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Your Guide to Home Siding

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

new home construction guide to home siding

Avoidable house maintenance, extra energy costs, undermined curb appeal, and a receding home value are a homeowner’s nightmare. To prevent them, you should invest in the right home siding. But what is siding, and what are its types? Join us on this house tour as we look at not the houses but their sidings!

What Is Home Siding?

Home siding, also known as house siding and exterior siding, is the material that goes on a building’s outer layer to protect it against the elements. It enhances aesthetics, maximizes interior comfort, and reduces long-term repair costs.

Siding comes in different materials, profiles, and types, so you’ll need some guidance. We’ll discuss the different options. Contact Zups Construction for more information about the benefits of home siding.

What Are Your Siding Choices?

Let’s look at the main home siding choices to help you choose the best type for your home.


Typically mistaken for part of the house structure, brick siding is only a veneer crafted from fired clay and attached to your wood-frame structure. It has gained popularity over the past decades. We’ve seen homeowners lean towards it because they live on noisy streets and would rather not hear their neighbors talk!


  • Bears the classic look of brick without being as costly

  • Requires little maintenance

  • Highly durable and fire-resistant

  • Offers noise and heat insulation

  • You can recycle or reuse it towards the end of its life


  • Water penetrates it, so it requires a water membrane between the brick and wood structure

  • Expensive compared to other types

  • Made from a highly emissive non-renewable material


Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It has remained the most popular siding type since the 1960s (although it has experienced some decline lately) thanks to its reasonable price range. When we work with clients who like complete control over the design and have a limited budget, we often turn to vinyl siding.


  • Inexpensive (in terms of material and installation)

  • Available in many profiles, such as shingles, shakes, fish scales, horizontal and vertical panels, and lap and beaded designs

  • Low maintenance

  • Lightweight

  • It may come with attached insulation


  • Not the best for nailing surfaces


Home Siding - New brown copper gutter in house with white wall and wooden planks

Another common home siding type is wood, which is versatile and aesthetically pleasing. You can find it in different tree species, with Redwood and Cedar being the best! We’ve come across some natively farmed, highly sustainable wood that can last its lucky homeowners 100 years without treatment! As for the prices, they differ according to the wood type and style.


  • Highly durable

  • Boosts your curb appeal

  • It fits all house types and sizes

  • Versatile (with numerous styles and colors, such as bevel, shingle, shake, tongue-and-groove, and clapboard)


  • Requires regular maintenance if you want to preserve its lifespan


Made of clay mixed with polymers or lightweight concrete, stone veneer siding gives you the look of the natural stone roofing type without its hefty costs. It withstands harsh weather conditions, especially slate, granite, and limestone. But install it yourself, and it might come crashing down. Just ask the frustrated Redditor who shared their failed DIY project with the community!


  • Arguably the most durable material, resisting harsh weather conditions

  • Fire-resistant

  • Offers that chic, timeless look to homes

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Requires little upkeep


  • Expensive


Stucco has been around for hundreds of years (especially in the South and Southwest), and with such versatility, it isn’t going anywhere! Experts apply the sand or lime mixture over foam insulation, which creates a weather-proof seal.


  • Reasonably priced

  • Can fit any architectural style

  • It cuts down energy use, thanks to its weather-proof seal

  • Long-lasting with the proper maintenance


  • It doesn’t have the best performance in humid climates.


House corner with beige siding covering the walls and scaffolding.

Metal siding is manufactured from aluminum, zinc, copper, or steel to give a home’s exterior that futuristic touch. But you need an expert for installation. When we see it done without enough visual breaks, it looks more like a pole barn or a tin shack than an industrial-style home!


  • Marked by longevity, sturdiness, and resistance

  • It gives you a streamlined look

  • Steel and aluminum are 100% recyclable

  • It comes in numerous architectural styles

  • Available in affordable siding materials


  • Can be dented

Fiber Cement

In the 1980s, the Australian company James Hardie Inc. mixed sand, cement or fly ash, and cellulose fiber, giving us fiber cement for the first time. If you want the aesthetic of painted wood in a more durable material, fiber cement is the way to go!


  • Water, UV ray, and termite-resistant

  • Fireproof

  • It lasts longer than wood (about 50 years)

  • Easy to maintain

  • You can choose clapboards, panels, or other fiber cement styles


  • Relatively expensive (but less expensive than wood siding)

  • It has a high environmental impact

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, we hope this guide to home siding has helped you find the right type for your home. If not, feel free to contact Zups Construction, and we’ll help you choose a siding option that performs and looks the best on your house!

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