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  • Tim Kraemer

Exterior Materials

Looking for the perfect exterior siding for your home? Look no further. Below we’ve highlighted 7 of the most commonly used siding materials.

Brick and vinyl combination.

1. Vinyl. Vinyl tops the lists because of its popularity. It is a synthetic exterior material which is low maintenance, durable, versatile and low cost. Vinyl comes in many different styles such as vertical panels, horizontal panels, fish scales and shingles. Some vinyl sidings can be made to look like natural materials such as shingles or stones.

2. Brick. Brick is a classic exterior material. It’s practical in that it is durable and low maintenance. Material and installation costs, however; are high for brick siding as it is a labor-intensive installation process as well as a high cost per square foot of material.

Stone and wood combination.

3. Stone. Stone is higher in cost, but long lasting and requires little maintenance. Stone is a great way to add texture to a home. Limestone, granite and slate are the most commonly used stones for home exteriors.

4. Wood. Wood is one of the most traditional types of exterior siding. It is extremely versatile and comes in many different styles. It can add a sense of charm as well as give a natural look. Wood is quick and easy to install. The maintenance of wood is high-it requires regular painting or staining. It is also susceptible to damage from termites, woodpeckers and rot.

5. Metal. It doesn’t rot or mold. It doesn’t fade, is not prone to pest attack and does not warp or buckle. However, it does not retain warmth. It is often associated with retro or modern styles.

Metal siding for a modern look.

6. Stucco. Cement mixed with lime or sand, stucco creates a textured look. Stucco is long lasting and add insulation to a home. Stucco does not maintain well in humid climates.

A closer look at the texture of stucco.

7. Engineered. Imitation stone, brick and wood are available as well. The upside here is the cost is lower. The downside is they aren’t as durable and are often prone to water damage.

A closer look at engineered wood.

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