Top Commercial and Residential Siding Options

Great Siding Options to Choose From

Siding is one the most important aspects on commercial and residential buildings. It can make the difference of a nice finished product and also serves to protect the building structure. Wood, cement, vinyl and brick are the most used types of siding but there are plenty of alternatives that could be used and we have listed here some of the most common types of siding in the market.

Insulated Vinyl Siding

vinyl siding
vinyl siding. Photo J Rodriguez

When you choose vinyl siding as your cladding alternative, you are selecting a nice product. Vinyl siding lowers your maintenance costs and increases energy efficiency. Some appraisals even agree that your home could have greater value when you have vinyl siding installed. It could be combined using various colors and patterns. It is one of the most durable and long lasting siding materials. More

Wood Siding Benefits

Wood siding
Wood siding. Photo Olger Fallas Painting

Hardwood siding is probably the most common type of siding used. As opposed to other siding materials, hardwood siding is available in several patterns, styles, widths, and models which are relatively easy to install. Wood siding installation must be done carefully to ensure that each piece overlaps the other pieces correctly. Probably is the least expensive siding material between the favorite ones and it can also be painted, although painted wood siding could deteriorate as sun, rain and ice take their toll on these painted surfaces.

All About Cement Siding

Cement Siding
Cement Siding. Photo World_Citizen Flickr

Cement siding has been available for decades but now is becoming one of the preferred siding materials lately. Cement board siding is widely used in coastal regions or in areas where the humidity levels are high. This type of siding is durable and like wood siding can also be painted to match any architectural combination. Cement siding is regularly more expensive than most siding materials, and its installation cost is higher because of its handling challenges. More

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum Siding
Aluminum Siding. Photo webhamster Flickr

Aluminum siding is one of the preferred siding materials for newer homes. This type of siding offers better insulation than others and it is fireproof and waterproof. Although really easy to install because of its lightweight, it can also be dented easily. Another problem with aluminum siding is that it might get scratched and these scratches will show more in aluminum than in other materials. Aluminum siding can be painted too, and could look like different materials. Aluminum siding could show cracks and scratches. This type of siding could last, with the right maintenance, over 30 years; however, it cost more than other siding material. Aluminum siding could also offer superior insulation properties.

Brick Siding

brick veneer
brick veneer. Photo Oula Lehtinen

Brick siding systems are easy to install and will provide great aesthetical surface that will add value to your home. Due to its low maintenance cost, brick siding is preferred over other materials and could withstand temperature changes and harsh weather conditions. It is probably the best fire proofing material, among the different types of siding materials, and its sound proofing characteristics are superior too. However, one if its main disadvantages are that could be really difficult to repair when it has been damaged. More

Stucco Siding

Stucco Mix
Stucco Mixing. Photo StillWorksImagery

Stucco siding is preferred for its durability among other characteristics. It can be used normally over Spanish or Mediterranean style homes, where it is applied directly over brick and concrete. It could also be applied over wood or gypsum, but will require a metal lath so it can be properly glued. One of its major problems is that it needs to be maintained and painted to remove mold and mildew that appears over humid locations. Stucco siding has an average warranty life of 15 years. The process needed to apply stucco siding will increase its cost when compared to other siding materials; however, it's a very quick process that can one day or two. More

Stone Veneer Siding

Stone veneer
Stone veneer. Photo Aaron of Nepa Flickr

 Manufactured veneer stone could be found in various sizes and patterns depending on where you will be installing it and has great advantages over natural stone because it is lighter and built to fit.

Stone Veneer can be applied almost on any masonry surface and even over wood surfaces. There are multiple types of stone veneer, so the preparation will vary depending on the application. More