How to Choose the Best Siding Material for Your Home

From weather and aesthetics to cost vs. value, there are many considerations to factor in your decision on which type of siding to choose for your home. Vinyl siding…fiber cement…cedar shake…there are many possibilities to choose from, each with its own pros and cons. Let’s go over some factors to think about when deciding on the right material for your next siding job.

Cedar Shake

When it comes to wood siding, pine and cedar are the two main wood species. Cedar types include red cedar, eastern white cedar, and Alaskan yellow cedar, each bearing a color as evidenced by its name. Pine siding may be affordable, but it won’t resist rot and insects like cedar will.

Cedar, more dimensionally stable, won’t expand, contract, warp or crack like pine will. You are advised to add a protective finish and stain to your cedar shakes, so as to protect against the elements and sun damage. There are many colors and styles to choose from, and dings and scratches don’t show up easily on this material due to its natural wood grain.

Choose cedar shake if you have a traditional house style and enjoy the rustic look of wood. Just keep in mind it will require regular maintenance to ensure it doesn’t fall victim to rot. Cedar shake siding is more expensive than both vinyl and fiber cement.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the most popular option on American homes today because it works with all styles. You can even opt for insulated vinyl which provides a bit more protection against the elements to keep your interior even more comfortable through all seasons.

Vinyl siding is the most affordable option of the three, it’s easy to install, it comes in a variety of textures and colors, and it’s quite durable and resilient – especially for homes in New England. This is a low-maintenance siding option that can enhance your property value while not demanding a lot of upkeep.

Vinyl siding typically costs $4 to $5 per square foot, which does not include labor and materials for installation, says Forbes.

Vinyl siding replacement has an ROI of 67 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding is a composite material comprised of cement and cellulose fibers that can be made into panels, clapboards, battens, boards, and trim. This material is solid and dimensionally stable, can be painted easily, and has a long lifespan. James Hardie is a major manufacturer of fiber cement products. Fiber cement has an ROI of 68 percent.

Fiber cement is:

  • Moisture and rot resistant
  • Non-combustible
  • Pest resistant
  • Weather resistant

No matter which siding material you choose for your home, you can’t go wrong with any of the above.

Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding for Quality Siding

In need of new siding? Now sure which material to go with? The team at Hi-Tech would be happy to guide you in this decision, outlining all your options as well as prices. To get started, call us today at 800-851-0900.    

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