When it comes to installing siding, you've got a variety of material to choose from. The materials you choose and the square footage to be covered are the biggest factors affecting cost.
Benefits of vinyl siding include its looks, minimal maintenance and cost. It does not require painting like metal or wood siding, and for the most part looks brand new when rained on. If you want to wash it, all you need is a garden hose or power washer. Vinyl siding has a long life with persistent beauty and low maintenance. It is a durable plastic that will not rot or flake, available in several dozen colors, and can mimic architectural details that were once made from wood and stone. Consider vinyl siding if you don't want to have to update your exterior paint every seven to 10 years.
You can buy metal siding in a variety of types, shapes and colors. The most commonly used types are steel and aluminum.
Steel holds its color and dents less. While it costs more, it saves you money over its lifetime. Often the siding is coated with durable PVC to handle extreme climates found in the north and south. Having this coating means not having to paint the siding very often, as it retains the color through the harsh winters and summers.
Aluminum siding is the cheaper option of the two. The siding fades or appears chalky after a few seasons. It also dents easily should hail or heavy rain hit it. It's often used on manufactured homes because it saves money. The cost to you will come should you need to replace a piece of it, since oftentimes you can't find an exact match to the one on your home. This type of siding works best in beach areas as compared to steel, since the latter will rust in that climate.
Wood siding has a lot of character and looks great, but it requires a lot of maintenance. It can be tougher to install because a professional will want to match the wood grain and is sometimes hard to lay flat. However, wood siding can be cheaper to install than vinyl siding. There are various types of wood siding you can install, including:
Wooden sheets: grooved boards laid to look like a shed or barn layout
Liquid spray-on siding
Liquid spray-on siding is different from traditional siding. It provides a waterproof and mildew-resistant exterior coating for your home. It can lower energy bills, requires little maintenance and lasts for a very long time, 25 years before showing signs of age. It also resists dirt accumulation, comes in hundreds of colors and can be applied to nearly any surface.
Brick and stone siding
Brick and stone masonry siding have a number of benefits. They give your home an immediate luxurious, finished and classic look. They are also relatively low maintenance and will last for many years. They can keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer since they provide ideal insulation. However, brick and stone siding can be prohibitively expensive for many. Although you may save in energy costs, the short-term cost is very high. Installation is also expensive and time-consuming. It requires the work of a mason, which is a specialized field and cannot be installed over just any surface like many other types of siding.
This type of siding is meant to replace vinyl siding in recent years as a new energy-efficient option. It's covered with polystyrene foam (EPS) that acts as a filler between the home and the siding. Having that extra layer allows for environmental energy reduction of almost 20 percent as reported by the government. It also has an extended life value of 50 years, as compared to other kinds of siding. It holds up better against weather conditions, needing little maintenance and protected against mold growth. It is more expensive to install than vinyl, but it draws more benefits over time than either metal or vinyl for homeowners.
Siding can almost be made of materials like asphalt and fiber cement. These options are chosen for their durability and to make houses look a certain way for resale though, so check into them before deciding whether they're worth the investment. They will be more expensive.
Cost of siding will also depend on how big your home is in square feet. If you have a smaller home, you might consider going with a high-end option like metal or insulated siding. However if your home is going to be quite large, vinyl might be the most affordable option for your siding budget.