Which types of siding should you choose? The answer to that question has a few different variables that need addressing. Before you can answer this question, you need to understand the options you have and their characteristics. In this article, we will review five types of siding:
Vinyl is a trendy choice. It is cost effective. You will typically spend 5$ per square foot. It is easy to clean and maintain. Every other year, you will need to power wash the siding to keep its shine. It is easy to repair and replace on your own. It typically lasts 20 to 40 years. Each sheet of siding is 12 feet long, and it can cover existing siding. Each piece will need to overlap the next section, so you cannot avoid seams.
Wood siding is the most rustic option. It allows for more customization. It can be shingle style, clapboard style, or it can be set up as long horizontal pieces. It does require more consistent maintenance to keep it looking nice. You will want to re-apply stain every two years if using a clear stain, every three years if using a semi-transparent stain, and every five years if using paint. This option costs more and requires more maintenance.
Brick siding is a classic option that can last for many years looking like new. Repairs can be costly and will be needed when damaged to avoid deterioration.
Fiber Cement siding is a great durable option if you can afford it. It is made up of wood pulp, cement, clay, and sand. It requires minimal maintenance and can be made to look like wood siding. It has a strong resistance to expanding and contracting when humidity and temperature change. The material is weighty, and the installation requires special tools and technique. It can last from 30 to 50 years.
Stucco siding is extremely durable and can last a lifetime. It requires minimal maintenance. It is the more expensive option and needs extensive prep work.
Now that you know the facts about the types of siding, you should be better equipped to determine which kind would work best for your residential or commercial siding project. Have more questions? Learn more about our siding services we offer in Bloomington, IN, Monroe County, and the surrounding region. And, as always, reach out to us if you have more questions or need assistance.