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What's Best Option for Home Siding?

Whether you're losing shingles, replacing asbestos, or just want to freshen up your house's look, new siding is necessary. Cost, appearance, and ease of cleaning and maintenance are likely all issues drifting about in your mind as you compare materials. To decide which material is the best, consider these options.


Lumber is commonly utilized for a myriad of construction purposes. Because wood has such a natural look and often fits into the landscape of many residential neighborhoods, purchasing lumber siding wouldn't be unnatural. For many, it's traditional and looks strong and solid. 

However, after comparing costs, you may feel less convinced that lumber is for you. The individual planks and panels can get costly and attaching the siding could take days. Over the years, warping, insect damage, rotting, and other lumber-specific problems will necessitate repairs or replacement; even if you have the lumber protectively coated beforehand, repeated sealings are important. If you love the prestige and the beauty of natural lumber or wood, ensure you factor in these details while you think about using it for the house siding.


Metal siding, specifically aluminum, is not uncommon. Without worry about rotting, splitting, and other lumber problems, metal is pleasingly low-maintenance, and most people are comfortable with the cost. If you're uncomfortable with a metallic exterior from a visual perspective, painting is possible. 

Metal can save you in a siding emergency; if existing siding looks very bad and you'd like to rehabilitate it quickly, using metal is wise. Panels are measured, cut, and mounted more simply than other materials. You may even have some luck in being able to use recycled metal panels or sheets that have already been cut and are ready for installing.

Understand that rust and the corrosive process is of concern with metal; a vigilant eye is necessary to handle corrosion problems as they come up. Also, ensure that you get thick metal panels when available; thin panels are cheaper but not as long-lasting.


Versatility is the best reason to consider vinyl siding. Easily painted and constructed, this material can trick people into thinking it's wood. Unlike lumber, though, termites, carpenter ants, and other pests find vinyl completely unattractive. This makes vinyl an easier material to own and keep intact. Easily cleaned with soapy solutions, vinyl is usually a good choice for a house.

While there might not necessarily be one universal "best" siding choice, you can use material details like those above to select something appropriate. Allow contractors to weigh in, and visit siding retailers to better examine the common options.