The exterior of your home is the most visible and distinctive part of its appearance. As you plan the construction of a new house or renovation of your current home, you will find there are many different options for siding. As you choose home siding materials, look at their advantages and disadvantages.

Brick is a Durable Home Siding Material

Brick is a great choice for many homeowners because of its durability and aesthetic appeal. It stays cleaner than other materials and can withstand the impacts of everything from hail to strong winds.

There are also downsides with brick. Brick is a more expensive option, and it is difficult to match if the home ever gets an addition.

Wood Siding: Classic Beauty

For hundreds of years, wood has been a common material for home siding. Wood takes paint well, or it can be stained and sealed. It is easier to replace damaged pieces of wood siding than some other materials. Wood is cheaper and more versatile than brick.

Wood isn’t the best option for durability, because it is susceptible to rot and termites. It must also be repainted or stained frequently, and eventually, it will need to be replaced completely.

Aluminum Options

Aluminum siding was designed to replace high-maintenance wood siding and provide a durable exterior for homes. It is insect and rot resistant and can be painted. The problem with aluminum siding is that it can be dented and punctured, requiring inconvenient repairs.

Vinyl is Popular for Home Siding Materials

Vinyl siding was developed as another alternative to wood siding. Depending on the style of vinyl siding, the cost is usually less that wood and similar to aluminum. The disadvantages of vinyl are that it doesn’t take paint as well, leaving you committed to the original color for as long as you keep the siding. If installed during cool weather, it can expand over the following summer and may warp.

Fiber-Cement Siding Options

A newer option on the market is fiber-cement board. This material looks similar to other types of home siding materials, but it is made of cement reinforced with recycled wood fibers. It has a long lifespan, and fiber-cement easily accepts paint.

The downsides of fiber-cement include it is more expensive than many other options. It also is very rigid, making installation difficult for the average homeowners. You’ll want to hire professionals to install this type of siding.

Before investing in home siding materials, do your research and choose one that strikes a balance between your budget, your tastes, and the style of your home.

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