New Siding Types Can Dress Up Your Home

When it comes to upgrading your home, siding choices come in a wide variety of materials. Some of the most common and popular, however, are vinyl, fiber cement, and wood.

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Popular Siding Types Pricing and Features:

  • Vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is durable and easy to maintain, and generally the most affordable of siding types. For do-it-yourself projects, local home improvement stores will likely quote you in the neighborhood of $15 to $20 a board for 12 ft boards of standard white vinyl at 1/2-inch thickness. For professionally installed siding, costs for an average home--1,800 exterior square feet--can range from $4,000 to $13,000 depending on the depth of the project and whether or not you are tearing off old siding or covering over existing material. An average estimate from a local siding provider should be around $7,000 to $8,000 for a very standard replacement siding. Types of disadvantages of vinyl are that under some conditions it may crack, fade, or appear dingy over time.
  • Fiber cement siding. Types of fiber cement siding generally differ by style, with less emphasis on thickness. Fiber cement siding is composed of a mixture of cement, sand and cellulose fiber that provides the visual appeal of wood, stucco, or stone, without many of the maintenance issues those traditional siding types may experience in certain climates. Fiber cement and vinyl siding are often very comparable in price, according to a representative from US Siding and Windows Co.; however, you can expect to pay slightly less for vinyl depending on quality and style. On average, costs for fiber cement siding will add on about $3,000 to $4,000 more than vinyl siding and installation.
  • Wood siding. Wood siding is a classic choice, noteworthy for its durability. It can last thirty years or more, looking nearly new if cared for properly, and as such, is typically the most expensive of your siding options. Cedar is generally the most expensive wood siding, but prices for wood siding vary according to timber availability. Installing cedar siding on 1,800 exterior square feet would cost roughly $14,000; by comparison, pine often costs about $2,000 less.

The biggest disadvantage of wood siding is the level of maintenance necessary to keep it conditioned. Regular painting and staining of wood siding is essential to keep the home in good shape.

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