Deciding what siding to choose for your newly constructed home is a tough decision. Siding impacts your curb appeal, return on investment, and the overall vibe of your property.
Here we’ll break down the cost, return on investment, and aesthetic advantages of five different types of siding based on industry averages.
Cost: $3.95-$7.20/sq ft.
ROI: 72.9% of cost recouped
Vinyl siding is the most commonly used siding material known for its cost-effectiveness, durability, and availability. Though well-cared for vinyl can provide an overall streamlined look, it’s not incredibly unique. It can melt, crack, fade, and get dingy over time which may lead to repair down the road.
Engineered Wood Siding
Cost: $7.95-$12.95/sq ft.
ROI: 79% of cost recouped (higher than natural wood at 77%)
Engineered wood is a cost-effective alternative to traditional wooden clapboards, primarily made of wood strands, resin, and moisture-resistant overlay. It’s uniform, manufactured grain patterns make it distinguishable from real wood, but stands out amongst vinyl-clad neighbors.
Fiber Cement Siding
Cost: $7.45-$12.35/sq ft.
ROI: 79.3% of cost recouped
Fiber cement is the chameleon of the siding world. Industry leaders like James Hardie and CertainTeed provide affordable dupes to expensive, high-maintenance materials like stone and cedar shake. Fiber cement makes it easy to mix and match siding for a distinctive look.
Cost: $6.00-$14.00/sq ft.
ROI: 70.3% of cost recouped
Some will argue that stucco has more cons than pros. However, fans of the stucco aesthetic are willing to pay the price. If you choose to install stucco, it’s crucial that you hire an extremely experienced contractor to do so. Because stucco can behave erratically in humid climates, it’s not for everyone but it will catch everyone’s eye.
Cedar Shake Siding
Cost: $8.45-$16.20/sq ft.
ROI: 80% of cost recouped
There is nothing like cedar shake siding. The beauty of the wood is hard to replicate and the striking look of the shake is…hard to shake. It is more expensive than its engineered counterparts but, if well-maintained, can provide just as many years of undeniable allure.