Aged siding can become duller, stained, leaky, warped, or cracked – and since siding is one of the first things that people notice about your home, new siding immediately adds to curb appeal, and potentially the resale value, of your home. Replacing your siding is also a good opportunity to see if the heat and rain has caused any structural damage to the frame of your home (the struts, beams, drywall, and framing boards), so they can be repaired.  New siding comes in many types of materials, textures, and colors, from traditional wood to vinyl, stucco, and metal.  When replacing your siding, consider adding additional architectural details like new gutters, soffits, window cladding, and shutters, or additional wall insulation for energy efficiency.



Stucco is a siding that is commonly used on Mediterranean, ranch, and Spanish-mission style homes, and is made from sand, Portland cement, lime and water.  A waterproof barrier and galvanized metal screen is installed over the exterior walls of the home, and then the stucco is applied.  When stucco is properly installed with no cracks, and maintained well, it can last the lifetime of the house.


Vinyl siding is made from PVC plastic, and it won’t rust, rot, or flake, it is also versatile, durable, and low cost. Vinyl siding can be made to look like natural wood, and can have extra insulation to lower your electric bills. There are many different vinyl styles to choose from: horizontal and vertical panels, dutch lap, shakes, shingles, board n batten, beaded, and fish scales or scallops.


Stone siding is beautiful, durable, and long-lasting if properly maintained.  The most common types of stone used for siding are granite and limestone, and due to cost, they are often used sparingly around the foundation, porch columns, or in spot locations. Stone veneer is made of natural or engineered synthetic materials, it is less expensive than stones, and more lightweight.  Stone is resistant to moisture, extreme temperatures, insects, and fire, and has no maintenance other than being periodically cleaned with a pressure washer.


Authentic brick siding is typically used on colonial, English Cottage, or Tudor style homes, and is made from fired red clay bricks which are held together with mortar.  Brick veneer can also be used as a siding over the exterior wall boards, and a waterproof membrane is installed between the veneer and the house to guard against water intrusion.


Natural wood siding (a.k.a. clapboard, lap, bevel, board and batten), is typically made from long planks of stained cedar, pine, spruce, fir, redwood, or cypress. Natural wood requires periodic staining or painting to maintain its strength, as it can be attacked by rodents or insects.


Fiber-cement siding is made of Portland cement, sand, and cellulose (wood) fibers. Wood fiber helps prevent cracking, as does a special curing process that leaves fiber cement with low moisture content. Fiber cement siding can be made to look like wood siding, stucco or masonry –  but it is less expensive.  It is non-flammable, low maintenance, and termite resistant. Factory paintings and finishes are highly recommended.


Shakes and shingles are usually made of cedar wood, and are stained grey or brown. The shingles blend well with natural surroundings like trees, lakes, and mountains.  Shingles can be cut into different shapes for added visual texture, and can be treated with a fire retardant before installation.


Steel or aluminum siding can be made to look similar to wood siding, or it can retain its industrial corrugated look; it is typically used on retro or modern home styles. Metal siding will not shrink, bulge, crack or flake, and is termite and fire resistant – but it does dent, scratch and fade.


Energy efficient siding increases the thermal insulation factor, so you use less energy and lower your energy costs.  A few tips are: 1) look for siding with a high “R” value, which means it is a better thermal insulator, and 2) add additional blown-in insulation inside wall cavities; or rigid foam insulation along the exterior walls before installing the new siding.