RenoQuotes.com has prepared a comparison chart presenting different exterior siding materials that are available on the market. The most commonly used are brick, aluminum and vinyl.
When choosing your exterior siding material, one of the most important things to take into consideration is the weather conditions that prevail in the area where you live. Don't hesitate to ask your contractor for some advice. They will be able to help you. Try to determine your budget.
Prices vary greatly from one material to another. You should also take into account the amount of time you are willing to put into the maintenance of the outdoor siding. If you opt for wood, know that it will require a lot more work than brick, for example.
Different types of exterior siding materials
Exterior siding type
One of the most popular choices;
Available in different colours and textures;
Vinyl siding costs approximately $2 to $7/square foot.
Easy to install;
Shock and scratch resistant.
If it isn't properly installed, the material can warp;
Vinyl can be affected by the temperature;
Under sun rays, dark colours can become pale.
It can be painted to match any colour you wish
Click here to learn more about the pros and cons of aluminum siding;
Aluminum siding costs about $4 to $10/square foot.
Very resistant to strong winds and temperature changes;
Less shock resistant than vinyl;
If bumped, chances are a permanent mark will appear;
Not fire resistant.
Gives extra value to the house due to its noble nature;
Galvanized or aluminum nails must be used to prevent rust;
It can be painted or stained;
Available in many different colours and textures;
It can be used on one section of the wall, in order to add a nice stylish touch to the house;
Between $5 and $14 per square foot
Beware of fires!
Must be treated to prevent mould;
Requires more maintenance compared to other materials: flax oil treatment every 5 years;
Contact your local authorities to know if this type of siding is allowed.
Wood fibre siding (cannexel)
Engineered wood: wood fibre, resin and wax;
Top quality wood imitation;
Found in many different colours, textures and designs;
Approx. $3 to $11.50 per sq. foot, including installation.
Requires little maintenance;
Better resistance against humidity and UV rays compared to regular wood;
Good for the environment.
Mix of cement, sand, and cellulose;
Can be smooth or textured, sold in boards or panels;
Architect associations warn owners about using this type of material;
Fibrocement panels cost approximately $3.50 to $8.50/square foot.
It is apparently very resistant against fires and bad weather;
Unlikely to develop mould or to attract parasites;
Some affirm that it is very durable (although others have disputed this fact)**
Doesn't require a lot of maintenance.
**The Quebec Architect's association has noted that although it has been presented as durable, it is not as resistant as it should be: cracks, discolouration and chipping are common problems. However, manufacturers say that this is not true.
Manufacturers say that past problems have been fixed. You'll have to check with your contractor to get their opinion on the matter.
Brick exterior siding
Still a very popular option amongst homeowners;
Brick exterior siding costs around $10.50 to $43/square foot.
Very good for soundproofing;
Lasts a long time;
Requires little maintenance.
The house's structure must be thicker to support the weight of the brick. Therefore, this may create extra costs;
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