There are many modern options in siding for the exterior of a home; it is usually classified as the clothing that we humans wear. In so much as that may be the case because the clothes we wear are dependent on factors like location, climate and the impression we want to create like the exterior of a home, it also differs greatly because unlike clothing it is difficult to keep changing the siding or exterior of a home repeatedly. Choosing the siding for a home is a 'once in a life-time' choice that will keep the home looking good for a long time.
The common material options used for siding are brick, stucco and tiles but there are equally fascinating options like fiber cement, metal and wood to choose from. Factors like price, quality and color also play an important part.
These are some of the interesting home exterior siding options to look at.
• Horizontal Lap Siding – These can be made from a variety of materials like aluminum, fiber cement, vinyl and wood and come in a range of colors; they are a perfect and natural choice for traditional style or colonial homes.
• Board and Batten – Available in fiber cement and wood, they are a good choice like the horizontal lap siding for traditional homes; in addition, they can create a vertical emphasis creating an impression of height or making homes appear taller.
In combination with horizontal lap siding, the board and batten can create a rural inspired exterior look.
• Brick – An ideal choice for most home exteriors due to many reasons – colors, sizes, patterns, textures, all-weather resistant durability, price and low maintenance.
• Fiber Cement – Provides a contemporary appeal with a flat and uniform surface by use of large fiber cement sheet panels.
• Metal – Metal sidings of copper and corrugated steel are very durable and are usually chosen for contemporary homes with an aesthetic appeal; however, it is not a commonly used material for home exterior siding.
• Shingles – Also called 'shakes' they are most suitable for homes that have an aesthetic appeal. Shingles are available in fiber cement, polymer and wood.
• Stone – Also very durable and low on maintenance, stone sidings come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures and are highly adaptable on any surface.
• Stucco – An all-time favorite for home exterior to cover large surfaces, this is available in natural as well as synthetic forms and comes in coarse or fine textures. It is well suited to all home types but is most commonly associated with colonial Spanish style homes and its popularity is aided by the factor that natural stucco allows the walls to 'breathe', ie provides for easy passage of air and moisture through it.
• Wood Strip Siding – The only factor that is seen as a disadvantage in this type of siding is that if insufficient waterproofing membrane is not provided inside, it can allow water seepage that damages the home interior. It is generally used as a flat or horizontal siding.