Are you looking planning on building a new home?  Are you wondering what types of siding are most often used in homes today?  Maybe you’re thinking about remodeling your home.  Whether you’re building a home or remodeling, you’ll need to consider what type of siding you want.  There are many siding types available on the market.  However, not all of them will give your home a beautiful aesthetic look.  In addition, some are more affordable than others.  The most commonly used siding types are: vinyl, brick, stucco, wood, and stone.

Vinyl

Vinyl is the number one siding in America because it’s inexpensive, versatile, and very low maintenance.  There are over 300 color choices.  It comes in vertical and horizontal panels, shakes, shingles, fish scales, lap, and beaded designs.

Brick

Brick is the most popular siding.  It’s durable and light maintenance.  It gives the home a great appearance.  It’s made from fired clay and comes in different colors, textures, and sizes.

Stucco

Stucco has been used as a siding for hundreds of years.  It’s reasonably priced and there are a variety of applications.  Traditional stucco is a mixture of cement and sand or lime.  Stucco can be used to achieve many different architectural styles.

Wood

Wood siding comes in various types of wood such as: bevel, shakes and shingles, and engineered wood.   Bevel (also known as clapboard or lap) siding is made from pine, spruce, cypress, Douglas fir, cedar, or redwood.  It is installed horizontally with the upper piece overlapping the lower.

Shakes come from wooden block and are hand or machine-sawed.  They are thicker than shingles and last longer.  Wood shingles have a more consistent look and can be cut into various shapes.  Both come from a variety of wood but the most common are Western red cedar and redwood.    Engineered wood siding is made with sawdust and bonding agents.  It’s strong and less expensive than real wood.

Stone

Stone is a very durable building material.   Granite, limestone, and slate are the most common stones used.  It is very difficult to add stone siding to an existing home so you should have a professional install it.

Adding siding to your home is a great way to improve curb appeal.  Although there are many siding types on the market, not all of them are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.   The most commonly used types of siding are: vinyl, brick, stucco, wood, and stone.

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