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Whether you’re building a new home or updating an existing one, you have lots of options when it comes to siding. 

Choosing a quality material impacts many things including energy efficiency, curb appeal and, ultimately, the value of your property. Some criteria to consider are ease of installation, durability and appearance. 

But which one is best for your project? To help you decide, we’ve put together a summary of several common exterior siding materials.

Vinyl Siding

The most popular choice in America, vinyl siding is well-known for its versatility and affordable cost compared to other materials. 

Choose long panels for a beautiful, seamless look similar to wood, and include foam backing for added insulation. Vinyl doesn’t warp or twist, resists insects and stands up to moisture. No painting is required, and maintenance is a cinch. 

 

Stone and Manufactured Stone Veneer

Natural stone is well-known for its beauty and durability. It’s fairly easy to clean, resists moisture and UV rays, and doesn’t peel or fade. 

However, it isn’t necessarily eco-friendly, as it is a finite resource and usually must be transported long distances. It’s one of the more expensive siding materials and is also very heavy, which often translates into higher labor costs. 

A quality stone veneer gives you the authentic look of natural stone for a lower cost. It’s lightweight, durable, easy to care for and resists mold, mildew and moisture. 

 

Wood and Engineered Wood Siding

Wood siding has a traditional charm and comes in a variety of styles like clapboard, shakes or shingles. It can last for decades if properly maintained. Unfortunately, it’s also susceptible to insects, rot and fire. 

Engineered wood, also known as composite wood, is a beautiful and popular alternative. It’s made from wood chips or strands bound together by a resin. It comes from sustainably-managed forests, making it an eco-friendly alternative to clear-cutting. 

Engineered wood panels are lighter weight, easier to install and more affordable than natural wood. They are also specially treated to resist termites, rot and moisture damage. You can choose pre-primed, ready-to-paint or pre-finished options. 

 

Fiber Cement Siding

This innovative material is made from a mixture of Portland cement, cellulose, sand and other ingredients. 

It can be customized to mimic the look of masonry, wood or stucco. Fiber cement boards come in a variety of patterns and can be cut into the same proportions as wood siding.

Fiber cement is durable, affordable, non-flammable and insect resistant. It doesn’t rot and stands up to harsh weather. While it is easy to care for, it should be refinished periodically. 

 

Brick

Made from fired clay, brick has a classic look that stands the test of time and works with a variety of architectural styles. It is available in a range of sizes, colors and textures.

However, it is also heavy and can be expensive. For those desiring the look of brick without these disadvantages, a brick veneer can be installed to the outside of a wooden frame. A membrane placed between the brick veneer and the wood protects against moisture damage. 

 

Stucco

Often seen on Mediterranean, ranch and Spanish-style homes, stucco is made from sand, Portland cement, water and lime. 

It’s highly durable when properly maintained, and a waterproof barrier keeps moisture from seeping from the stucco exterior to the wood frame underneath. Careful installation by qualified technicians is required to avoid cracks. 

Mid-City Lumber carries a wide selection of quality siding materials from reputable manufacturers. Our professional contractors and design experts will listen to your needs and help you choose the best option for your project.

 

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