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4 of the Top Siding Materials: Pros and Cons

 

One of the most important decisions you will ever make when it comes to the exterior of your home is what type of siding to install. You may need to make this choice immediately if you are having a new house constructed, or you may find that you will not need to worry about it for quite some time after purchasing a home. However, at some point in your lifetime, you are going to need to know a few things about siding.

Here are the pros and cons of the top 4 siding materials:

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the most popular choice when it comes to siding materials, which shouldn’t be a surprise since it is available in more than three hundred and fifty colors.

  • Pros: Vinyl siding is quite inexpensive, especially in comparison to other siding materials, plus it is easy to install. All the color options can create a unique look for your home and those colors will stay beautiful for a very long time.
  • Cons: The downside to vinyl siding is that it isn’t very durable. It can crack and dent, due to the weather or something hitting it. Any cracks will allow water to enter the siding and that can lead to the growth of mold.

Brick Siding

Bricks have been used for constructing buildings for a long time, much longer than any other siding material. This type of siding is available in many different varieties, including fake brick, brick veneer, decorative brick, and real bricks.

  • Pros: A brick veneer does not cost as much as real bricks, and you won’t need to worry about the insulation factor being any less. This type of siding lasts a long time, is quite durable, and never needs to be stained or painted. The best part about brick siding is that it will help protect your home from a fire.
  • Cons: No matter which brick siding you choose, you will find that rain can damage it easily. Mold and other bacteria can also grow on bricks, so you will need to maintain it carefully.

Stucco Siding

Stucco siding is made from cement, lime, and silica and once those materials are mixed together, they are applied over wood or metal.

  • Pros: Stucco can help insulate your home, which means that your home will be warmer during the winter months and cooler during the summer. Stucco will also help reduce the noise from the outside from being heard. This siding material is resistant to bacteria, mold, and fire as well.
  • Cons: Stucco is one of the most expensive siding materials, due to the costs of the materials and the labor. The other downside with stucco is that it is not as water resistant as other siding materials.

Stone Siding

This siding is made from stone and it makes any home look luxurious.

  • Pros: Stone siding is the most durable siding option available and it will never crack, peel, or fade. The best thing about stone siding is that there is very little maintenance needed and it is easy to clean.
  • Cons: This type of siding is very labor intensive, and it always takes longer to install. The actual stones can be expensive as well, which means using this material can be very costly.

You will need to decide which siding option will look best on your home and is within your budget, but we recommend that you make sure that you choose one that you will be able to maintain for many years to come as well. After all, there is no point in installing vinyl siding if you are not going to clean it or brick siding if you are going to let those cracks that form get larger over time.