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
- Large variety of colors and
Vinyl Siding -
- 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
- Easy to clean
Never needs painting
- Available in horizontal
and vertical panels
- Large selection of
- Large selection of textures
Aluminum Siding -
- Color can
- Can be dented
“date” the look of a property
Stucco Siding –
- Available in a
multitude of colors
- Available in a multitude
- Resistant to fire, rot and
- Long lasting
be patched when needed
Stucco Siding –
“type” of stucco siding you buy is especially
important. Synthetic stucco is not as resilient as natural
- 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
- Due to its porous nature, stucco is
prone to staining.
Fiber-Cement Siding - Pros
- Looks and feels like real wood or
- 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
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
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