11 Types Of Siding Every Homeowner Should Consider + Pros and Cons

May 6th, 2019 BY First American Roofing

When it comes to making sure that your home is strong and has the curb appeal to impress, you must consider your siding. There are many factors to consider before taking that step including types of siding, materials, and colors.

However, this is easier said than done. With so many different siding options to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily for you, we’ve broken down some of the best sidings you can get for your home with pros and cons for each. By the end of this article, you’ll be picking from among the best siding for houses.

11 Different Types of Siding Every Homeowner Should Consider

1. Vinyl Siding

Pros: Affordable & Lots of Variety

Cons: Not the most durable option

vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is a fairly popular choice for homes for a few reasons. First, everyone is fairly familiar with vinyl siding. Because of this, it makes for a safe choice for homeowners because they are already knowledgeable about the product. In addition, it is also one of the most affordable types of siding, as it is an economic option. However, this does make it not as durable as some of the other siding options available. But, it does come with a wide range of colors, which is another reason people are drawn to it. Check out this siding buyers guide if you are looking for more info!

All in all, vinyl siding will get the job done, but since it is a cheaper house siding it is more likely to succumb to damage by hail, baseballs, and other objects flying through the sky.

2. Insulated Vinyl Siding

Pros: Improved home insulation and durability, with the same variety of traditional vinyl.

Cons: Still not as durable as other siding options.

insulated vinyl siding

Next up, we have insulated vinyl. What makes this different from regular vinyl is that the insulation is built right into the ridge of the panel. Having the insulation set up this way helps to insulate the home better and overall help secure the temperature of homes — which can help save you money. It also helps make it more durable, meaning you may be spending less on repairs or replacement siding.

With insulated vinyl, you get a siding upgrade from regular vinyl while also maintaining a large number of color options as well

3. LP SmartSide

Pros: Highly durable & can be repainted.

Cons: More expensive than the average homeowner is looking to pay.

LP smartside siding

LP SmartSide is engineered hardwood that is extremely durable. In fact, it’s so durable that the manufacturing of this siding allows for a 50-year warranty. Also, the company that puts the finishing on it has a lifetime guarantee. In other words, the extra money you use to purchase this type of siding will be well worth it down the road. Even if you’re not planning on sticking around for 50 years, having LP SmartSide can help bring up your home’s value.

Unlike with vinyl, you can paint this house side paneling so if you ever get sick of the color, want something new to update your home, or are looking to tackle a new color trend, this siding allows for just that. When it comes to which color you want, the sky is the limit. You can have any custom color on your home with LP SmartSide siding.

4. Hardie Board Siding

Pros: Highly durable & top-notch quality control.

Cons: More expensive than vinyl & shorter warranty than LP SmartSide

hardie board siding

If you think siding that contains cement would be very durable, then you’d be right. Hardie Board siding is extremely strong and can handle all sorts of objects and elements thrown its way. Unlike LP SmartSide, James Hardie paints their siding in-house, so you know you’ll get that consistency across the board. They offer a 30-year warranty and you can once again get any custom color for your home.

5. Everlast Composite Siding

Pros: One of the most durable types of siding available, comes with a ‘length of ownership’ warranty.

Cons: Restricted color options & price.

types of siding: composite siding

Last, but certainly not least, we have Composite Everlast. Made from crushed rock with polymers and resins, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger, more sturdy siding. Everlast is so confident in this product, they offer a guarantee for as long as you own the home. While the colors are a little more limited, they do have a nice variety of slap options so you can find the perfect fit for your house. If composite siding is on the top of your list, check out this collection of the best composite siding options.

6. Natural Wood Siding

Pros: Easy to change the look with paint or stain. It’s easy to repair and is eco-friendly.

Cons: Expensive and high-maintenance.

natural wood siding

While most other siding materials attempt to recreate and capture the true look of wood, only real wood shingles can have that undeniable aesthetic. Real wood shingles are still the choice of many homeowners, especially in the west. Its texture and curb appeal can’t be matched for many who choose not to go the synthetic route.

Installing real wood shingles can be a costly endeavor, but ultimately worth it in the end. With wood siding comes the benefits of being able to easily paint your house to change its look. You can also stain or re-stain for an added boost in curb appeal. There are a few downsides to wood siding, though, including a high up-front cost.

Natural wood siding also requires quite a bit of maintenance to keep it in good shape. Unless you have cedar shakes, consider re-painting or re-staining your wood shingles every 5-7 years depending on its condition. Also, rodents and bugs like termites can infiltrate your siding, so it’s important to watch for holes or signs of chewing on your shingles. Luckily, those repairs are quick and easy to take care of. It’s good for homeowners to regularly check for the integrity of their siding. Trapped water or moisture can lead to wood rot. In the case of rotten wood, it’s best to call your professional for a full tear down and replacement of that area.

7. Wood Composite Siding

Pros: Looks like the real thing, at a fraction of the cost.

