Aluminum siding is out of date and really has no advantages in today’s market. It dents, it’s difficult to keep clean, and it’s hard to update it once it’s installed. Aluminum siding is not recommended, and most professional contractors won’t even install it.
Today’s mainstream siding material is vinyl. It is the most economical type of siding, coming in at $4 to $5 per square foot.
Available in a wide variety of colors, vinyl siding not only protects your home, it can make a statement. You can choose from whites, ivories, grays, browns, reds, greens and even blues — there’s a color for everyone.
In addition, vinyl is a complete self-flushing water-exclusion system. It is made to be water repellent and durable in any kind of weather. Its lightweight footprint makes it easy to install, which minimizes expenses.
Vinyl is low-maintenance and requires only periodic cleaning with a power washer every few years – more if you want it to really shine.
A step up from regular vinyl, premium vinyl gives you a more wood-like appearance. It’s usually a thicker vinyl that looks more rigid because it has no oil canning, as lighter vinyl does.
The upgrade to premium gives you more strength and longer lifespan. Many premium vinyl sidings also have integrated insulation or r-values (insulation grade) of 5 to 6.
Premium vinyl cost is generally higher than vinyl, at around $7 to 8 per square foot. Premium vinyl also comes in a rainbow of colors for customization and personalization
Wood siding provides a more rustic look for your home, with a more customized result.
The siding can be in long horizontal pieces or it can be shaped to suit your individual design needs. That’s the beauty of wood. You may want the look of clapboard – overlapping pieces of wood installed horizontally – or shingles – smaller pieces of wood overlapping like a shingled roof. Wood siding is a good choice for this façade.