Today, you have more attractive house siding options than ever before. This buying guide details the top 10 siding materials to help you decide which type will give your home the look and durability you want, while staying within your budget.
Did you know? Most other online estimates of house siding costs are unrealistically low. Many other resources take the cost of the basic material and add the “base” installation costs to reach their total. — This approach fails to consider accessories like trim, supplies and fasteners that can add $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot.
Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a plastic. It is blended with pigment to give the siding color. Acrylics are added for strength and fade protection.
The material is extruded into panels. Most panels are textured like rough-hewn wood siding, but smooth panels are produced too.
What we like:
Vinyl siding is known for its relatively low cost and durability. — That combination produces good value. The material lasts 20-30 years depending on its quality.
Vinyl offers excellent styles and color options:
Horizontal vinyl siding is made to look like wood boards from 3” to 8” wide in Dutch lap, beaded and clapboard styles.
Vertical panels are produced in board & batten and flat styles.
Architectural panels are formed like wood shingle and shake siding. Most products are offered in colors from white to deep browns and dark grays.
Vinyl siding is light and easy to install. — This helps cut down costs when hiring a professional and makes a DIY option more viable for handy homeowners.
Maintenance is minimal: Lightly power wash it to remove dust and dirt.
What we don’t like:
Vinyl lacks the authenticity of wood: In neighborhoods where homes are sided with wood, stone and brick, vinyl often looks inferior.
Plastic isn’t eco-friendly: While vinyl siding can be recycled, most of it ends up in landfills.
Warping, crackingand water penetration are frequent problems with bad installation.
The installed cost of basic vinyl siding is $4.25 to $7.50 per square foot when horizontal and vertical panels are used.
Architectural vinyl siding panels cost $2 to $3 more per square foot. Cost factors are the quality of the siding and the complexity of the house on which it is installed.
Vinyl siding has an ROI of 80%. The ROI is the percentage of the cost homeowners recoup when selling their home while the siding looks new and is in good condition.
Did you know? Vinyl siding is the most common house siding in the US and Canada. It accounts for nearly 30% of siding jobs. However, vinyl’s market share is slipping as other siding materials gain popularity and homeowners want a greener siding solution.
We’ve put together a comprehensive residential siding guide to assist you in researching your options for replacement and new construction projects.
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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
Total Cost per sq.ft.
$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
$2.35 – $7.50
$1.80 – $6.50
$4.15 – $14.00
$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
$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:
Aluminum & Steel
Fiber Cement & Composite
Brick & Stone
The next section provides more details for each siding type, including its options and pros and cons.
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.