Siding Styles: 3 Options for Your Home

Siding StylesMost clients who remodel their homes are excited about what’s happening on the inside: the added space and new floors, paint, and finishes. But the changes made to the outside of your home matter just as much.

Siding is often a crucial part of tying your project together to create a total home transformation.

Today we’re breaking down the three leading types of siding options and their differences.


Craftsman Exterior by Dc Metro Siding & Exterior Contractors Vinyl Siding Institute

A popular choice, vinyl siding looks sharp and is reasonably priced. Vinyl does not peel or rot, meaning minimal upkeep. Over time, it will accumulate mold and grime and need a god power-washing, but its competitive price-point makes it worth the effort.


Wood siding provides a unique, timeless style. It is harder to install and more expensive, but appeals to those who want a natural product that changes over time. Wood siding will gradually change its look and finish, and will require maintenance like power-washing and sealing.

Cedar shake is an especially popular type of wood siding. With versatile shapes and sizes, cedar siding is a more rustic look, especially popular with cottage-style homes. An innovative design would be combining a colored vinyl siding with cedar shake accents, like this:

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A very popular choice for looks and longevity is Hardie siding. Hardie board is made of sand and cement, is fire resistant, and very durable. It is also versatile and can be designed to look like a variety of different types of material such as cedar or vinyl.

Hardie can be very expensive to install. At upwards of 40% more costly than vinyl, Hardie can be off-putting just based on price alone. However, its pros may definitely outweigh its price-point.

Check out this website for a thorough look at Hardie siding.

When choosing your siding, consider cost, maintenance requirements, and even other houses in your neighborhood to ensure you find the perfect fit for your home.

Wes Westcott
Wes Westcott
Wes Westcott is an entrepreneur, Baltimore sports fan, and Canadian ex-pat. He is currently a partner at Elevate Design Build, a leading home improvement company in Maryland.

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