While you are deciding between types of siding to install on the exterior of your home, one important factor to consider is how much upkeep each one will require. Some types of siding need to be cleaned, repainted, and refinished on a regular basis, and others require hardly any maintenance at all. The cost of upkeep needs to be considered as part of the investment in new exterior siding. Three types of exterior siding that are the easiest to maintain are stone, stucco, and brick. These are the most durable materials for siding, though they tend to come with higher prices. It is a good idea to keep this is mind when making your final siding selection.
Stone siding can be made from either natural or artificial stone; it results in a unique look and adds curb appeal. Stone siding easily lasts for decades with little to no maintenance; the only occasional issue may be cracks in the mortar that can easily be filled in with small amounts of new mortar. When dirt or mud builds up on your stone siding, all that is needed to clean it is a spray from the garden hose nozzle.
Stone siding is one of the most expensive types in terms of labor and materials, so this is a trade-off to keep in mind if you are considering this type of siding. Both stone and brick are known for their better rates of insulation against hot and cold weather. This can lead to savings on energy bills, eventually helping to offset some of the initial installation costs.
Natural stucco siding is made from a mixture of materials such as cement and sand. It lends more design flexibility because you can easily add colored pigments to it and texture the stucco while applying it. It also comes as synthetic, which is less expensive than natural stucco. Installing stucco is also a relatively quick and easy project, particularly if you already have some experience spreading cement or mortar with a trowel.
Like stone, the costs of stucco can be higher. It also needs little upkeep, though it is recommended to have it periodically inspected to make sure no water has started to seep underneath, causing the stucco to separate from the side of the house. This can occasionally happen in areas with frequent rain, and any small areas of water seepage need to be fixed right away to prevent larger and costly repairs.
Brick siding is also available in synthetic and natural form. It is one of the most sturdy materials for exterior siding and can withstand rain storms, fire, mildew, and any other variety of elements. Brick siding is also one of the more expensive types, though on average it costs a few dollars less per square foot than stone. Installing it can often lead to savings on home insurance premiums as well as the costs of heating and cooling. Brick siding can last for many years with no need for upkeep. On rare occasions, noticeable cracks may appear in the mortar or a brick may loosen. This wear and tear is easily fixed by applying new mortar and/or installing a replacement brick.