Cons: Moisture is its sworn enemy — causing mold and mildew if moisture is trapped behind the siding.

Other wood sidings include cedar shakes, engineered wood, and board and batten. Cedar lasts up to 100 years and ages gracefully. It might be the most maintenance-free one of them all. Board and batten or slats can give your home’s exterior a beautiful aesthetic not often seen by using basic shingles. It’s wood siding that has been manufactured to only look real, but is in fact made of a blend of materials. Manufactured wood siding is great because it is a mere fraction of the cost of real wood. Not to mention, it requires much less maintenance! Just make sure you keep moisture out from behind the siding as it can easily cause mold and mildew.

8. Metal Siding

Pros: Low maintenance, resistance to bugs and fire,  and environmentally-friendly.

Cons: Potential for rust in wet or coastal climates. Lighter metals, like aluminum, can be prone to dents and damage.

metal siding type

Types of metal siding and roofing have both been on the rise and becoming more and more popular in residential homes. Despite its expensive cost upfront, the longevity and durability of metal siding make it worth it. Metal is great for homeowners looking for sustainable products because even if their siding is replaced, the used materials are completely recyclable. Other roofing materials end up in landfills for decades upon decades.

Metal siding is also resistant to bugs, mold, and fire. While metal siding is quite durable, it can be susceptible to rust (for steel siding) or dents (primarily for aluminum siding). The good news is, homeowners don’t need to worry about termites or any pesky rodents chewing through their steel siding. Plus, metal siding can be manufactured to imitate any other types of siding, but with that added benefit of durability and long life.

9. Fiber Cement Siding

Pros: Versatile design (can be painted over), durable, very long-lasting. Some manufacturers offer anywhere from a 30 to 50-year warranty on fiber cement siding!

Cons: More expensive than vinyl, high-maintenance, and low R-value.

Fiber cement siding is a high-quality material that can look and act like vinyl siding, cement siding, and wood siding — but with added durability. Fiber cement siding is manufactured to withstand the elements and keep your home safe and secure without sacrificing the look.

Vinyl siding and fiber cement both have a similar look with the wood “grain” look and come in a variety of colors and textures. However, you can probably expect the most you would pay for custom vinyl siding is likely the least you might pay for fiber cement. But, the genuine look you can get with fiber cement definitely gives you more of a return on investment to your home.

10. Brick

Pros: Beautiful, very low-maintenance, fire-resistant, and provides great temperature control.

Cons: Not a ton of options, may require re-mortaring at one point, and it’s more expensive than other materials.

brick siding

Everyone loves a gorgeous brick house. They are timeless beauties that tend to stand the test of time both structurally and aesthetically. Often brick is used as the structure of the home, but people are also using brick siding panels to bring the same aesthetic as the real thing, but at a much cheaper option.

Brick is made of some of the most durable and abundant earthly materials — clay and shale. They are incredibly eco-friendly and can be used or re-used for many things. Plus, an added bonus is matching your retaining walls and other landscaping to match your home’s brick siding. The one major downside is that though the bricks themselves are highly durable, the mortar in between can wear away from being exposed to the elements. This can be repaired but can be a nuisance if it happens every few years.

11. Stone Veneer Siding

Pros: Lightweight, more affordable, and nearly any contractor can install them.

Cons: Not very environmentally friendly (can’t be recycled) and weak spots can allow moisture to get behind the sheets and cause damage.

stone veneer

Real stone on a home can be a tough sale. It requires a LOT of heavy loads of stone, highly experienced masons, and can take a very long time. This is probably why a lot of people opt for stone walls to be used for half-walls on a section of their home. It has the same appeal, without all the work.

Stone veneer siding, on the other hand, looks like real stone, acts like real stone, and can be easily replaced with custom cut sheets. Basically, stone veneer siding is a cheaper, more lightweight way to get the same beautiful look of real stone – without the hassle. They can be easily installed, replaced, or repaired.

Contact The Siding Pros At First American

Whether you’re looking at types of siding for a new home, or are interested in-touching up the current exterior of your home, give First American a call at (608) 783 3101. For dirty siding, we’ll come to your home and soft-wash your siding, which will make it look brand new once more. If your roofing, windows, or gutters also need to be looked at, we’ll take care of that too. Contact us today for a free estimate!

If you are interested in more reading, be sure to check out our post on the best gutter guards for homeowners!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most durable type of siding?

There are many types of durable siding on the market. One exceedingly durable siding material is Everlast Composite. It is highly durable and is covered by warranty for as long as you own the home. One drawback is the limited color options.

What siding material is the most affordable?

Typically vinyl siding is the most affordable type of siding available to homeowners. However, other types of siding last longer, saving money in the long run. They are just expensive to pay for upfront.

What types of siding have the best color options?

Vinyl siding is available in more color options than any other siding material. However, some manufacturers can make custom colors to suit the needs of your home. If finding the right color is a high priority for you, talk to a local contractor about your best options.