What are the Best Siding Options for the Average Homeowner?

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Answered by: Linda, An Expert in the Exterior and Framework Category
There are many siding options today for the average homeowner that’s right for every budget. When choosing the siding for your home, the bottom line prices are not the only factor to consider. Other factors include the cost of maintenance as well as the cost to repair. Whether you are upgrading or installing for a new home, this article discusses the best siding options that are available.

Vinyl Siding Options

Vinyl siding is the most popular choice for homeowners and contractors today. They are marketed as being budget-friendly, as well as easy to install and maintain. While it has proven to be one of the best siding options available, the downside to vinyl siding is that the color fades over time. Read manufacturer’s instructions regarding repainting because paint will not stay on some types of vinyl siding. Vinyl siding can also become hard and brittle, and over time, chip off. There are some concerns regarding vinyl siding for its eco-friendliness because it is not bio-degradable.

Wood-Type Siding Options

There are other types of siding that are natural, such as hardiwood, cypress, clapboard, wood shingles and plywood siding. They are quite light on the pocketbook, however they need a fair amount of consistent maintenance. Every few years, these types of siding need to be re-sealed and re-painted.

High-End Siding Options

Fiber cement and stucco are more costly to purchase and to install. They are strong compounds that withstand stormy weather and give the home a very high-end, clean look. However, these sidings can develop cracks over time. Slate shingle siding is another high-end siding option for the home. They are tile-like sidings that are very long-lasting, in that, no color fades or other changes occur over time. However, they are also very delicate and will break if an object such as a ball, rock or tree branches crash into the house. Stone and brick sidings, like other expensive sidings, raise the exterior value of the home and are very strong and long-lasting; however, once a repair is needed, very expensive and costly to repair.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is cheaper and easier to maintain. However, this type of siding is not a very popular choice for most homeowners. They can easily be dented by anything such as a passing dog or a ball. Scratches also become very visible on its shiny metallic surface and will require constant maintenance if homeowner wishes to have a clean looking exterior.

Cost Comparisons

Please see below for a general listing of the different types of siding and its costs to purchase per square foot. These prices might vary depending on your location and the specific type of siding you choose.

     Vinyl siding : $2 to $3 per square foot.

     Fiber cement siding : $3 to $5 per square foot.

     Hardwood siding : $3.50 to $6.50 per square foot.

     Plywood siding : $2 to $4.50 per square foot.

     Cypress siding : $2 per linear foot (for a panel that is about 1 x 6 inches long).

     Clapboard siding : $2.05 per square foot (measures about 6 x ½ inches and with one side planed smooth).

     Wood shingle siding : $5 to $7.50 per square foot.

     Slate shingles : $5 per square foot.

     Aluminum siding : $3 to $5 per square foot.

     Brick and stone veneer siding : $11 to $15 per square foot.

     Brick siding : $6 to $12 per square foot.

     Stone siding : $15 to $30 per square foot.

     Stucco siding : $4 to $9 per square foot.

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