Types Of Siding

When it comes to getting a new, beautiful siding on your home, there are many options for you to choose from. Sometimes it can be quite daunting deciding what you want if you don’t know all of your options or the benefits of each.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Siding?

Below, we’ve listed the best and most popular types of siding currently on the market for San Antonio. You can click on the title for each to red a more in-depth description of each. This way, you can be certain you’re picking the best siding for your home.

Vinyl Siding

Pros

Vinyl Siding

  • Vinyl siding is strong and is usually under warranty for 30-40 years after installation
  • Vinyl color options are nearly endless. There are hundreds of colors for you to choose from
  • It’s versatile and can be textured much like wood without having to deal with decay or bugs
  • Simple and easy to take care of. It just needs a power hose and some water to wash
  • There are wide ranges of quality for vinyl materials. There’s even insulated vinyl if you live a colder area
  • Insulated vinyl siding has the ability to raise your energy efficiency R value from 2 – 5.5!
  • Finally, vinyl siding is likely the most economical option when upgrading your homes siding

Cons

  • Although it’s water-resistant, it’s not waterproof. Bad installation can cause water to seep behind the paneling leading to mold
  • It’s known to warp and bend under extreme weather conditions such as heat, cold, and wind
  • The color chosen is permanent. Unlike other sidings that can be repainted, your vinyl siding color choice can’t be changed
  • When comparing to something like brick, hail, baseballs, tree limbs, etc. can cause extra damage to the side of your home

Metal Siding

Pros

Metal Siding

  • Metal can’t mold or rot unlike other siding when it comes to water damage
  • Very minimal maintenance in harsh winters unlike other sidings prone to the elements
  • Unlike vinyl, you won’t get any color fade
  • It’s an eco friendly product because each panel is precisely cut with little waste material
  • Fire resistant and good for dry areas or locations with frequent lightning storms
  • Insects can’t break in to metal siding, while other sidings require spraying of insecticides

Cons

  • Metal siding, if not properly sealed and finished, can get rust and discoloration
  • With newer, cooler looking materials, metal has lost its visual appeal and isn’t often used
  • Aluminum is a soft metal and is prone to dents from hail, rocks, and baseballs
  • Siding made of aluminum is more prone to fading and it can be difficult to match other panels
  • Steel siding is heavy and needs more time to install, making it cost more
  • Metal siding is scratched easier which exposes the metal beneath, leading to rust

Wood Siding

Pros

Wood Siding

  • Wood has the advantage of being easily replaced in small quantities if damaged
  • This is the most green and eco-friendly siding you can currently purchase on the market
  • You can stain and paint wood in limitless colors – there’s no creative boundary
  • Wood siding has a significantly higher R-Value than most making it more energy efficient
  • It’s lightweight which results in it being faster and easier to be installed

Cons

  • Can be stained or painted limitless colors, but this also is a drawback as it has to be maintained
  • Wood can be damaged by both bugs and moisture. Termites can cause havoc on a house with wood siding
  • The cost of maintenance adds up as it must be stained every 2-3 years or repainted every 4-5 years
  • It’s more prone to fires which can be an issue in dry climates

Fiber Cement

Pros

Fiber Cement Siding

  • Get the look and feel of real wood without the expensive cost or susceptibility to termites
  • Fiber cement is extremely fire resistant making it great for dry climates
  • Not prone to rot or decay like wood is and it’s resistant to salty air in coastal areas
  • Easy to take care of and is guaranteed up for 15 years straight away to not fade or chip
  • Very flexible in its finish and texture offering many designs and color options

Cons

  • For self installation the material is cumbersome, making it require 2 people and special cutting tools
  • It’s 2-3 times more expensive than vinyl siding, which it’s very similar to
  • Although not as often as wood, it does need to be repainted every 12-15 years
  • Some evidence of delaminating or gapping of the material, although this isn’t common
  • Color doesn’t run all the way through the product like vinyl, so touch ups will be needed for repairs

Brick Siding

Pros

Brick Siding

  • Brick can very easily last a lifetime with just some general upkeep every now and then
  • Brick siding is highly fire resistant making it great for dry environments
  • No termites or wood ants can get into your brick siding to cause damage
  • Brick will never need to be repainted or finished, weathers beautifully, and won’t fade
  • Due to the fact that it’s fire resistant, termite proof, and durable, home insurance is usually cheaper

Cons

  • Brick siding is definitely an expensive option for siding. Prices range from $10-15 per square foot
  • Color choices are set once you decide on the type of brick. It can’t be repainted
  • Overtime the mortar joints can wear down and need to be replaced
  • If you install them yourself, it will take an extremely long time

Stucco Siding

Pros

Stucco Siding

  • It’s durable and is capable of lasting 50–100 years with little maintenance or upkeep
  • Any damage done can be repaired with low, affordable costs as opposed to replacing whole, expensive panels
  • Stucco can be mixed to the specific color you want to give you a more personalized look
  • There aren’t any insect or rot problems with stucco siding
  • Very breathable material which allows for moisture to dry quickly, resulting in no rot

Cons

  • If a home’s foundation begins to move or settle, this kind of siding can easily crack
  • Weathering and dirt shows up much easier on stucco siding
  • Although moisture dries quickly, areas with heavy rainfall aren’t very suitable
  • Once you choose the color you want, you won’t want to repaint over and over again
  • From a distance, this siding looks like a plain, flat finish

Stone Siding

Pros

Stone Siding

  • Stone is impenetrable by the elements and will last more than a lifetime
  • The look and feel of real stone can’t be matched and is considered a luxury level of siding
  • Stone veneer gives you a similar look of stone but only costs half the price
  • Resistant to moisture, extreme temperatures, insects, and fire
  • Zero maintenance other than simple washing using a pressure washer

Cons

  • Installing natural stone requires a ton of labor and has a long installation time making it more expensive
  • If you get stone veneer, you may have the same moisture problems as stucco
  • Faux Stone does not adapt well to extreme temperatures, freezing, or thawing

So there you have it – these are the top (and most popular) kinds of siding currently on the market in San Antonio with their pros and cons. You can click on the title of each of these sidings to read more about that specific type. We’ve gone further into detail to help you make the perfect decision for your personal circumstances.

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