Everything You Need to Know About Siding Materials

June 2, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Siding Materials

Your home’s siding is an aesthetic element that adds value and beauty to your home and protects your home exterior. When it comes to your home’s siding, it is probably one of the most important layers of protection for your home, so there’s no room for error.

The average homeowner pays $ 5,000 to $ 14,050 to install a new siding. Professional installers who provide siding services in Ottawa have the knowledge, experience, and tools needed to install different types of siding, including fiber cement, vinyl, wood, and metal.

For siding, always choose a material that is aesthetically pleasing and durable, easy to maintain, and provides proper insulation. Depending on the type of project, there are pros and cons of siding materials to consider, along with the current climate, installation requirements, their versatility, durability, and warranty.


Wood siding is one of the most attractive home siding options. Wood siding is usually made of cedar or redwood. This is because these species are highly resistant to rot. It is available in both horizontal and vertical profiles, including traditional shakes and shingles. The wooden clapboard is one of the oldest types of house siding and its beauty can be seen in many historic houses. The main drawbacks of wood panels are their high cost and relatively high maintenance requirements.


Metal siding has become a popular siding option for new homes over the years with very little maintenance. Steel siding is a form of metal siding that combines both iron and carbon. Stainless steel has protective chromium mixed in with the steel and is cheaper than wood siding. The main drawback of metal siding is denting.


Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic resin that is a known carcinogen. It has become one of the most popular siding materials following metal. Moreover, It is cheaper than metal siding. Like aluminum, vinyl siding is provided in strips with interlocking edges. A special tool called the zip tool is used to connect and disconnect the siding strips. Vinyl is often applied to the old wooden siding. It can be prone to cracking in cold weather if subjected to impact. Proper installation is important or the siding may distort or bend.

Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is a luxurious option for siding. Due to its high cost, real stone siding is not a budget-friendly option for an average homeowner. Stone veneer siding can be created to mimic a variety of natural stones. Stone veneer siding is lighter than real stone and requires less foundation preparation. Installing stone veneer siding is easier than actual stone siding. The main drawback is that it is the most expensive material for siding.


Hard bricks are made from clay and shale to support a house structurally built with two layers of bricks, or a concrete block with one layer of bricks on the exterior.

Brick siding is a durable building material and requires minimal maintenance. It can also be easily “recycled” or recycled for future use. One of the drawbacks of brick siding or brick veneer is that its material is costly. Homeowners can expect to pay $ 5 to $ 15 per square foot for installation. And after giving labor cost, the amount becomes unaffordable for an average earning person.


Traditional stucco is made from construction sand, lime, water and Portland cement. It is not recommended to install it directly. Firstly, waterproof barrier paper and a galvanized metal shield should be installed on top of the wooden wall to provide a good base for stucco to protect the walls underneath.

Stucco is durable with a warranty of 15-20 years. However, a well maintained stucco lasts for about 100 years. It is resident to fire and insects. Although it is effective in most climates, it catches moisture in damp climates. So, it can cause moisture problems to your house.

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