We’re willing to bet you probably haven’t thought about changing the siding of your home. Not many people do. It might be the visual aesthetic of your home’s siding that attracted you to it in the first place. But if your house’s exterior leaves one wanting, then consider changing it out for something different to up your curb appeal and possibly save some energy.
Depending on where you live, you probably see stucco siding all over the place. It’s been around for centuries and can be molded into many textures and finishes. Primarily made of a cement type mixture and sand or lime, stucco will adhere to wood, brick or stone. Popular in Mediterranean, Spanish-mission, and Ranch style homes, this siding can be installed by your or a professional, and when done well, it can last a lifetime and be painted if you decide to update it somewhere on down the line.
The number one top-selling siding option in America. Vinyl siding came around in the 1960s and has since been loved for its versatility, easy installation/maintenance, and affordability. With over 300 colors to choose from and different styles like shingles, slats, fish scales, or beading there is bound to be a look that speaks to you. You’ll only need to wash it once a year to keep it looking great for decades to come. While you’ll need a special set of tools, you can install vinyl siding yourself to cut the cost even more.
If you want a truly classic, Tudor or English Cottage style look to you home, then look no further than brick. Tried and true, this fired clay material is another traditional siding option that lasts forever when properly installed. It’s also the best at providing a sound barrier for your home. Like stucco, it can be painted which means you’ve got an easy option to updating your house in the future. The cost is more than what you would spend on vinyl for both the material and labor. But the gorgeous austere look and durability of brick is worth it.
Another cottage-style siding option, wood is common along the Cape. Beautiful and natural, wood siding comes in clapboard, shakes, and shingles. Those can be cut and shaped into a variety of ways to provide some variety in the finished look. Like brick, wood is more expensive to install – and that’s not the only downside. Maintenance for wood siding will be required every 2-5 years of painting or staining to protect from weathering. It is recommended – and in higher fire-risk places required – that your shakes/shingles/clapboard be coated in a fire-retardent. In addition to being more prone to fire damage, wood is also susceptible to rodent and pest infestations. A beautiful site for you and the neighborhood to enjoy, but not without side effects.
Stone or Stone Veneer
Saving the best for last, Stone siding is another natural material whose look is simply to die for, and their price point is enough to make you fall out of your chair. Between $10 and $30 per square foot is the average cost for stone installation. It’s also more difficult to add to existing homes that may not be able to support it structurally. You can, however, get that same look and texture of natural stone, but at a reduced cost that you can even install yourself, should you feel so inclined, further reducing the cost. Fabricated Stone Veneer is very popular among homeowners. It’s lighter in weight and just as durable as stone. Maintenance is fairly low as well, needing only a wash and inspection once a year. You can also find fabricated wood and brick veneers, expanding your horizon of house siding choices.
There you have it. The most popular types of siding for homes. As you consider which option is best for you, consider the following:
- How will it hold up against rain? Depending on your climate, the water-resistance of your siding choice will matter.
- R-ratings and energy efficiency. Taking your climate into account again, choose a siding that works well at helping insulate your home.
- Labor. If you’re planning to save money with self-installation, choose a siding that is easy to install and within your skillset. To get the most out of this upgrade, it’s worth calling a professional.
- Curb Appeal. Obviously, you have to love it more than anyone else, but how does it look within the neighborhood. Never make an upgrade that will put your home outside of the surrounding market; it makes it harder to get a return on your investment.
- How well does it work for your home? Before going all in, make sure your choice can accommodate your home’s structure.
- Durability. Going back to you climate, you want to make sure it can withstand all the elements of wind and rain, heat and cold, and time. Some sidings don’t change well with the weather; they can crack, leading to repairs you might not otherwise need with a different option.