There are many siding materials in the market today, leaving a wide variety to choose from. Each option of siding materials has its strengths and weaknesses. Their application depends on the home’s appearance and the budget, plus climatic conditions. Below is a more in depth look at the different types of siding materials.
1. Cypress Material
This bead-board cypress panelling is measured by linear foot. Considering a panel of 1-inch by 6-inch, its price per linear foot is around $2, while the price per linear foot for a panel of 1-inch by 4-inch tends to be less.
2. Vinyl Material
These may be what you would call plastic siding materials. They offer the would-be siding owner a chance to be creative with designs that have decorative details. Siding made out of vinyl is resistant to most weather, but tends to get brittle when faced with very cold climates. Apart from being durable and easy to install it is the cheapest. Prices tend to range from $2 to $4 per square foot.
3. Fibre Cement Siding
This one is slightly more costly than vinyl materia, but is still a popular choice. The prices of fiber cement siding range from $3 to $4 per square foot.
4. Metal Siding
The second cheapest siding material is metal. Usually aluminium or steel is used. The selection of these sidings is wide. The pre-finished colors used are found in styles like lap plus vertical. Metal sidings are also resistant to wind, dents and only need a little maintenance. Price per square foot ranges from $3 to $5 per square foot.
5. Wood and Hardboard
This siding material is also inexpensive and comprises of small wood bits combined with special resins. They are treated using repellents and insecticides in a bid to fight off fungus and insects. Hardboard is also not costly and is made of wood fibers. Price per square foot ranges from $3.50 to $6.50 for hard wood and they drop to 2.50 to $3.50 for plywood.
6. Stucco Material
Stucco is made out of various materials such as sand, cement and latex. While cement and sand stucco is cheap, latex is costly. Price per square foot ranges from $4 to $9.
7. Slate Shingles
This material has a span of 75 years or longer and is extremely resistant to heat, cold and fire. The price of slate shingle is about $5 per square foot.
8. Brick Material
There are two types of brick siding materials: real brick and used brick materials. Price per square foot for real brick ranges from $6 to $12, while used brick is generally $18 and above.
9. Stone Material
These types of siding materials are very durable and can be found in a wide range of colors and texture. Price per square foot for natural stone ranges from $15 to $30.