Siding is one of the most important aspects of a home. Siding replacement is one of the top home improvement jobs that can change your house’s overall look and feel along with its resale value. There are many different types of siding available, each with pros and cons. If you are looking to replace your siding or install a new material to your home’s exterior, then you will be excited to know that there are a plethora of options available.
To save you some time, our expert siding installers at Miller Roofing & Renovations have created a guide to highlight the best types of siding materials in America.
Best Types Of Siding For Homes
Here are some of the best siding options to improve the exterior of your home:
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular types of siding for homes. The reason that vinyl is still the first choice for a lot of homeowners since it’s a durable, and low-maintenance siding option. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of styles and colors. The choice of colors is endless and newer options are available every year.
Vinyl also costs less than other types of siding. However, strong weather conditions can cause the siding to crack or buckle. You must also clean your siding regularly to avoid dust and mold growth.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to protect your home from the elements without sacrificing quality or curb appeal, vinyl siding may be a good choice.
You can also consider insulated vinyl siding options if you want a vinyl siding that offers better insulation. This siding is heavier and comes with more material.
- Cost Of Vinyl Siding: $2.50 to $5.50
- Best Suited For: All types of homes, and even apartments.
- Our Rating: 8.5
Metal siding options are growing in popularity on the market. Just like metal roofing systems, metal siding can offer great value. They may be more costly upfront, but they also offer high durability and can last longer than some other siding types. Metal siding is resistant to mold, mildew, and fire. They also offer great resistance to pests, so you do not have to worry about termites eating through your siding.
Aluminum, one of the oldest metals used for siding, remains the most popular, followed by steel siding. Aluminum siding is lightweight, durable, and easy to install. It’s also one of the most affordable options for metals. You can expect your aluminum siding to last for more than 40 years. You can also recycle this material at the end of its lifespan, as it will cause less harm to the environment.
- Cost Of Metal Siding: $2-$8
- Best Suited For : Areas that have a hot climate and modern-styled homes.
- Our Rating: 9
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is a relatively recent addition to the home improvement industry, especially when you compare it with aluminum or vinyl. But in a short period, fiber cement siding has seen tremendous growth in popularity.
Fiber cement siding is a composite material made of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. It can cover a home’s exterior and last for decades if properly installed (this siding can last for more than 50 years). The siding comes in different colors and finishes that are sure to match the color scheme you desire. The material is also weather and pest-resistant, and will also not rot or fade with time.
Fiber cement siding is also one of the most profitable investments, per the 2022 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling, with a return on investment of 68.3% on replacement.
James Hardie Sidings are one of the most popular fiber cement siding manufacturers offering vertical, plank, and architectural siding.
- Average Cost of Fiber Cement Siding: $3-$13
- Best Suited For: Most areas, especially storm and rain-prone locations due to their high durability.
- Our Rating: 9.5
If you are looking to install siding that can give your home a classic look with sufficient durability, you should consider wood siding. Clapboard wood siding is one of the highest-selling siding products on the market.
Natural wood siding is known for its appearance and can take your home’s curb appeal up a notch, but with this siding, you need to be highly proactive since wood needs continuous upkeep to retain its look and durability.
In the past few years, a new and effective alternative to natural wood has been introduced called engineered wood. This is a type of synthetic wood that is made from leftover wood chips and resins that are compressed, and offer good durability. An engineered wood siding is water and pest resistant and requires less maintenance.
- Average Cost of Wood Siding: $6-$12
- Average Cost of Engineered Wood: $4-$8
- Best Suited For: Classic, traditional-style homes.
- Our Rating: Wood Siding: 8 Engineered: 9
Natural stone siding is the most durable and timeless option for your exterior. It’s not just beautiful, it’s also more energy efficient than traditional siding material, and can last longer.
According to experts, you can expect this siding to last for more than 100 years.
With natural stone siding, you can create a look as unique as your home, since each of the stone’s natural colors complements other materials like concrete and wood. The durability of natural stone will also stand the test of time and harsh weather conditions.
However, the cost of buying and installing this siding is a major downside for most homeowners. They’re expensive since the stones are derived straight from nature, and their weight makes them harder for contractors to install.
- Average Cost of Stone Siding: $25-$46
- Best Suited For : If you have a sizeable budget and are looking for a one-time siding replacement.
- Our Rating: 9
Faux Stone Siding
Natural stone siding has all the characteristics to make it the best siding on the market, but it comes at a very high price. To combat the problem of cost, faux stone siding was introduced. Also known as stone veneer, this siding looks almost the same as natural stone siding but is much more affordable than its counterpart. Though this siding gives you the same look as natural stone, the lower cost means less durability.
Unlike natural stone, stone veneer is a man-made material that the manufacturers create using a combination of portland cement and limestone additives, and comes in the form of sheets. Faux stone siding is much easier to handle and install than natural stone as it is very light.
- Average Cost of Stone Siding: $6-$12
- Best Suited For: If you want the look of stone on a budget.
- Our Rating: 9
Stucco is a type of exterior wall siding. It’s made from portland cement, sand, and water. It’s durable and can add character to your home. Stucco siding is very common among homeowners, especially people living in Southwestern parts of the county. According to a survey conducted by Eye on Housing, stucco siding was the most common siding material used in 2021, with a vote of 28%.
Stucco may be your best choice in siding material if you’re looking for something that adds value to your home without being too flashy.
- Average Cost of Stucco Siding: $5-$10
- Best Suited For: Drier weather conditions
- Our Rating: 9
Brick is one of the most popular types of siding, and rightfully so. It’s durable, classic, and versatile. Brick is a good choice for coastal homes because it holds up in harsh weather conditions. Also, brick has natural insulation capabilities and can help to maintain the internal temperature of the home.
Brick siding is not limited to its traditional red color. It now comes in many colors and styles that allow you to customize your home’s exterior to suit your particular tastes or needs. Whether you have a modern or a traditional home, brick siding will suit your property.
- Average Cost of Brick Siding: $5-$16
- Best Suited For: Colder weather, or areas prone to storms.
- Our Rating: 9
Composite siding is a type of exterior material made from several layers. You can install this type of siding on a variety of home styles. As there is more than one material involved, composite siding is one of the most durable sidings available on the market. It’s resistant to rot, and insect infestation and is low maintenance. You won’t have to worry about painting or staining composite siding either to keep it looking great.
As you can see, many different types of siding are available on the market today. It’s important to consider all these options so that you can make the best choice for your home and your budget.
The type of siding that’s right for your home depends on many factors. If you are still confused and have questions about which type of siding would best suit your needs, we encourage you to contact the team at Miller Roofing and Renovations. We would be happy to help!
We Can Help You Install Your Siding
No matter the siding material you choose to install on your home, you will need a professional to get the job done. Experience is key, and if the siding is not installed properly, then you may be left with problems that need to be repaired later on.
If you want to avoid this situation, and want a professional siding contractor, contact the Miller Roofing and Renovations team. We install high-quality James Hardie siding that is available in a variety of styles and colors. We have years of experience and take pride in the work we’ve done in Collierville and the surrounding areas of Tennessee. Contact us today at (901) 457-9405.