Types of Siding Materials for Homefront Areas


Siding is a common practice on U.S classic neighborhoods, not only for the esthetics but for the covering advantages that materials like these add. Therefore, whether is for the look or the temperature protection, siding materials are innumerable and FinishBuild would love to dedicate this post focused on learning the types of materials you can choose in order to provide your house an outstanding front-side.

First of all we would like you to take into account that not all residential areas are made for siding procedures, so check first your neighborhood conditions and regulations. The rules covering exterior alterations vary from area to area, and this habitually depends on weather conditions, or whether the building is in a historic district. On the topic of choosing the right exterior cladding material rest on your personal preferences and budget. In addition, we suggest you to be wise on choosing the correct fasteners for the material and your weather conditions. Tip, you will require rust-resistant nails for exterior work.

Siding is often found on fresher houses, and some homes are partially covered in siding for decorative effect. Others embrace siding due to its weatherproofing function. Siding boards material come on different combinations such as wooden, fiber cement board, vinyl, and aluminum. Its installation process it is not that difficult metal-based boards are typically attached to the house with distinctive clips and channels.

Siding should be applied on top of either building paper which acts as a moisture barrier. In other cases a breather membrane that has the advantage of stopping water from entering a wall. This membrane allows vapor within the wall to escape, which is a nice distinction on sunny days. In case you have a block house, in order to provide anchor points for the nails or screws to attach the siding you may need a series of furring strips over the paper or membrane.

Wood clapboard

When it comes to types of siding Wood clapboard siding is among the traditional option, available on classic looks, such as, historic homes and some old public establishments. This material comes on a wide variety of styles, textures and colors. One of the main characteristic of the wood clapboard or beveled siding is that it comes on a horizontal direction and has overlapping joints.

On the other hand there is also the possibility of having vertical siding, regularly found as board siding or wood plank, with presentations on boards and batten, board on board and the channel-groove style. Regarding tight budgets, plywood is also available on siding materials, which allows traditional resembling on batten designs. Commonly known with the name of T-111, exterior plywood can also do the job for your home appearance.

Aluminum siding

Aluminum siding materials come in strips and they have perforated holes at the top in order to attach it to the exterior walls and interlocking flanges top and bottom to seal temperature conditions. In addition its presentations come on vertical and horizontal panels and prefinished colors. Textures include  wood patterns.

Vinyl siding

A very accessible material, vinyl is always a good choice. Vinyl siding materials come in strips that have perforated holes at the top, in order to ease the fastening process into the exterior wall and interlocking flanges top and bottom to seal against weather, a special tool called zip tool is used to join and separate the siding strips.

On the other hand, the gamma that vinyl has, allows you to choose from unique and outstanding patterns and shades. These types of siding also come on horizontal and vertical presentations and are very easy to maintain. Regularly, they are very inexpensive. Nevertheless, vinyl or plastic coated aluminum is way more expensive.


This can be applied directly to blocks or bricks, or onto metal laths (sheets of wire mesh that help adhesion) to provide a decorative, weatherproofing coat that protects a wall’s structure. There are several finishing options, from smooth stucco using some slight texture, to rough style but uniform rough finish that is applied over smooth stucco.

Some topcoats have extra features, such as enhanced water-proofing properties, or suitability for finishing with outside-quality paint. Investigate your options with your builder or supplier, who will also be able to advise you on the quantities needed, and any waterproofing measures that may be necessary.

Regarding installation FinishBuild recommends that at times of extreme weather conditions, such as rain season, which can seriously affect the way stucco adheres; it is better and also wise to avoid the installation process. For those less experienced at DIY or the novice who wants the look of stucco, EIFS is an option. Made in panels, this material is similar to finished stucco and easier to install but requires careful flashing, so you will need professional help even for this option.

When it comes to cover your home exteriors quality on any of the materials you choose is the key. Siding can be a defining feature of your residential or commercial exteriors. Therefore, it can also help to ensure a success that never happens twice: a positive first impression from the outside in. Of course when it comes to investing in your exterior, there are practical benefits too such as, structural strength, improved insulation, and weather resistance. These facts make siding materials a wise match to that place often called home sweet home.

Taking all the help you need is wise, the cutting for later in the installation process you may want to leave it to a professional. That way, you can see exactly where pieces will fit, take your time to think of marking a line on either side using a box cutter, then fold the pieces and pull them apart. It is always a a great experience to write for you, because by helping you we help our staff on any task you have, nevertheless remind yourself that working together is always better and more effective.

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