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Siding Options: Things to Consider When it Comes Time to Reside your Home

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Siding options.The exterior of your home is extremely important, both structurally and aesthetically. There are a huge array of siding options – ranging from stucco to wood to brick, and the list goes on. Each type of siding has its benefits and drawbacks. We wanted to break these options down based on their costs – and the long term outcomes of choosing a certain type of siding over another. Below is an analysis of 4 popular siding options to consider:


Vinyl Siding


  • Wide variety of colors and styles available

  • Lightweight but durable

  • Fast installation

  • Can be fitted over old siding

  • 30-50 year lifespan


  • Not exceptionally eco-friendly, made with PVC which does not degrade

  • Seams show where the panels meet

Cost: $2-$6 per square foot (installed)


Metal/Aluminum Siding


  • Comes prefinished with color or wood grain options

  • Dent resistant

  • Insect and Fireproof

  • Low maintenance

  • 50+ year lifespan


  • Dents are permanent

  • Scratches must be touched up professionally

Cost: $3-$5 per square foot (installed)


Fiber Cement/Stucco Siding


  • Strong compound which is made to be durable and weather resistant

  • High-end look

  • Does not require painting

  • 30 year warranty (generally)


  • Can crack and will need to be touched up

  • Special tools needed for installation, more involved in installation process

Cost: $5-$9 per square foot (installed)


Wood Siding


  • Easy to work with and install

  • Appealing to the eye

  • 100+ year lifetime


  • Upkeep is more involved; it can involve repainting every 5 years, restaining every 3 years, and redoing the clear finish every 2 years

  • Requires a clean surface to retrofit; all old siding must be removed

  • Species such as Pine or Fir can rot if not properly maintained

Cost: $6-$9 per square foot (installed)


Choosing the right siding option for your home is a big decision. Once you narrow down your choices, do your research and contact local contractors for estimates. Return on investment varies as well, whether this is important to you at this point or not, knowing how this investment will play out in the future may also influence your decision.


Residing your home is a long-term investment. Doing the appropriate research will help you determine what the best option is for your home. If money is not the bottom line, there are many other factors including region, durability, maintenance, and appearance. These things should all be considered when choosing which type of siding to use on your home. If you are having trouble deciding, get in touch with a trusted contractor whom you feel will give you quality answers to your questions. An informed decision is a good decision. This is your home: invest in it, protect it and enjoy it!


Martin Lenich Martin Lenich (136 Posts)

In addition to owning his own Inspect-It 1st franchise, Martin Lenich is the General Manager of Inspect-It 1st. Mr. Lenich’s expertise spans over 25 years in the inspection, design, and construction industry, branding and marketing, technical and operational management, risk management, technology implementation, as well as training. As a leader of the Inspect-It 1st team, he continuously identifies opportunities to enhance clients' experiences with Inspect-It 1st, and to keep Inspect-It 1st positioned as the industry's Gold Standard in residential and commercial property inspections. Inspect-It 1st inspectors, “provide the right balance of technical detail and business sensitivity to the art and science of property inspection” – Martin Lenich.

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