The Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Types of Siding for Milwaukee Homes

Your home’s siding is one of the most important aspects of your home from an aesthetic standpoint. Ideally, you want a siding option that makes a statement but isn’t too difficult to keep up.

There are many factors to consider when you’re choosing between different types of siding for your home. And it’s a big decision, both aesthetically and financially.

To help you, we’ve compiled a guide on the pros and cons of various siding options. Read on to learn more.

New home with vinyl siding, gutters, roof

Types of Siding

Vinyl

This is one of the most commonly used types of siding. Vinyl siding, which is fabricated from plastic that is flexible, is popular with homeowners throughout Wisconsin due to its durability and longevity. In fact, some vinyl siding products come with lifetime warranties.

Additional Benefits of Vinyl

Other reasons to choose vinyl? You can choose from among a wide range of color options. In addition, vinyl can easily be textured to look like wood. Better yet, unlike wood, it won’t decay or be susceptible to termites.

Vinyl is also relatively easy to clean. Just some water and a power washer are all you need to keep your siding looking spic and span. Finally, if you’re budget conscious, vinyl’s your best option, as you probably can’t find a cheaper siding material.

Cons of Vinyl

Vinyl siding does have its challenges, however. For instance, even though vinyl is made to resist water, it isn’t necessarily waterproof. This means that if your vinyl siding isn’t installed properly, water could seep behind the paneling, thus leading to issues like mold.

Also, vinyl can bend and warp in extreme cold and heat. Your vinyl siding may additionally develop gashes and dents due to hail, tree limbs, and wayward baseballs.

Fiber Cement

This type of siding is formed from cellulose, sand, and cement. It’s another popular option in that it is even more durable than vinyl is and is even easier to maintain.

Additional Benefits of Fiber Cement

Like vinyl, fiber cement is available in a wide range of styles and hues. However, some people find it superior to vinyl because it is damage and fire resistant.

Yet another major plus to fiber cement is that it feels and looks like real wood, but isn’t prone to decay or rot like wood is.

Cons of Fiber Cement

Although fiber cement certainly has a number of pluses, it has a few downsides, too. For instance, it is more expensive than vinyl, and it does require painting every 12 to 15 years.

Also, because color doesn’t completely infiltrate fiber cement as it does vinyl, you’ll have to touch up fiber cement siding if it becomes damaged or chipped.

Engineered Wood

Siding made of engineered wood is fabricated by binding together wood fragments using a resin binder. Here are some of its pros and cons.

Advantages of Engineered Wood

Engineered wood siding doesn’t have the types of flaws you’d see in real wood siding. On top of this, it is more affordable than wood while still looking classy and beautiful.

Engineered wood is also designed to last you as many as three decades and is virtually maintenance free.

Cons of Engineered Wood

The main challenge with engineered wood is its greater susceptibility to environment-related wear and tear compared with real wood. Outside of this, it is generally a great choice if you’re looking for a nice-looking and reliable siding product.

How We Can Help

If you’re considering siding for your home, call us. We offer high-quality residential siding services and products for property owners in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Ozaukee counties.

Contact us to find out more about what types of siding might work best for your home.