Prioritizing your home improvement projects can be tough. Our greatest piece of advice is to begin from the outside in. New floors, drywall, and furnishings mean little without adequate protection.
Your home’s siding is more than just a pretty cover; it’s important for protecting your home from what Mother Nature throws its way. Depending on the surrounding climate, the best choice for siding will differ.
Here are the best siding choices for different climates found throughout the United States.
Best Siding For Cold Climates
When you live in an area that has extremely harsh winters or is cold for more than six months of the year, insulation should be your biggest concern when choosing a type of siding. When it comes to lowering heating bills, three siding materials take the cake: stone, cedar, and fiber cement.
Brick and other stone sidings are naturally insulating, keeping the interior of your home a consistently comfortable temperature. Stone also holds up well to strong winds that often accompany winter storms.
Cedar is another natural insulator that provides a rustic charm unmatched by other synthetic materials. Though it may lower your heating bills, the upfront cost of cedar installation may be a deal breaker for some homeowners.
A modern blend of sand, cement, and cellulose, fiber cement is cheaper than stone and cedar but offers some of the same insulation benefits. Depending on the quality of the fiber cement you choose, there is no guarantee it will handle the freeze and thaw cycles of winter days without cracking.
Best Siding For Hot & Dry Climates
Often associated with the arid climates of the southwestern United States, stucco keeps the inside of your home cool while shielding from the desert wind. Even hot areas of the U.S. will get some moisture, so it’s important for homeowners to choose a reputable installer that uses adequate moisture barriers.
Brick and other stone can also help to keep your home cool in the sweltering heat. Depending on the quality, vinyl siding is prone to melting in extreme heat or cracking with the drastic temperature change once the sun has set.
Best Siding For Wet or Humid Climates
The downfall of siding in humid climates is moisture penetration. Homeowners should be aware of how watertight their siding is. The two best materials for keeping moisture out are cedar and engineered wood.
Though it’s more expensive than engineered wood and fiber cement, cedar (more specifically, Western Red cedar) is naturally moisture-resistant. The oil and tannins present in certain species of cedar make it resistant to insects and fungi, common problems in wet, humid climates.
For the nature lover, engineered wood may be a second-rate choice to the real thing. Often cheaper than natural wood, engineered wood is a low-maintenance material that provides almost total waterproofing.
Best Siding For Storm-Prone Climates
Vinyl blows away, cedar shake breaks off, and stucco is an absolute no-go. The strong winds and pounding rain in hurricane-prone areas of the United States need a tough opponent. In storm-prone climates, fiber cement is the best choice for siding.
Rain, wind, and fire-resistant, fiber cement will most often comply with building codes in stormy cities that experience a storm season. Though it comes in at a higher price tag than vinyl and some woods, it delivers peace of mind during an evacuation.