Siding is one the most important aspects on commercial and residential buildings. It can make the difference of a nice finished product and also serves to protect the building structure. Wood, cement, vinyl and brick are the most used types of siding but there are plenty of alternatives that could be used and we have listed here some of the most common types of siding in the market.
When you choose vinyl siding as your cladding alternative, you are selecting a nice product. Vinyl siding lowers your maintenance costs and increases energy efficiency. Some appraisals even agree that your home could have greater value when you have vinyl siding installed. It could be combined using various colors and patterns. It is one of the most durable and long lasting siding materials.
Hardwood siding is probably the most common type of siding used. As opposed to other siding materials, hardwood siding is available in several patterns, styles, widths, and models which are relatively easy to install. Wood siding installation must be done carefully to ensure that each piece overlaps the other pieces correctly. Probably is the least expensive siding material between the favorite ones and it can also be painted, although painted wood siding could deteriorate as sun, rain and ice take their toll on these painted surfaces.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber Cement siding has been available for decades but now is becoming one of the preferred siding materials lately. Fiber Cement board siding is widely used in coastal regions or in areas where the humidity levels are high. This type of siding is durable and like wood siding can also be painted to match any architectural combination. Fiber Cement siding is regularly more expensive than most siding materials, and its installation cost is higher because of its handling challenges.
Aluminum siding is one of the preferred siding materials for newer homes. This type of siding offers better insulation than others and it is fireproof and waterproof. Although really easy to install because of its lightweight, it can also be dented easily. Another problem with aluminum siding is that it might get scratched and these scratches will show more in aluminum than in other materials. Aluminum siding can be painted too, and could look like different materials. Aluminum siding could show cracks and scratches. This type of siding could last, with the right maintenance, over 30 years; however, it cost more than other siding material. Aluminum siding could also offer superior insulation properties.
Brick siding systems are easy to install and will provide great aesthetical surface that will add value to your home. Due to its low maintenance cost, brick siding is preferred over other materials and could withstand temperature changes and harsh weather conditions. It is probably the best fire proofing material, among the different types of siding materials, and its sound proofing characteristics are superior too. However, one if its main disadvantages are that could be really difficult to repair when it has been damaged.
Stucco siding is preferred for its durability among other characteristics. It can be used normally over Spanish or Mediterranean style homes, where it is applied directly over brick and concrete. It could also be applied over wood or gypsum, but will require a metal lath so it can be properly glued. One of its major problems is that it needs to be maintained and painted to remove mold and mildew that appears over humid locations. Stucco siding has an average warranty life of 15 years. The process needed to apply stucco siding will increase its cost when compared to other siding materials; however, it's a very quick process that can one day or two.
- Article credited to thebalance.com