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If you are building a new house from scratch or are thinking about renovating the exterior of your house, this article is for you. Buckle up as we take you through 10 of the best siding options that you should consider:
1. Solid Brick Walls
Solid brick is also known as ‘solid masonry,’ ‘double brick,’ or ‘brick and block’ construction. It is a more traditional construction method that was prominently used in the 1900s. A solid brick wall contains two layers (courses) of bricks stacked together approximately 8 to 20-inches apart.
Double brick sides are structural walls which need to support roofing, windows, air conditioning units and other house components. As such, the wythe (width) of the brick wall is reinforced with materials such as concrete, steel, or cinder blocks to increase its structural integrity.
2. Brick Veneer Walls
As you can see from the picture, brick veneer walls are different from solid brick walls. Wood, concrete or steel form the base of brick veneer walls to offer structural support for the house. Brick veneers are installed next to the structural wall using mortar to form the outer layer of the wall. They are purely used for cosmetic or aesthetic value.
Brick veneer walls are also fitted with weep devices to allow water to escape the cavities to drain to the exterior. Unlike wooden walls, brick veneer walls are great for heat insulation during hot summer months. Brick veneer walls generally offer a lifetime of durability; however, they are still prone to deteriorate at the mortar joints. The average cost of materials and installation varies between $14 and $27 per square foot.
3. Wood Siding
Genuine wood has a natural beauty hence why many people opt for it. The most commonly used wood species include pine, fir, cedar and redwood for their durability. However, they have different tolerance to different climates. Your contractor should advice you on the best choice based on your region.
Installation costs anywhere between $4 and $17 per square foot. Wood sidings are often painted and finished in a clear coat of stain and sealer. This layer protects the wood from extensive sun burns and moisture from rain or snow. The clear coat also allows you to pressure wash the wall when it gets dirty.
4. Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood closely resembles natural wood siding and stucco siding. It is extracted from fast-growing trees that are treated with pesticides and fungal resistant chemicals. These chemicals help improve the durability of this wall over regular wood. With an estimated installation price of between $3 and $10 per square foot, engineered woods are also cheaper than natural wood. They are also easier to install and maintain.
5. Stucco Siding
Stucco has been around for many years and gives houses a classic yet modern design. Stucco is a blend of sand, cement and limestone. It has a plaster-like consistency that allows it to be applied on walls. Stucco also comes in a wide range of colors and textures. Nowadays, contractors add polymers and acrylics to the basic stucco blend to make it waterproof for longer durability. However, installation is quite pricey due to its labor intensity.
6. Vinyl Siding
Vinyl is a fairly modern siding material that is cheap and basically indestructible. It is made from PVC plastics that are insect-proof, fade-resistant and weatherproof. Vinyl siding comes in different colors and designs that allow more personalized installation patterns. Vinyl siding is also easy to install. The only maintenance required on a vinyl surface is cleaning to remove dirt and grime particles.
7. Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding is a great option for coastal regions where there is a high moisture content in the air. People in these regions choose it for its rust-resistant property. Other regions choose aluminum siding for pest-resistance, weather-proof, affordability and low maintenance properties. However, people often complain that it is noisy when blasted with strong winds, heavy rains and hail. Aluminum siding is also prone to scratches and dents, but can easily be fixed with a fresh coat of paint.
8. Fiber Cement Siding
It is easy to see why fiber cement siding has quickly become a popular siding option for many people. Not only does it look gorgeous, fiber cement is pest-resistant and offers weather-proof and fire-proof qualities. This is because of its rich material composition which consists of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of colors, textures and styles from the factories. Additionally, it is easy to install and easy to clean when it gets dirty.
9. Stone Veneer Siding
Much like brick veneer siding, stone veneer siding is mostly popular for its aesthetic value. The arbitrary fitting of the stone veneers gives the house a natural authentic beauty. Stone veneers are made from aggregate, cement and iron-oxide pigments. They are available in different colors, shapes and designs.
Installation of stone veneers is done on the structural walls using mortar. They provide additional benefits like heat insulation, water-resistance, pest-resistance, and fire-resistance. Stone veneers are easy to clean but are also prone to disintegration on the motor joints over a long period.
The picture above shows a modern house. Its siding comprises of stone veneer, stucco and vinyl. It shows that a majority of people nowadays opt to combine different sidings options to give their homes a personalized effect.
We hope you enjoyed looking at the many possibilities you have to create a place you can proudly call home. We enjoyed bringing you these options and we hope it’ll take you a step closer to realizing your dream home.