Imagine that your home is a human being—home is where the heart is, after all! The framing is the skeleton, the roof acts like a hat, and the home’s siding is the clothes. The siding gives the home style, protects it from the elements, and provides warmth. When you choose your home’s siding, you are essentially choosing its uniform. It is up to you to decide how much that uniform will cost, how much upkeep it will require, and how long it will last. To help you with your decision, today we’ve compiled a list of the most common home siding options as well as their pros and cons. Scroll down to learn more.
Home Siding Options
One of the most popular home siding options, vinyl is inexpensive and low-maintenance. Although it works well on a variety of homes, it should only be installed on flat surfaces and it might not hold up in extreme weather. Vinyl costs $2-7 per square foot and should last 15-30 years.
Wood is a beautiful siding option, I think we can all agree, but it requires a fair amount of maintenance (chalking, painting, staining, etc.) and it can be damaged by pests (termites, anyone?). It comes in a variety of styles, including shakes, shingles, clapboard, and logs. Wood siding costs about $5-10 per square foot and can last anywhere from 10 to 100 years.
BRICK & BRICK VENEER
A classic choice, brick is most commonly found on Colonial and Tudor-style homes. Although traditional bricks have been used for hundreds of years, these days most homeowners choose brick veneers (which are cheaper). Brick can last a lifetime if it is installed correctly, but that installation will cost you; typically, brick siding costs $6-15 per square foot.
Affordable and long-lasting, stucco is a wonderful home siding choice. It’s fire-resistant, sheds water, and (like brick) can last a lifetime. However, if stucco is not installed correctly, it can crack and become quite ugly in appearance. It suits homes with a Mediterranean or ranch style, but with its flexibility, it can also be molded to fit unusual architectural styles. Stucco will cost you about $7-15 per square foot.
STONE & STONE VENEER
Stone is another classic, beautiful choice. Full stones can be quite expensive but luckily, stone veneers make this textured look more affordable. Stone siding is available in a variety of colors and styles, and if it is installed correctly (are you noticing a theme here?), it can last a lifetime. Stone costs about $10-30 per square foot, making it the most expensive of our home siding options.
Fiber-cement is a cheaper alternative to wood or stucco. Its versatility, lack of maintenance, and strength (it is non-flammable and termite-resistant) make it one of our most popular home siding options. Fiber-cement siding will run you about $5-12 per square foot. It should last 25-50 years, but because it is relatively new, its longevity is still a bit up in the air.
Since you’ve been scanning a list of home siding options, I’m going to guess that one of two things is true: either (1) you’re remodeling your home or (2) you’re building a new home. In either case, if you live in southwest Missouri, you need to give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us, whether it’s a relatively minor remodeling job or a brand new house. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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