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Siding Choices

Masonry

Brick and stone are strong materials that are both water and fire resistant. This type of siding is highly durable, holding up well to hot and cold extremes. It also provides natural insulation that keeps the home interior a comfortable temperature. Masonry options include cultured stone, a man-made product that simulates the look of natural stone, and real stone veneers, which can incorporate granite, marble, slate or other stone materials. What’s more, masonry protects the house against extreme weather such as high wind gusts, driving rain and hail.

Wood

With proper care, wood will hold up in all weather conditions. It’s important to perform periodic maintenance such as sealing to protect this material, especially in colder climates. Wood can give a home a timeless, inviting look. There are many types of wood to choose from, including cedar, redwood, and cypress. Wood provides natural insulation. It can be stained to suit virtually any color scheme. This material requires a bit of extra work to keep it in good shape through changing weather conditions, but for many homeowners, the results are worth it.

Engineered Wood

An alternative to natural wood planks is engineered wood. This material is fabricated from wood fibers and is better able to withstand weather extremes. It holds up well against heat and humidity. Engineered wood is easy to install and is considered environmentally friendly. It does not require the maintenance that standard wood needs. In addition, it stands up better to all types of harsh weather, from hail to hot sun.

Metal

Perhaps the most important benefit of metal siding is its durability. From aluminum to steel, metal offers excellent protection against the elements. Metal is not adversely affected by heat, and it’s the top choice to protect a home against fire. It holds up extremely well in all conditions, including cold and snowy, hot and humid, and rainy and windy. With metal siding, thickness is an important consideration, especially in places where hail is common.