Cost: $4 to $10 per sqft.

Steel is similar to aluminum only it’s much more durable. It looks like aluminum and feels like it but is like using cardboard instead of paper for a project. Cardboard will last longer and is much stronger. 

Because steel can rust, it may not last as long as other siding options. But the lifespan that it has will make you feel as safe as can be. Not much can break through or even damage steel. 

Pros of Steel

  • One of the strongest types of siding
  • Looks sleek
  • Simply a stronger version of aluminum 

Cons of Steel

  • May fade
  • Needs repainted after a time
  • Hot to touch in summer

Fiber Cement 

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Via Jim Burton Architects

Cost: $5 to $15 per sqft.

This is a strange yet efficient siding that you may or may not have heard about. Fiber cement is a man-made material that is similar to vinyl and composite because it is a mixture of materials. This one includes cement. 

Because it includes cement, it’s much stronger than other composite sidings. Fiber cement is becoming more and more popular each day, and with good reason. 

Pros of Fiber Cement

  • Mimics any material 
  • Looks natural
  • Cement makes it durable
  • Waterproof
  • Fire-resistant 
  • Very versatile

Cons of Fiber Cement

  • Quite expensive
  • Heavy
  • Hard to install 

Concrete

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Cost: $3 to $7 sqft.

Concrete is similar to fiber cement, as it does have cement in it. But there is a difference between cement and concrete. Cement is an ingredient while concrete is a substance that has cement in it most of the time. 

It doesn’t get any more futuristic than concrete. You can use it with wood to give a nice contrast or use it to cover your entire house. This is one of the most durable options on the market and is always worth it. 

Pros of Concrete

  • Lasts hundreds of years
  • Waterproof
  • Fire resistant 
  • Insulates
  • Versatile 

Cons of Concrete

  • Expensive
  • Not as natural looking

Conclusion

Now that you know what siding options are available, you can make your decision. Mix and match for a unique home or choose a solid siding for a classic look. The choice is yours. Just make sure that it makes you happy!