Siding helps to protect your home, boost curb appeal, and keep your family comfortable. It has the ability to completely transform your home’s aesthetics and is a great way to increase property value. While many people don’t need to replace their siding too often, doing so means making an important choice. What type of siding should you use? What is the best siding for your home? In this article, we’ll explore all of the best siding options for your home and how to choose what’s best for you. 

Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most popular siding materials used today. It’s low cost, extremely durable, requires very little maintenance, and comes in hundreds of different colors and shades. In the past, many people who got vinyl had to deal with a fake, plastic appearance. Today, with the advancements in technology, vinyl can mimic the style and appearance of whatever vision you want for your home. Vinyl is easy to install and comes with plenty of high-quality warranty options. One of the things that homeowners love the most about vinyl siding is the fact that it’s resistant to damage and only requires cleaning once or twice yearly. 

First Star Exterior works with the top vinyl siding brands to make sure that your home has the best siding available. We work with brands like James Hardie, NapCo, Mastic, LP, and more. With proper maintenance of these brands, your vinyl siding can last up to 100 years. 

Pine and Cedar

Wood siding has grown in popularity because of the unique appearance it creates. Wood siding gives your home a rich, authentic look and provides outstanding protection. Our favorite types of wood siding are pine and cedar, as they tend to last longer and require less maintenance than other types of wood. If you opt for wood siding, you’ll be able to choose from limitless options for paint color however, painting is usually an additional installation cost. Talk to your siding professionals about their wood installation options before making any decisions. 

Pine and cedar also require a little more maintenance than vinyl. You’ll need to paint or stain your wood siding throughout its lifespan and take precautions to avoid any rot, termite damage, or cracking. When properly cared for, wood siding can last up to 100 years. 

Metal

Metal siding does not mean that your home will have an industrial look or feel. The technological advancements in metal siding allow you to choose from a number of different styles, colors, and brands. Metal is one of the most durable types of siding options for your home and rarely cracks, warps, or corrodes. It can be used in any weather condition and is a great option for homes that regularly deal with high winds or extreme storms. Metal siding is also one of the lowest maintenance types of siding materials. While vinyl siding usually needs to be cleaned at least once a year, metal siding can often go for years without any visible signs of dirt or grime accumulating. Metal siding tends to last about 50 years or longer. 

Due to the thermogenic features of metal siding and metal roofs, it’s provides optimal energy efficiency for your home by reflecting strong UV ways. Metal is virtually impenetrable to pests, so you won’t have to worry about any problems in that department. As we mentioned, metal siding styles have evolved and transformed over time, so there are plenty of options that you can choose from. 

Brick

Brick siding is a popular option for people who want a more timeless look. If you are interested in brick siding, you’ll need to hire a tuckpointing company for the installation and whenever you need to do any maintenance. Brick siding can last for hundreds of years but to keep it looking it’s best it will need repointing when joints and mortar start to fail. You’ll also need to power wash your brick home to clean it properly. Brick siding is one of the more expensive siding options, but many people find the price worth it for the aesthetics it provides. 

Fiber-Cement

Fiber-cement is a great option if you’re on a tight budget. It’s very low-maintenance and can be molded to mimic the look of brick homes, stucco, or even wood without the high installation costs. You’ll need to get the fiber-cement siding painted, which gives you the freedom and flexibility to change your home’s appearance without having to install new siding. If you opt for fiber-cement siding, just be aware that you’ll probably have to deal with problems relating to moisture at some point or another. Fiber-cement siding tends to last about 25-50 years depending on care and maintenance. 

Stucco

Finally, there are options for stucco siding. Stucco is a combination of sand, cement, water, and lime and is commonly used in homes in the Southwest. It’s applied in multiple coats and gives your home a smooth finish. Stucco is fire resistant and requires very little maintenance over time. Stucco siding usually lasts up to 50 years with the proper care. 

How to Choose the Best Siding

There are a lot of factors that should be considered when choosing the best siding for your home. You’ll want to think about the efficiency of the siding’s insulation, the durability and longevity of the siding, the cost of the siding, and overall maintenance requirements

If you’re trying to choose a siding that will help improve your home’s insulation features, consider opting for metal or vinyl siding. These will give you the best insulation efficiency. They’re also some of the most durable siding options. Wood is a beautiful siding material but requires more maintenance and isn’t as durable. As long as it’s taken care of, you can avoid unnecessary damage to your wood siding. 

I can be a difficult process choosing the siding for your home, which is why it’s important to work with a siding company that will help you make the right decision. At First Star Exteriors, our professionals are here to walk you through all of your options and discuss the pros and cons of each with full transparency. 

Things to Consider Regarding the Siding Your Home

After you’ve decided on the type of material that you’re going to use for the siding of your home, you’ll need to think about the style, color, and brand. Thanks to the versatility in the industry today, there are hundreds of different options for both style and color that will help you transform your home into whatever vision you have. First Star Exteriors only uses high-quality brands that we trust. 

Style

There are hundreds of styles of siding options available on the market today. From traditional installation to shake siding and more, First Star Exteriors can help you figure out what will look best on your home. Shake siding is a unique style of siding that creates a timeless, textured look. Lap siding is installed horizontally and is considered one of the more traditional siding styles. Board and Batten siding is installed vertically to give your home a truly unique look. 

Color

Once you’ve determined the style of siding you want, it’s time to perfect the color. With nearly limitless options in every style, picking out the perfect color is easy and fun.  

Brand

First Star Exteriors only works with high-quality brands that we believe in. Many of the best siding brands on the market, like James Hardie, NapCo, Mastic, and LP provide materials in multiple styles and color, so if you have a brand preference, we will use it. If you’re unsure about different brands, don’t worry. Our professionals will help you figure out what works best for your needs. 

At First Star Exteriors, we have hundreds of brand-named options to give you the best siding for your home. We install numerous types of house siding to fit all of your needs and partner with James Hardie, NapCo, Mastic, LP, and more. First Star Exteriors has the experience and expertise in installing shake siding, lap siding, Board and Batten siding, and more traditional styles. If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. Our professionals are here to help by answering all of your questions and helping you understand your options.    

If you’re ready to get new siding installed for whatever reason, contact the siding professionals at First Star Exteriors today. At First Star Exteriors, we believe there’s a perfect balance between hands-on, personable treatment, quality of work, and speed of delivery. We take the time to understand your needs and communicate effectively from the first quote to the last nail being placed. To learn more about our siding options or to get a quote from us today within 48 hours, contact us at (479) 267-4800 or fill out our contact form here