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Which Siding Material Is Best For Your New Home?

Are you building a new home? New home construction is an exciting process. You get to choose and design every aspect of the home from the roof to the floors to the finishings and accessories. One of the most important components you'll choose is the home's siding. The siding is important because it affects the home's curb appeal and aesthetics, but it can also impact the home's functionality. Siding keeps moisture and air out. It protects the home from damage. And it can even serve as a preventative in the event of a fire.

Not all siding is the same though. Below are some of the most common siding materials and what may make them right for your new home:


Vinyl is one of the most common and popular materials for home siding. It's one of the most affordable options. It also comes in a wide range of colors and styles. Also, a unique aspect of vinyl siding is that it is mostly fire-resistant because it is made from PVC, which usually won't ignite unless it is at extremely high temperatures.

While the PVC helps protect the home from fire, it is vulnerable to sunlight. Your siding color could fade over time much faster than other types of siding. Vinyl siding also needs a waterproof seal or else mold could grow on it.


Wood siding can be an attractive choice for any home. It can give a more natural appearance and you can paint it to match virtually any color scheme. You can also get the wood siding in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as longboards or even square shingles. That can help you achieve any aesthetic you desire.

Wood is usually more expensive than other types of siding. It is also vulnerable to fires. Wood can be a beautiful addition to any home but it does require regular maintenance, such as annual staining and regular repainting. If you can handle the maintenance and the higher price, wood could be a good option.


Metal is usually used as a roofing material, but it is gaining popularity for siding too. Metal is relatively affordable and can be stained in a wide range of colors. It can also create a very unique look to make your home stand out. Metal siding is also very durable against the elements. You won't risk damage or color fading with metal siding.

There are two important things to consider with metal siding. One is insulation. Metal siding offers little insulation and can actually conduct heat, so you'll have to plan your insulation and cooling system carefully. The other issue is that metal siding can be loud, especially in the rain, high winds, or other bad weather. If your area gets storms frequently, you may want to think twice about metal siding. 

A siding dealer can help you choose the best material for your new home. Consider your budget, your aesthetic goals, and other needs you may have like long-term durability.

For more information, contact a siding installation service near you.