Siding Buying Guide: Material Pros and Cons

Are you on a quest to enhance the curb appeal of your home, or has your siding seen better days? If you’re considering investing in new siding, here’s a useful buyer’s guide to help you decide which type of siding is best for you.

There are various options on offer when it comes to replacing or upgrading your siding. The most popular materials include:


In our opinion, vinyl siding replacement is the best choice to go with. Vinyl siding replacement is a very popular option, largely due to the fact that this is a durable, versatile material that is also relatively inexpensive. Made from PVC, vinyl siding is very easy to clean and maintain, it costs less than other materials, and it comes in a wide range of colors to suit all styles of property. Vinyl can be fitted onto the surface of wood siding or masonry, and it requires very little care and attention. For many people, vinyl siding replacement is a hassle-free option that produces attractive aesthetics at an affordable price. With vinyl, you can often achieve a look that is very similar to more traditional materials like wood without paying as much. You can also benefit from the practical benefits of using a material that is more resistant to moisture and general wear and tear. Once your vinyl siding has been fitted, all you need to do to keep it in pristine condition is to wash it using a hose on a regular basis. It is possible to paint vinyl siding, but there are several color options available, so this may not be necessary.


Wood siding is famed for its rustic, authentic charm. Available in shingles and panels, wood siding is a popular choice for traditional homes. You can buy wood siding in a range of colors and an array of finishes, and you can also paint the surface if you’re keen to go for a color that isn’t available as standard. Another option that you may wish to consider if you love the look of wood, but you’d like something a little more robust, is engineered wood siding. This type of siding is lighter than traditional wood siding, but it’s also much stronger.


Fiber cement siding is available in planks, shingles, and panels, and it is made from a mixture of materials that includes cement, cellulose fibers, and sand. This type of siding has a very natural look, and it can also be painted to create a colored exterior. Fiber cement siding is a low-maintenance option, and it’s very easy to clean with water and a soft-bristled brush. With this form of siding, homeowners are investing in a material that is as tough and hard-wearing as concrete with additional aesthetic benefits. This option is suited to traditional and modern homes, and it’s an excellent choice for those who don’t want to devote a lot of time and attention to maintaining their siding.

If you’re looking to replace your siding, or you’re exploring options for a new home, it’s always a good idea to compare materials and weigh up the pros and cons. If you’d like advice, or you have any questions about vinyl siding replacement, why not give RI Remodeling a call today?