Have you ever driven home after a long day of work and paused at the top of your driveway to look at your house? Maybe something just isn’t looking right, although it’s hard to put your finger on it.
(We’ll give you a hint: It might be your siding!)
Siding is an important element of your home. Most homeowners want their siding to be:
- Functional 🔧
- Beautiful 😍
- Sturdy 💪
It’s a tall ask, and if you are in the market for new siding, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to you. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the most popular siding styles for homes. We’re breaking down what styles look best, how much they will cost, and the benefits of installing new siding.
When Is It Time to Get New Siding? 🕰️
How do you know if your house is in need of a siding update? Here are some of the key factors to look out for.
- Rotting Siding – Rotting siding is an inevitability after repeated exposure to the elements. Unfortunately, rotting siding can allow water to get past the outer layer of your home and create water damage.
- Outdated Look – Siding is designed to protect your home, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want it to look good. If your home is in need of some modernization or curb appeal, new siding can help enormously.
- Gaps and Cracks – Different types of siding can expand and contract with changing weather. Over time, this can lead to gaps and cracks where moisture can get in. If you are noticing gaps and cracks in your siding, it might be time to consider making the switch.
- Mold Growth – Finding black or white spots on your siding? You could be experiencing mold growth on your siding. Mold growth is a sure sign that your siding has lost its ability to protect your home against moisture.
- Extreme Maintenance – Not all siding is created equal. Some types of siding require more maintenance than others. As time passes, you may find that you no longer have the free time or capability to give your existing siding the maintenance it needs.
What Should I Look For in New Siding? 👀
When it comes to choosing your new siding, there are a few things that you’ll want to consider.
- Your Home Style – We love seeing homeowners getting creative with their design choices. That being said, it’s still important to take the style of your home into consideration when deciding what siding styles work best for you. After all, if you live in a 1980’s rambler smack dab in the middle of suburbia, log vinyl siding might look a little out of place, no matter how much you love the look.
- Weather Conditions – Siding is an important design element that protects your home from the elements. That’s why it is important to choose siding styles that are designed with your particular climate in mind.
- Your Budget – It’s good to go into the siding buying process with a budget in mind. This can help you choose a siding that is affordable and functional.
- Maintenance Level – As we said before, different siding styles require different levels of maintenance. Before you install new siding, be sure that you
- Resale Value – Many homeowners decide to add new siding to their homes in the hopes of increasing the resale value further down the road. While new siding certainly will increase the value of your home, that might not necessarily be a good thing. We recommend taking note of what other homes in your neighborhood are selling for. That will help give you a good idea of how much money you might want to spend on siding if you are hoping to make back the cost.
6 Popular Siding Styles
So, what type of siding is best for your home? Here are some of the most popular options on the market!
1) Cedar Shake Siding
Are you looking to create a rustic, natural look for your home? Cedar shakes might be the perfect choice for you!
This natural wood siding style looks beautiful on almost every home. We love the organic feel of it and how the beauty of the wood changes over time.
That said, this is definitely a high-maintenance option, as cedar shingle siding needs to be power washed every spring in order to stay functional and beautiful.
2) Clapboard Siding
Clapboard siding is one of the most popular styles of siding. It helps give your home a traditional look instantly and can be very versatile in terms of color.
3) Vinyl Wood Grain Siding
If you like the classic look of clapboard siding but want something that feels a bit more natural, vinyl wood grain siding may work well for you. Vinyl siding is popular due to its durability and versatility. We like wood grain siding because it looks like real wood but without the maintenance that wood siding requires.
4) Board and Batten Siding
Board and batten siding makes a huge style impact! This classic siding style is perfect for homes that want to create a farmhouse aesthetic. Despite it often being used for older homes, it still has a modern, unexpected edge that makes it perfect for any home.
5) Dutch Lap Siding
Dutch lap is another type of vinyl siding that is a popular style for many homes. While at first glance, it may look similar to clapboard siding, it actually is structured in a way that makes it look as if each piece is overlapping.
6) Shingle Siding
Shingle siding creates a homey, old-fashioned look for any house. Shingle siding can be purchased in a wide range of styles, including straight edge, scalloped, and split shake. We recommend looking into vinyl shingles that will stand the test of time.
Find A Trusted Siding Contractor ☎️
Ready to add new siding to your home? Our siding experts at Northface Construction are here to help! We use top brands and quality materials to ensure that your siding can protect your home against the elements while looking beautiful. Contact us today to set up your free consultation!