It is an exciting and often times daunting process trying to figure out which type of materials would be best to use on your home improvement or new construction project. The material that you choose to side your home with can determine durability of your walls. House siding was designed to protect the structure of your home from outside elements. In order to help our clients make a more confident and informed decision, we have constructed a detail pros and cons list on the most recognizable types of siding.
Once you have made a decision about the type of siding you want to use, and are ready for aid in installation for your Cincinnati, OH home, call the trusted team of Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection at 513-563-9988.
Types of House Siding
For most homeowner’s the five most popular house siding materials are vinyl, aluminum and steel, stucco, brick and stone, and genuine wood. Below, we have gone through the most important aspects that homeowner’s should consider when trying to pick the best type of siding to fit their needs.
When it comes to cost, vinyl is typically one of the cheaper options on the market. This is due to the high demand of the material, which keeps it accessible. Also, due to the popularity of vinyl siding, most home improvement specialists know how to install it, meaning that the labor costs are a lot cheaper. The average cost per square foot could be anywhere from $4.15-8.50.
Aluminum and Steel
Aluminum siding used to be one of the more popular siding options on the market, but with the introduction of vinyl, aluminum siding fell out of popularity. This is partially due to its high cost when it comes to installation. A recent increase in popularity has helped bring the cost of aluminum and steel house siding to about $5.20-10.65 per square foot.
Stucco is a classic siding that is generally made from cement, sand, and limestone which is then plastered onto a metal lathe system. New innovations on stucco siding has made stucco hardier. Homeowner’s now have the option of stucco house siding made of polymer and acrylics, which decreases the likelihood of trapped moisture. Despite this, stucco siding is still one of the more costly materials to get installed, and even after installation, the material is a bit high-maintenance. The cost of installation ranges between $7.90-12.50 per square foot.
Brick and Stone
As one of the hardiest materials in this grouping, brick and stone offer any home a sophisticated and polished look. Considered a premium option among the home improvement business, it does come with a hefty price-tag. On the other hand, the durability of brick and stone far outmatches any other siding material. Cost of installation fluctuates between $14.65-26.00.
The cost of genuine wood house siding all depends on the quality and type of wood you are deciding to install on your home. This is a popular siding for those who can afford the price and time commitment of upkeep. The cost of installation is anywhere from $4.00-14.00 per square foot.
Another reason vinyl siding is so popular as an option among homeowner’s, besides its cost-efficiency, is the fact that it is durable and boasts a long lifespan. Vinyl is water repellent, wind resistant, and has a life-span of 15-25 years. Vinyl siding has the potential of reaching up to 30 years with proper care and maintenance.
Vinyl siding usually comes pre-painted with a reflective coat, as fading and sun damage are a common problem. Another thing you have to be aware of, is despite the durability vinyl has against the elements, common accidents, like a baseball hitting the side of the house, can cause denting in the material.
Aluminum and Steel
Aluminum and Steel siding are one of the toughest materials in the trade. They are resistant to warping, cracking, and chipping, which can be problematic for other materials on this list. You will not have to worry about pests, such as termites or animals making a home out of your siding, as aluminum and steel siding is not a favorable home for them, and as such, acts a natural deterrent. The natural lifespan of Aluminum and Steel siding is about 30-50 years, depending on maintenance.
Just as vinyl siding has a weakness to denting, so does Aluminum and Steel siding. Hail storms are a common source of denting. If you live in an area where you seem storms often, this siding is probably not the best option for you.
Stucco siding is one of the oldest materials on the list and there is a good reason why it has stuck around for so long. Stucco is highly resistant to impact damage, wind damage, insects, and fire damage. It’s natural lifespan can easily last more than 50 years, making this a favorite for homeowner’s trying to make the most out of their investment.
This being said, you usually see stucco siding in dryer climates. This is due to stucco’s weakness to moisture, as it can easily damage the material and cause it to chip and warp. If you are looking into stucco siding but live in an area that is usually pretty wet, then this would not be a very good option for you.
Brick and Stone
As mentioned earlier, brick and stone siding are one of the most durable products on the market. With it, your home will not have to fear damage from storms, whether it be rain, wind, or hail that threatens it. Insects often pass up on brick, decreasing your risk of pests. Also, both brick and stone are fire retardant, meaning that it does not allow fire to spread easily, keeping your home structurally sound and in some cases, even helping to contain the fire. All of these factors easily add up to brick and stone reaching lifespans over 75 years.
The one consideration that needs to be made with brick and stone is about the mortar being used to hold it together. While the brick and stone is weather resistant, the mortar can wear down over time. Though it is not very common, you could run the possibility of needing to replace the mortar around the bricks.
Wood is durable in poor weather conditions such as severe storms, making it a good choice for areas that experience a lot of wind damage. Typically, wood siding will last 50 years or more, depending on maintenance.
They are problematic when it comes to pests, as wood is a natural habitat for termites. Water is also another problem for wood, as moisture can easily seep in and cause the wood to warp or crack. This is why it is so important for homeowner’s, who choose wood, to be ready in investing in regular upkeep of their siding. Painting and varnishing of the wood is extremely important to uphold wood siding’s durability.
Vinyl is easily recyclable and therefore a great option for those who are trying to find a greener material.
Aluminum and Steel
Another highly recyclable material on the list, Aluminum and Steel can easily be melted down and remade into other products, helping it stay out of landfills, and reducing the use of natural resources.
Unfortunately, despite all of the great qualities about stucco house siding, being environmentally friendly is not one of them. It cannot be recycled, which means that when the siding is ready to be replaced, there will be a lot of leftover waste which typically ends up in landfills.
Brick And Stone
brick and stone are also recyclable products, and can be broken down to make other materials.
The best environmentally friendly option on this list is the genuine wood siding, as it is the only biodegradable option while also being able to be used for other projects.
When it comes to figuring out which siding material is best for your home, it all comes down to your specific needs. If you are looking for a low-cost and low maintenance option, than vinyl siding would be your best bet. If you are going for classy and sophisticated, either wood or brick and stone siding would fit your style better. When it comes to an expert team of home improvement specialists to help you install your new siding in Cincinnati, OH then Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection is your best option. Our specialists have been specifically trained with only the best techniques and we offer only the highest of quality of materials in the trade. If you would like an estimate, call us today at 513-563-9988.
Why Is My Vinyl Siding Buckling?
Vinyl siding naturally expands in the heat. If installed incorrectly, the nails holding the siding in place may be limiting the movement of the siding, which can cause it to buckle and warp.
Does Your Team Replace or Repair Damaged Siding?
Of course! We are here for all of your siding repair and replacement needs! Just give us a call at 513-563-9988 for your estimate on siding services in Cincinnati, OH.
Is Vinyl and Wood Siding Able to Be Painted?
Yes! In fact that is another reason why wood and vinyl siding are so popular is because of their versatility. You can paint them to match any look, and if you are looking to keep with the eco friendly nature of both materials, you can also invest in eco paint.