What is the Best Exterior Siding for a House

A House with Brownish Clapboard Siding

Find Out What the Best Exterior Siding is for Your Home.

One of the best ways to increase the value of your home, as well as add more curb appeal is to install exterior siding and trim. Not only will it add more visual appeal and value, but it will also look like you have a completely new home. While exterior siding has a ton of benefits, many people who want to invest in this type of project always ask, “How much does it cost to put new siding on a house?” The answer is going to depend on the type of siding you choose for your home. Vinyl is going to cost somewhere between $3 to $7 per square foot in the low range, whereas wood can cost anywhere from $4 to $15 per square foot. Although the cost of exterior siding is important, its also important to ask “What materials are best used for exterior siding?” There are so many types of siding to consider, so when looking at siding for your home, you should consider these things

  • How much is the material of the exterior siding going to cost?
  • How much is it going to cost to install the siding material?
  • What kind of warranties are you going to get with different types of siding?
  • What type of designs do they offer for various siding materials?
  • How long-lasting and durable is a particular siding material going to be?

Knowing those things, the best exterior siding choices for your home are going to be metal, fiber cement, wood, engineered wood, vinyl, stucco, stone, and brick. Each of these siding materials is great, but the ones that are chosen more often than not are vinyl and siding. This is due to the fact that they are both aesthetically pleasing, are energy-efficient, and durable, but when you are deciding between the two of them, you will need to decide which one is going to be better for your specific needs and home.

Is Vinyl Siding Better Than Wood?

A Close Up of a House with Siding Shown from Ground Level

Which is Better? Wood or Vinyl Exterior Siding?

A lot of homeowners who are looking for new exterior siding will want to know which is better, vinyl or wood siding. Residential property owners will really need to ask them the above questions, as well as “What type of siding lasts the longest?” to determine which one will fit their requirements. Before they can answer those questions, they will need to know a little bit about those two types of siding.

Vinyl is one of the oldest types of siding around, with it being around since the 1950s. The things that homeowners love about vinyl exterior siding is because it is low-maintenance, durable, comes in a wide range of colors and textures, can imitate different types of siding materials, comes in different thickness options, and is the most cost-effective siding option. In regards to the drawbacks of vinyl siding, if the vinyl isn’t thick enough, it can form damages like cracks and dents. It’s also important to point out that because it’s cheaper, the quality might not be as great as other options. You might also want to consider getting a better home heating system, because if you don’t buy the pre-insulated vinyl, then you won’t have the greatest energy efficiency.

When it comes to wood exterior siding, it is one of the most beautiful siding options on the market. There are many types of wood to choose from like cedar and redwood. Because of its natural wood, it is also very energy efficient, as well as being visually stunning. Another thing that is important is that it is easy to install, so it won’t take any time to have this type of siding on your home. What homeowners don’t tend to like about wood siding is that it’s going to have to be maintained pretty often to reduce mold and wood rot, it is more expensive, and it will need to be repainted and stained every couple of years to ensure that it is in good condition.

After knowing about both types of siding, people generally tend to go for vinyl. While one of the cons for vinyl was that it can be low quality, this can be helped by investing in thicker vinyl. The question of, “Is thicker vinyl siding better?” is important to know and the answer is yes because it will be able to withstand more impacts. When people choose vinyl siding, they will always want to know, “What is the best brand of vinyl siding? CertainTeed, Alside, and Royal Building Products are the manufacturers who are going to produce the best vinyl exterior siding.

If you are looking for exterior house siding designs that are going to look good in terms of color, durability, longevity, and price, vinyl siding is a great choice. To find out more about this type of exterior siding for your Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, MO home, please call Thompson Roofing & Reconstruction. One of our roofing contractors will be able to help you decide if you need insulated vinyl siding, as well as how thick the vinyl siding should be. You can reach us at our office by dialing (573) 789-8367.