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The Different Types of Siding

Replacing the siding on your home is one of the best investments you can make to your home. You'll see the value of your home increase and the rate of return is almost 100%. There are several types of siding used for residential applications. They include: Vinyl, metal, wood and fake brick.

Vinyl Siding:
* Most popular siding type in US
* Impact resistant
* Long lasting
* Low maintenance
* No painting necessary as with wood siding
* Insulating properties
* Durable- can sustain winds over 100 mph
* Hundreds of color options
* Cost: $1-$7 per square foot

Metal Siding:
* Available in steel or aluminum
* Became less popular after the 1960s when vinyl became accessible
* Lightweight aluminum makes for easy installation
* Can last over 30 years with proper maintenance
* Can dent and scratch easily
* Can fade
* Cost: $3-$4 per square foot

Wood Siding
* Threat of termites
* Lots of maintenance involved including painting
* Fire hazard
* Can provide a classic, traditional look
* Cost: About $7-$10 per square foot

Fake Brick Siding
* Synthetic paneling that is cheaper than bricks
* No chipping or cracking, which can happen with bricks
* Easy to install
* Easy to maintain
* Easy to clean
* Cost: $4-$7 per square foot

Fiber Cement Siding
* Made from cement, wood fiber and sand
* Resembles wood, stucco or masonry
* Can last up to 50 years
* Heavy and requires specialized tools and installation
* Cost: $5-$9 per square foot

Stone Siding
* Often used just on the from of a building or as an accent to another siding material
* Heavy, which complicate installation
* Some maintenance- needs to be washed at least once a year
* One of the most expensive siding types
* Cost: $12-$30 per square foot


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