Which Type of Siding is Right for Your Home

Which Type of Siding is Right for Your Home

The following contribution is from another author.

When it comes to choosing the right type of siding to refresh the look of your home, there are a lot of factors to to take into consideration before coming up with your final decision. Some of the most important ones include durability, aesthetic value, cost, and required maintenance. Each type of siding has its own set of pros and cons in these areas, so it’s important to weigh all your options before making a decision.


Siding is an essential part of your home’s exterior 一 it protects your home from the elements and helps to improve its appearance.There are many different types of cedar siding to choose from, each with its own source material, quality, pros and cons.

We naturally base our sidings on the overall appearance it has with the design of our house, but make sure that you do research on the material they are made of, the qualities they have, and even the price.  Better yet, you may want to get the help of a siding specialist to advise you what’s best for your home.

Wood Siding: 

Wood Siding is one popular option because it’s highly durable and can last for many years.  It requires, however, proper care through regular painting or staining to maintain its appearance and ability to protect the house’s external surfaces, which can be a hassle. Vinyl siding is another popular choice and is known for its high durability and low maintenance requirements. However, it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the other options.

Metal Siding:

Metal siding is not only stylish; it’s also durable. In addition to being resistant to mold, mold, and mildew 一 which you won’t have with wood-framed homes, and the latter two of which also appearing in vinyl.

Did you know that Metal roofs and sidings can also withstand fires?  They also stay cool in the summertime without sustaining any damage, thanks to their stainless steel cladding design! This means no more worries about your house catching fire because there’s nothing flammable on site; just smart construction practices that benefit everyone involved (including homeowners).

Despite its durability, however, metal sidings come at quite an expense.  Rust will start forming after long periods if not regularly and properly maintained.  Dents from Aluminum Sides primarily occur during heavy rains can cause outlines of itself,  making them susceptible to further damage and reducing the house’s aesthetic value.

Fiber Cement Siding: 

Fiber cement siding is a more recent innovation that is gaining popularity. It is made from a mix of many home siding materials.  With its many variations, you can carefully choose the kind you want for your home, depending on your individual needs and preferences.  Weigh all your options and choose the siding that is right for you.

Insulated Vinyl Siding:

Vinyl siding is a popular option because it is affordable and durable. It is also easy to maintain and comes in a variety of colors and styles.  Compared to other sidings, however, some would find it to be not as aesthetically pleasing and can lower a house’s curb value.

The more recent innovations, on the other hand, are still made of vinyl, but of sturdier qualities and using newer techniques.  It has, therefore, improved home insulation and durability, and with even more designs to choose from.

Natural Wood Siding:

With improved home insulation and durability, plus the same variety of traditional vinyl. Unlike wood shingles, it is easy and affordable to spruce up your house, but there is one major downside: the cost. 

Purchasing Sidings and their Maintenance

You have two options for installing them 一 you may either purchase them in whole panels or as corner pieces.  Regardless of your choice, make sure you have them maintained regularly, as once these surfaces wear out over time due to lack of maintenance like painting etc., they’re gone forever!

Take note that wood siding comes with many benefits such as being able to paint any color throughout the year-round without having oddly shaped spots everywhere because only certain sides were painted previously while others stay raw showing natural decay

Natural wood siding is beautiful, but it requires a lot of maintenance, unless you have cedar shakes or other types like oak shingles.  These kinds of material don’t need to be re-painted as often because they’re naturally resistant against moisture damage from rainwater rooting them out.  Otherwise, consider painting your entire house every five years depending on how bad things get!

You should also make sure there aren’t any holes where bugs can chew through (termites love eating away at these).  Watch for signs such as termite polish around edges, which might mean somewhere among your sidings may be infested be nearby colonies.

Is there anything that seems amiss with what’s been doing yearly checks? Call an experienced professional right away.  Moreover, if you’re unsure which type of siding is best for your home, contact a professional contractor or Mighty Dog Roofing for advice. They can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option and choose the siding that’s right for you. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).