Best Siding Material for Your Home

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

Home sidings are installed to protect and insulate the house from harsh weather conditions and increase its aesthetic appeal. We have listed some of the most common and widely used siding options and mentioned the pros and cons of each. Read on to find out the best siding material for your house.


1. Wood Siding


a) Pros


  • Wooden siding can make your house look rich, classic, elegant, and sophisticated.

  • Wood can be stained and painted with limitless colors.

  • The properties and price of wooden sidings may vary depending on the wood type you choose.

  • Wooden siding is energy efficient.

b) Cons


  • Wood needs a lot of maintenance. Plus, the cost of maintenance is high. It needs to be stained every 2-3 years and repainted every 4-5 years.

  • Wooden siding can warp, crack, split, and even rot. Also, it attracts pests and insects.


2. Fiber Cement Siding


a) Pros


  • Fiber cement is extremely fire resistant.

  • It is made from a mix of sand, clay, cement, and wood pulp, and it can be molded to look like stucco, clapboard, shingles, or boards.

  • Fiber cement siding is easy to maintain and can survive up to 15 years without warping or chipping. It doesn’t rot, decay, crack, or split.

  • It is very versatile in its finish, texture, color, and styles.


b) Cons


  • Fiber cement siding is expensive than other materials.

  • It needs to be repainted every 12-15 years to maintain the color.

  • It is a little complicated to install fiber cement siding.


3. Stucco Siding


a) Pros


  • Stucco siding survives for 50-100 years with very less maintenance and repainting.

  • Stucco can be mixed with various colors to provide the shade you want.

  • It doesn’t rot or decay.


b) Cons


  • Once you choose a color for your stucco siding, you cannot repaint it with another color.

  • Dirt and impact of weather can be easily seen on the surface of stucco siding.

  • From a distance, it looks like a plain, flat, cement finish.


4. Stone Veneer Siding


a) Pros


  • Stone veneer siding is durable and can survive up to 30-40 years.

  • It requires low to no maintenance.

  • Stone veneer siding can mimic limestone or granite, river rock or dry stack stones at a lower cost than the real, natural stone.

  • Lighter than the natural stone.


b) Cons


  • Installing stone veneer siding can be a difficult and time-consuming task.

  • It is one of the most expensive siding options.


5. Vinyl Siding


a) Pros


  • Vinyl siding is durable, they can last up to 25-30 years without repainting or staining.

  • It is highly versatile and is available in several colors and styles.

  • Vinyl siding is an energy efficient material and also has high insulating properties.It requires negligible maintenance throughout.


b) Cons


  • At times, this material can look cheap.

  • The external factors can leave dents, scratches, and gashes in the vinyl siding.


Before you decide which material you should use, you must consider the energy efficiency, durability, aesthetic appearance, sustainability against weather, versatility, and cost of each material. To know more about the pricing of these materials, you can contact our Alberta home service providers.

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