5 Siding Options for Custom Homes
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
There are more options when it comes to siding then there ever have been in history. Especially for those of you looking to design a high-end home, your siding options are plentiful. There are pros and cons to each type, however, so let’s go over the general costs, pros, and cons of each type of siding so you can make the best choice for your high-end home.
Fiber cement is one of the premier siding options for high-end homes. While the upfront cost can be high, fiber cement is very low-maintenance which can help to eventually offset your upfront cost over time. It’s fungus, UV, fire, and insect-resistant, making it one of the most durable siding options out there. It’s also more easily molded than stone veneer siding, providing a higher level of airtightness than stone can.
The natural beauty of wood siding is one of its biggest benefits. It’s also incredibly customizable and will last you decades if maintained properly. Cheaper woods like cedar and pine are low in price but not as good as premium hardwoods. Ipe, Mahogany, Cumaru, and Batu are all examples of premium hardwoods that will perform better across the board in terms of durability, versatility, and low-maintenance. In the wood vs vinyl debate, premium hardwoods like these win out every time.
Metal siding is possibly the lowest-maintenance siding out there. It’s also incredibly durable and resistant to all the normal outside influences like rain, insects, fire, and more. The downside of metal is that it’s not seen as beautiful by most homeowners. You can, however, get around that by using board and batten siding. This siding is designed to look exactly like wood and gives you all of the beauty of wood with none of the drawbacks.
Stone siding can look amazing and last for many decades. It doesn’t decompose and is fairly low-maintenance. It also possesses a unique look that no other type of siding has, aside from the weaker stone veneer alternative. Real stone siding is pretty expensive, though, and will require a special mason to complete the installation. However, for a high-end home, stone is one of the most popular choices.
The best thing about vinyl is its low cost and low maintenance requirements. It’s susceptible to warping in warm temperatures and becomes brittle in cold temps. This can lead to a distorted, wavy look in the summer and makes vinyl siding very easy to break and damage in cold weather. Of course, broken siding creates a safe haven for insects and mold, and will only last you 2 decades even if properly maintained.
High-End Homes Have Many Options
If you’re designing a high-end home to live in, you have plenty of options to choose from in terms of siding. From wood to stone, fiber cement, metal, and even vinyl, there are a variety of pros and cons to each type. Whether you’re looking for more durability or a higher aesthetic appeal, choosing the type of siding that best suits your needs doesn’t have to be hard.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.