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Choices of Siding Material

The architectural landscape of American homes has dramatically changed in the last century. Wood shingles, clapboards, and gingerbread trim are becoming features of the past, as more and house-siding-vinyl-metal-aluminum-cedar-wood-build-diy-how-to-install-sidingmore homeowners opt for vinyl siding. Which raises the question: "Why are so many Americans choosing vinyl siding?"

Siding Cost

As is often the case, cost is a determining factor. Vinyl siding looks like wood, but it is much less costly. In addition, ease of installation and breezy maintenance has made it popular with homeowners nationwide. All it takes is a bit of soapy water and the use of your everyday garden hose and voila – a clean and attractive facade!


house-siding-vinyl-metal-aluminum-cedar-wood-build-diy-how-to-install-sidingVinyl Siding

Another benefit is durability. Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride, a material that is rigid, strong and resists damage. The color goes all the way through each piece, so if it chips or scratches, the damage is virtually undetectable. That is great news for homeowners, because vinyl siding never needs to be repainted. How to build a composite deck design ideas with outdoor composite decks, siding, and outdoor deck pictures.

Vinyl Siding - pictures, tips, and advice from the pro's


house-siding-vinyl-metal-aluminum-cedar-wood-build-diy-how-to-install-sidingCedar Wood Siding

Despite the many benefits of vinyl siding, it is not the perfect choice for everyone. Wood remains a preference of architects and custom homebuilders, as well as those who own historic properties. Wood is considered more aesthetic, maintains the value of the home, and preserves the integrity of historic homes, while providing an insulation factor. In addition, people who are concerned about ecology prefer wood siding because vinyl siding is not biodegradable.

Cedar Wood Siding - pictures, tips, and advice from the pro's


house-siding-vinyl-metal-aluminum-cedar-wood-build-diy-how-to-install-sidingFiber Cement Siding

Your siding options don't end there! For those who can't afford wood and don't prefer vinyl, you may want to take a closer look at fiber cement. Fiber Cement is an old material that is made up of 90% sand and cement and 10% cellulose fiber. A major selling point is the ability to paint fiber cement siding any color – pink, turquoise, lime green, or chocolate brown – this material will certainly allow you to express yourself! However, we are sure your neighbors will appreciate a nice neutral beige.

Fiber Cement Siding - pictures, tips, and advice from the pro's


house-siding-vinyl-metal-aluminum-cedar-wood-build-diy-how-to-install-sidingMetal Siding

Metal siding, either steel or aluminum, rounds out your final siding options. Metal siding is more expensive than vinyl but less costly than wood products. When considering metal siding options, you will want to keep your local climate in mind.

Metal Siding - pictures, tips, and advice from the pro's


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