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Your House’s Exterior Siding Options

Nothing has a greater impact on the look of your house than the outside siding you select. Look for siding panels and materials that complement the architectural style of your home and your lifestyle while you browse. Your choice may also alter the appearance of a whole neighbourhood.

The following are the most common exterior siding materials.

Stucco Siding

Traditional stucco is made of cement mixed with water and inert elements like sand and lime. Many houses constructed after the 1950s are made of synthetic materials that look like stucco. Some synthetic stuccos have caused issues. A high-quality synthetic stucco, on the other hand, will last. If you colour the stucco, you may never need to paint it.

Stone Veneer Siding

Stone is the most enduring of all construction materials, as shown by ancient structures and temples. Granite, limestone, slate, and other kinds of stone are aesthetically pleasing and virtually weatherproof. Regrettably, they are also prohibitively costly. Precast stone veneers and facings are less expensive. Some stone veneers seem to be natural, while others appear to be artificial.

Cement Fiber Siding

Fibre cement siding may be made to seem like wood, stucco, or masonry. Cement fibre is an excellent choice if you want the appearance of real wood but with less maintenance. Fibre cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and has a fifty-year guarantee.

Wood Clapboard Siding

Even though modern technology has created numerous synthetic wood-look materials, real wood (often cedar, pine, spruce, redwood, cypress, or Douglas fir) remains a popular option for better houses. Wood siding will outlive vinyl and other imposters if properly maintained regularly. Wood clapboards, like cedar shingle siding, may be stained rather than painted. Many wood-frame homes that were constructed decades ago still appear stunning today.

Brick and Brick Veneer Siding

Brick is made of baked clay and comes in a broad range of earthy, eye-catching hues. Although costly, brick building is ideal since it can endure centuries and will likely not need any patching or repairs for the first twenty-five years. Older brick houses may have stucco siding, which should preserve for historical authenticity. Quality brick veneers are also appealing and long-lasting, but not as long as a full brick.

Cedar Shingle Siding

Homes with cedar shingles (commonly known as “shakes”) complement forested settings nicely. The shingles are typically constructed of natural cedar with stained browns, grays, or other earthy shades. Shakes look really like real wood, but require less attention than wood clapboards. By applying stain instead of coating, you may minimize peeling.

Engineered Wood Siding

Exterior siding woodEngineered wood, often known as composite wood, is constructed from wood and additional elements. Engineered wood products include oriented strand board (OSB), hardboard, and veneered plywood. Engineered wood is often available in panels that are simple and cheap to install. The panels may be shaped to resemble conventional clapboards. Engineered wood does not appear precisely like genuine wood since the textured grain is consistent. Nonetheless, the look is more natural than that of vinyl or metal.

Seamless Steel

Seamless steel siding is very robust and resists shrinking and bulging in response to temperature changes. The siding is custom-made to suit the precise dimensions of your home. Steel siding with a wood-look texture is available.


Board and batten, also known as board-and-batten siding, is a kind of vertical siding that is often used to give a structure, such as a church, the appearance of being taller than it is.

Vinyl Siding

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) material is used to make vinyl. It will not decay or flake like wood or cedar, but it will melt. Vinyl siding is often less costly to buy and install than most other siding materials. However, there are certain disadvantages. Over time, vinyl may crack, fade, or become dingy. Vinyl is particularly divisive due to environmental issues raised throughout the production process. Be wary of your home’s architecture as well—vinyl has been applied incorrectly on finely articulated Victorian houses, concealing architectural detail and handcrafting from a previous period.

If you enjoy the concept of vinyl but don’t like the appearance of vinyl panels, you may have a professional painter apply a liquid PVC coating. The paint-like covering, made of polymers and resins, dries to roughly the thickness of a credit card. In the mid-1980s, liquid PVC became commercially accessible, and reactions have been varied. The consequences of a bad application may be disastrous. Before making a decision, learn about chemistry.

Corrugated Metals

We’re accustomed to seeing corrugated metal roofs, so why not siding? Corrugated steel has a lower-class image in the United States—it has historically been used for prefabricated military buildings and industries; thus, it is classified as an “industrial” construction material. However, it is a highly popular siding in Iceland that can withstand the severe winters in a northern environment.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding may seem outdated, but some builders offer it as an alternative to vinyl siding. Both materials provide insulation, are simple to maintain, and are relatively long-lasting. Aluminum may dent and discolour, but it does not break like vinyl. Furthermore, aluminum is not generally thought to be detrimental to your health or the environment. Although vinyl may be recycled, the production process is considered to be environmentally damaging. Another common option is seamless steel siding. Corrugated iron has historically been used for siding, although it is now more often utilized as a roofing material.