Are you thinking about giving your home a facelift, or maybe sprucing up the outside of a shed or playhouse? Adding siding can be a great DIY method of completely reinvigorating the look of your home so it’s fresh and vibrant. Siding adds color, can help with energy efficiency, and instantly improves the value of your property. In this article, we’ll look at the most common types of siding available on the market today.
Vinyl is a very popular siding option because it is on the cheaper end of the cost spectrum, requires little maintenance, and comes in a huge array of colors and styles.
● Cost: Vinyl siding costs on average $1–$8 per square foot.
● Styles: You can find almost any style or color you want in vinyl. It comes in patterns of brick, stone, plank, and more in virtually any color. You can install it horizontally or vertically. You can also buy insulated siding to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Insulated siding has a backing of rigid foam that reduces the transfer of heat in and out of the house. The foam also makes the siding more resistant to warping.
● Maintenance: Vinyl material is colored all the way through, so it won’t fade. You will probably want to clean it every couple of years as dirt and mildew can build up, especially in humid climates. It may also warp in extreme conditions, though this is usually easy enough to fix by replacing the affected strips of siding.
● Installation: You can install vinyl siding over existing siding, provided the siding already in place is still securely fastened onto the house.
Wood is a timeless and traditional option that gives your home a natural look. It also requires some maintenance, however, and is prone to damage.
● Cost: Wood siding costs on average $3–$12 per square foot.
● Styles: The most common types of hardwood siding include cedar, pine, spruce, and redwood; these are also the more expensive types. You can also purchase T1-11, which is plywood treated to look like hardwood and is on the less expensive end of the spectrum. Planks come in a variety of colors and can be stained or painted as you like.
● Maintenance: Wood siding needs to be finished to protect the wood from water and insects; it’s a good idea to refinish it every couple of years to maintain this barrier. The wood can rot if not cared for properly, so you’ll need to inspect it every year and replace any warped or rotting boards to prevent future problems.
● Installation: You’ll have to remove any old siding before installing wood.
Cement fiberboard is another popular option because it’s made from recyclable materials and resembles the look of wood but doesn’t have the same maintenance requirements.
● Cost: Cement fiberboard siding costs on average $5–$12 per square foot.
● Styles: Cement fiberboard comes in many styles, colors, and textures. It is often used to achieve the look of wood without the maintenance.
● Maintenance: Cement fiberboard comes primed and finished and requires virtually no maintenance after installation.
● Installation: Cement fiberboard can’t be installed over existing siding.
These are all viable siding options for any homeowner looking to improve the look and resale value of a home – it’s just a matter of what kind of look you want and how much you want to spend!
We’d love to hear from you. What siding option did you choose for your home? Let us know in the comments!