What Are the Types of Siding?

Finding Your Perfect Siding

Each type of siding on the market comes with unique pros and cons, which is why we generally don’t rank them in any particular order. However, different types of siding are better for different homes, depending on each house’s aesthetics and overall structure. Plus, siding upkeep can vary widely, which means that careful consideration of material is essential for a long-lasting project.

As your Eden Prairie siding experts, Gassen Construction & Maintenance is here with a brief guide to four common types of siding: vinyl, steel, fiber cement, and wood.

Vinyl Siding

A well-loved classic, vinyl siding is installed on many American homes today, both old and new. Minnesota homeowners across the greater Twin Cities metro area choose vinyl siding for its affordability, durability, and versatility.

  • Vinyl siding provides amazing economic value in relation to its strength. It’s also easy to install, saving you labor costs.
  • Vinyl siding doesn’t require repainting, is slow to fade in the sun, and is easy to replace when the time comes.
  • Vinyl siding comes in a wide range of colors and textures and can be installed horizontally or vertically. The design options are endless!

All that said, vinyl siding might not last as long as other types of siding, such as steel, and its energy efficiency is often dependent on the quality of the insulation underneath.

Steel Siding

Once limited to industrial applications, modern steel siding has made its way into the residential sphere. Steadfast and sturdy, it’s known primarily for its durability and modern aesthetic charm.

Indeed, few things are tougher than metal, and sleet, snow, hail, or harsh rains will be no match for your steel siding. When a steel siding installation is properly maintained, it practically coats your home in a suit of armor!

Look-wise, steel siding brings a unique, polished flair to the table that few other siding types do. However, it can also be made to mimic other siding types like wood for those who appreciate more traditional styles.

The singular major con to steel siding is its price. Frankly, it can cost a great deal more than some other siding types. But you truly do get what you pay for, as steel siding installation will give your family protection for decades and prolonged peace of mind.

Fiber Cement Siding

Made of a mixture of wood shreds and specially-designed auxiliary materials, fiber cement siding is the perfect choice for the homeowner who isn’t ready to commit fully to wood siding yet. It’s tough against the sun and phenomenally resistant to pests.

Like the name implies, fiber cement siding is made of some tough stuff. Any mouse looking for a winter home will think twice about taking a bite out of it! Moreover, its partially inorganic composition takes it off the menu for termites and carpenter ants.

A fiber cement siding installation does need to be painted regularly, though many brands have taken steps to make their fiber cement siding’s original colors last longer.

Wood Siding

Wood siding is the pinnacle of beauty. If you can’t settle for anything less than nature’s work of art, it’s the right siding type for you. It’s also available in a wide variety of styles that pay homage to history, such as board and batten and split logs.

However, before walking into a wood siding installation, you should know that natural wood siding needs a lot of care to keep looking its best. Painting or staining it regularly is critical to keeping it looking its best, as it can be quite appetizing to insects otherwise.

Gassen Construction & Maintenance: Your One-Stop Siding Shop

Wood siding, vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, or steel siding – we’re here for you with our top-quality siding installation expertise and our legendary customer service. To get started on a new project for your home or HOA, give our Eden Prairie office a call today at 952-922-5575, or use our website to request a free quote.

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