Siding Types


Siding, a decorative and functional building material placed on the exterior of a home to protect it from the elements, is available in many materials, from conventional vinyl to engineered wood. The style and siding material that you choose will likely depend on the type of homes in your area, your home’s specific style, and local climate. (For example, wood siding would not be practical in hot desert climates such as Arizona, because the wood could expand and welt in high temperatures.)

Below you will find links to articles on the various types of siding used throughout the US on residential homes. Once you choose your siding type, the next step is finding a reliable siding contractor to install the siding for you.

Vinyl Siding: Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding choices in the United States. Vinyl siding is manufactured with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is what gives it impact resistance, rigidity and strength. Vinyl siding is available in numerous colors and textures.

Metal Siding (Aluminum or Steel): Metal siding has been around for decades and continues to be a popular choice for homeowners, as it is one of the most durable and low-maintenance siding choices. It’s fire- and insect-proof. In addition, aluminum siding does not rust and is lightweight, which allows easier installation than some other siding types.

Wood Board Siding: There are several types of wood board siding, from lap siding to clapboard siding. Wood siding has the most classic and traditional look available, and it features the natural beauty of the wood itself. Wood board siding is made of softwood lumber and can last up to 30 years if maintained very well. The drawbacks to wood siding are the high cost of real wood and issues with flammability and potential insect infestation.

Wood Shingle Siding: Wood shingle siding is usually made out of cedar or treated pine. Because of its high flammability, this type of siding has been restricted in some regions in the US.

Hardboard & OSB Siding: Hardboard and OSB (Oriented Strand Board) siding are engineered wood products and are very popular siding types as they are less expensive than solid wood and they are available in numerous styles. Hardboard and OSB siding are not recommended for very damp and rainy climates.

Plywood Siding: Plywood is known for its ease of installation. The most common plywood species are Douglas fir, western red cedar, redwood and southern pine, making for a broad range of textures and patterns. Two of the biggest drawbacks to plywood siding are termites and moisture.

Fiber Cement Siding: Fiber cement siding is composed of Portland cement mixed with wood fiber. This relatively new composite siding type offers resistance to two major problems -- insects and fire. It's also easy-care and holds up well in all climates.

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Updated August 22, 2018.

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