There are no hard and fast rules concerning how to choose home siding, and only a homeowner can decide what the best home siding is to suit their taste and budget. However, here are the top six options that are both attractive and resilient that are popular with Canadian Roxboro homeowners today.
Fiber Cement Siding
Highly in demand, fiber cement siding options such as Hardiplank are a bit more costly than similar options like vinyl, but generally considered well worthwhile. The manufacturer's warranty on durable fiber cement siding products are generally 30 years or longer, and this material is resistant to pests, water and fire. There is little to no maintenance needed beyond occasional cleanings and repainting as need or desired. Fiber cement comes in grain patterns that resemble real wood and often come in pre-stained colours for homeowner's convenience.
Because of its versatility and affordability, vinyl siding is by far the fastest growing siding option for homes today. It is crafted from lightweight material and is easy to install and comes in array of pattern and grain options as well as a multitude of colour palettes. Vinyl siding is fairly resistant to the elements and can withstand minor dings, but if damage does occur it's actually pretty simple to repair. Opting for insulated vinyl siding can actually improve energy efficiency. In some cases, vinyl siding can be replaced by the homeowner as a DIY project.
Engineered Wood Siding
This innovative siding option is primarily crafted of natural wood, but it does have a few additional materials included in its composition to boost durability and resistance to pest and the elements. Engineered wood siding comes in several styles, colours, textures and is actually just as resilient and resistant to fire as fiber cement siding. Unlike vinyl or fiber cement, this material cannot be repainted or even re-stained, so buyers must be very certain that the choice they make is one they'll be satisfied with for decades to come.
Traditional Brick Siding
The classic look of brick siding is timeless and will never go out of fashion. Brick siding materials are durable, virtually maintenance-free and available in a wide array of hues that allow homeowners to customize the look of their home without limitations. While it will likely last the lifetime of the abode, brick siding can be a bit on the costly side due to longer installation time and the heavy weight of the materials.
Available in fabricated and natural options, stone siding has a great return on investment should one decide to resell the home due to its luxurious look and appeal. However, fabricated stone is far more affordable yet less durable than natural stone siding. Those wanting the real deal such as limestone, granite or slate should prepare their bank accounts with enough savings to pay a premium price, as it's one of the most expensive types of siding on the market today but will last for 50 years or more.
Those seeking an ‘earth-ship' or adobe hut southwestern exterior vibe will love stucco siding. Crafted from cement, sand, lime and water, stucco is highly affordable and requires very little maintenance beyond occasional repairs due to cracks or home shifting. Stucco siding is an exceptional choice for those living in dry, arid and high-temperature environments, but with special care, stucco is a viable option for Canadian homeowners, too.
Whether the time has come to custom build a home or it's simply time to replace home siding, it's best to contract a local home renovation expert for guidance and accurate estimates.