Best Types of House Siding: Top Brands, Costs, Pros & Cons

We’ve put together a comprehensive residential siding guide to assist you in researching your options for replacement and new construction projects.

Kaycan DaVinci Siding

What’s Included: Seven possibilities ranging from affordable to upscale – Vinyl, steel & aluminum, fiber cement & composite, genuine wood, stucco, brick & stone and faux stone.

The information for each siding type includes:

  • Materials and installation cost
  • Tables that allow you to compare these materials at a glance in all key areas
  • An introduction to each material, its construction and options
  • Pros and cons such as durability/longevity, maintenance and repair requirements and appearance including the home styles that each siding types is best suited to
  • Final summaries that might help you make your decision
  • Tips for saving money on a siding project

Cost

Siding Type Materials Installation Total Cost per sq.ft.
Vinyl $2.55 – $4.50 $1.60 – $4.00 $4.15 – $8.50
Aluminum & Steel $3.15 – $5.65 $1.95 – $5.00 $5.20 – $10.65
Fiber Cement & Composite $1.80 – $5.50 $4.00 – $6.50 $5.80 – $12.00
Wood $2.35 – $7.50 $1.80 – $6.50 $4.15 – $14.00
Stucco $4.90 – $6.50 $3.00 – $6.00 $7.90 – $12.50
Brick & Stone Veneer $7.35 – $15.00 $6.30 – $11.00 $14.65 – $26.00
Faux Stone $6.15 – $20.00 $8.55 – $11.00 $14.70 – $31.00

Breakdown of costs by materials and installation

* The materials column in the table above includes siding, trim and the supplies needed to install it.

* The installation column in the table above reflects the cost of professional labor.

The last column is the total installed cost for comparison.

Note: Each siding type in the table above is normally available in a wide range of quality and style options that affect material costs. Installation ranges from easy to difficult due to onsite factors which affect installation cost. Your project’s geography and local economy will also have a major impact on costs.

Types of Siding Material

This table summarizes the information in this section:

Siding Type Options Weatherproof Durability
Vinyl Excellent Good 20-30 years
Aluminum & Steel Good Good 30-50 years
Fiber Cement & Composite Good Good 35-50 years
Wood Excellent Fair 50+
Stucco Fair Good 50+
Brick & Stone Good Excellent 75+
Faux Stone Good Good 30-50 years

The next section provides more details for each siding type, including its options and pros and cons.

Vinyl Siding

This is an extruded plastic material made from PVC resin for durability and resistance to the elements. The material is tinted in the production process, so the color goes all the way through.

There are three appearance options: Horizontal, vertical and shingle/shake panels.

Horizontal siding comes in Dutch lap, smooth and beaded styles. Panels are typically formed into single, double and triple board profiles.

Vertical siding in board & batten, cedar plank, beaded and additional styles are produced in a more limited range of options.

Board and batten vinyl siding via Alside

Vinyl shake and shingle panels feature 2 or 3 rows with up to 6 shakes or shingles per row. These panels are used either as the primary siding or accent siding in gables or above brick or stone.

Shake & Shingle Polymer Vinyl Siding Cedar Shake Impressions via CertainTeed

You have a wide array of colors to consider from white and light shades to deep reds, greens, blues and charcoals. Complimentary trim colors allow you to customize the look you want for your home.

Pros and Cons

The appeal of vinyl siding is its relatively affordable cost and low maintenance.

Pluses:

  • Affordability
  • Style and color options
  • DIY-friendly installation
  • Moisture and insect resistance
  • Good fire rating, though it will melt in high heat
  • Reduced fading with new color technology
  • Very low maintenance

Insulated (R2 to R3) options, though not a good value compared to attaching siding to wall sheathing beneath the siding

Minuses:

  • Shingle and shake styles cost up to 100% more than panels
  • Brittleness and cracking with age/impact
  • Falls short of “genuine wood” look
  • Potential leaks, buckling and cracking with faulty installation
  • Warranties of 25 years to “lifetime,” but expected longevity of 18 to 30 years
  • Recyclable – but few locations accept it

Top Brands:

CertaintTeed, Georgia Pacific (GP), Alside / ABTCO, Kaycan, Mastic, Mitten, Timbercrest

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Pros & Cons of Malarkey Shingles – Costs – Unbiased Malarkey Roofing Reviews

Malarkey asphalt shingles have a strong following among roofers, especially on the West Coast and in the Pacific North West.

Malarkey shingles also get good ratings from homeowners. The consensus is that Malarkey products are a premium shingle at a higher price than most, but backed by an above-average warranties.

Malarkey Legacy Storm Grey Shingles

The brand has a reputation for quality over quantity, part of the reason it doesn’t enjoy the same name recognition as GAF and CertainTeed. Roofers know it, and we thought you should too as you consider the best asphalt shingle brands.

Are Malarkey Shingles the Right Choice for Your Roof?

Our research includes pros and cons, costs and a comparison Malarkey shingles with other shingle options in good, better and best categories.

Pros

Here is why contractors, inspectors and homeowners give this brand ratings that are in the top tier of all shingle brands. Let’s start with what roofers like.

The Malarkey Secure Choice roof system

While Malarkey asphalt shingles can be installed with roofing products from other brands, roofers and homeowners have the choice of building a roof from the deck up with Malarkey products designed to work together.

This brochure (PDF) shows the Secure Choice System with available options.

Malarkey Secure Choice System

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BIPV Solar Shingles Cost: SunTegra, CertainTeed, POWERHOUSE 3.0, Tesla

Your options for building integrated photovoltaic solar roofs have expanded with the the re-birth of POWERHOUSE solar shingles and introduction of Tesla solar tiles to compete with the BIPV solar products currently being installed.

Certainteed Apollo-2 solar shingles roof

This guide covers the currently available and newly emerging BIPV / roof integrated PV (RIPV) solar shingle options, their costs, availability in specific markets within the US, and pros and cons of each option.

Cost

The table below includes the cost info and availability details for the top four leading RIPV competitors:

Product Cost per sq.ft. Cost per watt* 2,750 sq.ft. roof
CertainTeed Apollo II Shingle $11.45 – $13.10 $4.20 – $4.80 $31,487 – $36,025
CertainTeed Apollo II Tile $17.40 – $18.25 $6.38 – $6.69 $47,850 – $50,187
Dow PowerHouse $11.00 – $11.85 Est. $4.15 $30,025 – $32,587
SunTegra Shingle $10.35 – $11.60 $3.80 – $4.25 $28,462 – $31,900
SunTegra Tile $16.80 – $17.75 $6.16 – $6.51 $46,200 – 48,812
Tesla Solar Tile $22.00 – $26.00 $7.85-$9.00 $60,500 – $71,500

Note: Dow PowerHouse 3.0 solar shingles from RGS should be available in Q4 2018, with nationwide rollout expected to occur gradually in 2019-2020.

* With the recent announcement of Tesla laying off 9% of its workforce, there are now some doubts as to how long you may have to wait to get your Tesla solar roof.

BIPV solar shingles costs

Note: the above figures are baseline costs (estimated). The actual costs can, in some cases, be up to 25% higher, depending on the particulars of the jobs including more complex roofs and/or in areas with high cost of living and in major coastal cities.

All costs include what is known as BOS, or balance of system, costs. These include the connectors, wiring and electrical inverter required for installation. They do not factor storage battery costs ($7,500 – $9,000 for most systems).

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