Compare Siding Materials
Compare siding materials - get product descriptions for the top 5 most popular siding options for your home.
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Vinyl siding is primarily made from polyvinyl chloride resin (or PVC), along with additional ingredients that bring out color, gloss, opacity and flexibility. It is by far the most popular panel or board cladding due to the cost, little maintenance requirements and the relatively ease of installation.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement boards are constructed from sand, cement and cellulose fiber. This composite material is often pointed to as a superior product to vinyl siding and can be painted any number of colors. James Hardie's Hardiplank is the most popular of fiber cement products, although there are now a number of manufacturers such as CertainTeed that produce similar boards.
Engineered wood siding is typically horizontal boards that integrate the look and texture of any number of real wood species with the strength and engineering of stronger and more resilient cladding materials. These products (such as LP Smartside, NuCedar or Collins TruWood) are becoming very popular because the panels do not require maintenance like real wood and they are quite competitively priced.
Board And Battens
Board and battens are a type of vertical siding where the board is placed flush to the wall and the thinner batten is placed on top of the board so that it projects out from the wall. This creates a very classic look that can look cool and modern or more rural and rustic, depending on what materials and styles are used in conjunction with it. The boards and batten can be made from a variety of materials, from plywood to vinyl to fiber cement.
Cedar siding is a beautiful cladding that is quite rustic and natural looking. Over time, it does fade in color, which some homeowners love and others not so much. One option is to go with a vinyl cedar siding that looks quite close to cedar shingles, but without the maintenance and degradation of shingles over the years.
Brick siding is a type of horizontal siding that can be used either as an accent on a small portion of the home or can be used as the entire cladding. Brick is heavy and tends to be expensive to install so homeowners can expect high product and installation costs. The effect, however, can be truly stunning.