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Home Exteriors

Pros and Cons of Side Materials

Few words sound more attractive to a homeowner than, "You'll never have to paint again." And therein lies the beauty of siding. With so many options available, how do you know which is best for you? Like everything else, each type of home siding has its own pros and cons.

Vinyl Siding - Pros

  • Never needs to be painted
  • Has a long life
  • Easy to clean
  • Large variety of colors and styles

Vinyl Siding - Cons

  • Can be damaged by extreme weather
  • You cannot paint or otherwise change the color of vinyl siding.
  • Susceptible to direct heat. Barbecue grills, lamps, and other sources of heat must be situated a safe distance away.
  • Moisture can be trapped under vinyl siding, leaving it vulnerable to mold and mildew.

Aluminum Siding - Pros

  • Provides more insulation than vinyl siding
  • Easy to clean
  • Never needs painting
  • Available in horizontal and vertical panels
  • Large selection of colors
  • Large selection of textures

Aluminum Siding - Cons

  • Color can fade
  • Can be dented
  • Can “date” the look of a property

Stucco Siding – Pros

  • Available in a multitude of colors
  • Available in a multitude of textures
  • Resistant to fire, rot and weather
  • Long lasting
  • Can be patched when needed

Stucco Siding – Cons

  • The “type” of stucco siding you buy is especially important. Synthetic stucco is not as resilient as natural stucco.
  • Because of its relatively soft nature, stucco is easier to damage than some other sidings. A child's toy can knock a hole it in or a woodpecker can chip away at its surface.
  • Due to its porous nature, stucco is prone to staining.

Fiber-Cement Siding - Pros

  • Looks and feels like real wood or stone
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Available in a wide selection of colors and textures
  • Can order it pre-painted or -- if you'd like to choose your own color -- ready-to-paint

Fiber-Cement - Cons

  • Unlike other types of siding, fiber-cement must be repainted every 10 to 15 years.
  • Painting fiber-cement is difficult and can be expensive.
  • Installation is typically not a do-it-yourself-job.

No matter what kind of siding you opt for, you can assure yourself of two things: you are increasing the curb appeal of your home as well as its property value.

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