Types of Home Siding and Their Climate Counterparts
When updating your home, it can be difficult to choose what home siding you should install. There are so many different types, varying in style and pricing. But, siding protects your home. That’s its main goal. And there are different types of siding for specific climates. We’ll start with our personal favorite: Vinyl.
Vinyl is considered to be the least expensive siding. It works well with warm, humid climates like Virginia Beach. It’s durable, stands up to heat and wind and comes in a wide range of colors and designs. Vinyl siding does not work well with very cold winter climates.
Stucco is the perfect choice for hot, dry climates like the Southwest. It does not do well in humid climates that experience a lot of rain, since the wood framing underneath can mold and rot. If you’re in the right climate zone for stucco, it can last up to 50 to 80 years.
Masonry, or stone and brick siding, is an expensive option. However, it performs well in hot weather. The stone siding cools quickly, much faster than other siding. However, it is prone to chipping and wears to the elements. If properly maintained, masonry siding can last up to 100 years.
Wood siding is also a more expensive option, but can last for years when regularly maintained. It isn’t a great option for humid weather though because of its susceptibility to mold or mildew.
Metal siding is another option. This type is typically used on ranch-style homes or just the second story. It’s very popular in tropical climates. The metal can withstand the extreme weather of the tropics and is reasonably priced. It also comes in a wide range of colors and textures as well as wood designs.
Fiber cement is another option for hot, humid climates. Commonly known as hardie board siding, it is extremely durable. It is resistant to termites as well as rot. Fiber cement is a great choice for homeowners who live on the coast due to its resistance to salty air and wind.