Which Type of Siding Is Best for You

Installing new siding is often a project for the summer months. When you embark on this project, you might be surprised that your choices extend beyond one or two items and a color. You have many different siding options to choose from. Knowing which to pick comes down to figuring out what is the best fit for your needs.

Vinyl Siding

No doubt you’ve heard of vinyl siding. It is the most popular option. It has a lion’s share of the market 30% of the siding installed on new homes is vinyl. Vinyl has become king of the market for a variety of reasons including its economical price and wide variety of available colors.

Pros

  • Durable with a 30 to 40 year warranty
  • Biggest selection of color options
  • Very easy to clean
  • Most economical option
  • Very Energy-Efficient especially if insulated.

Cons

  • Water resistant but not waterproof
  • In extreme temperatures it can bend and warp
  • Color choice is permanent
  • Susceptible to damage from debris or hail

Fiber Content Siding

Fiber content is created from a combination of cement, wood fibers and sand. Fiber content siding is made to look as if it were made out of wood. When compared to wood it has several advantages. It requires less maintenance, and is often a cheaper option.

Pros

  • Real wood texture without having to deal with insects
  • Very fire resistant, class 1A rating
  • Resistant to decay and rot
  • Easy maintenance, guaranteed to not fade or chip for 15 years
  • Available in a wide variety of looks and textures

Cons

  • Very heavy and requires a special cutting tool.
  • More costly than vinyl siding (2 to 3 times as expensive)
  • Requires repainting every 12 to 15 years and occasional touchups for chips

Brick Siding

The biggest selling points for brick are its regal looks and that it is constructed to hold up for a lifetime. In terms of brick siding you have two options. Masonry bricks which are regular bricks that actually support the home or a brick veneer. Brick veneer is essentially a thin layer of brick on the outside of siding.

Pros

  • Last a lifetime and just requires a quick rinse from time to time.
  • Very fire resistant
  • Does not change or decay over time.
  • Because it is resistant to fire, termites and very durable, brick homes usually have lower homeowners insurance costs

Cons

  • Expensive costing about $10-$15 a square-foot
  • It’s set in stone. Once you decide what you want, it’s up there, and that is it

Wood Siding

One of wood siding’s most attractive qualities is its natural, warm and inviting look. You have several different types of wood to choose from for the exterior of your home: spruce, pine, fir, cedar and redwood.

Pros

  • Easily replaceable if small areas become damaged
  • The “greenest” choice you can make
  • Endless options for staining or painting
  • A very energy-efficient choice
  • Easy to install leading to lower costs for labor and time

Cons

  • Requires routine maintenance
  • Very susceptible to water or insect damage
  • High cost of maintenance. Must be stained every 2-3 years and repainted every 4 to 5 years
  • Not fire resistant

Depending on your budget and tastes, the choice of siding can be a complex decision. We are here to help. Our expert installers can work with any material you choose. We also proud to be a St. Louis owned company, so if you have a question about which option is best for your needs, you won’t be bounced around from voicemail to voicemail . We are proud to care for the homes of our friends and neighbors.

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1933 Union Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125
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