We’re sorry to break it to you—your home will be judged by its cover.
Exterior siding can dramatically improve or worsen the appearance of your home unlike anything else. And choosing the right siding can be a torturous process.
We’ve gathered 8 unique exterior siding options to open up your eyes to the power of alternatives to that old standby, vinyl siding.
Before we begin, a few notes about vinyl siding:
There’s nothing inherently wrong with vinyl siding; it has its pros and cons. Vinyl siding is widely used because of its affordability and durability. Modern vinyl siding is durable and largely resistant to fading over time. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and clean and comes in a variety of styles and colors.
That said, there are some incredible alternatives.
1. Fiber Cement Siding
The darling of the siding world and Bauerle Roofing’s favorite, fiber cement is a chameleon that is made to resemble wood, masonry, stucco, and more. Though it is long-lasting and low-maintenance it isn’t everlasting, as some are lead to believe.
Fiber cement siding can be smooth or textured, comes in unlimited colors, and can look like shingles, lap siding, vertical planks, panels, or boards.
Fiber cement’s resistance to outside forces is impressive and can be repainted or repaired if damaged.
2. Stone or Brick Veneer Siding
Some of the most ancient structures in the world are made of stone. The impervious nature of stone makes it an expensive building material.
To make the beauty of natural stone more affordable for homeowners, manufacturers started mass-producing faux stone and brick made from Portland cement and mixed with color and texture agents.
Despite this cost-effective alternative to real stone, stone veneer is still an expensive siding option. With that price tag though, comes increased curb appeal and resale value.
3. Stucco Siding
Stucco, typically a combination of straw, cement, sand, lime, and water, is an ancient plaster that’s seen periods of resurgence throughout US History.
Stucco is an incredible insulator and naturally resistant to fire. Stucco can also be tinted, eliminating the need for paint and giving your home a flair all its own.
4. Engineered Wood Siding
If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to traditional wooden clapboards, engineered or composite wood is a great option. Lightweight panels are easy to install. With uniform, manufactured grain patterns, engineered wood is distinguishable from real wood but more natural than vinyl.
5. Corrugated Metal Siding
Corrugated metal is typically associated with roofs, barns, and industrial spaces. But more often, architects and homeowners are experimenting with these metals as stylistic elements, bringing space-age, steampunk, and industrial vibes.
6. Cedar Shake and Shingle
For natural wood lovers that want an alternative to high-maintenance wood clapboard, cedar shake or shingle (there’s a difference) is for you. Since they are stained rather than painted, peeling isn’t a problem.
Cedar is a durable species and some manufacturers guarantee a lifespan of 25 years or more if well-maintained. Plus, chances are, you’ll be one of the few neighbors with this beautiful, timeless look.
Modern homes often utilize a combination of siding styles and colors to stand out in the neighborhood. As well, a great selection of siding can increase your home value substantially as well as reduce your home’s energy footprint. Contact us today if you’d like to discuss options and pricing.