Below is a simple and quick reference guide about the pros and cons of today’s siding materials to make an informed decision for your home
Natural Indiana Limestone Verdict: best overall siding material that exists This is a top of the line material that is unparalleled by any other siding material. It is extremely durable and truly everlasting. It does not rot, grow mold, doesn’t require maintenance, won’t chip or crack, and stands up to weather extremes. It is extremely aesthetically appealing and dramatically increases the appeal of the house, and its resale value.
Brick Verdict: aesthetically appealing but will deteriorate over time Brick siding is durable and aesthetically appealing, but brick will chip over time exposing a different colour inside of the brick, plus masonry will deteriorate at the mortar joints
Vinyl Verdict: cheapest material but requires maintenance, and aesthetics are not intended for luxury homes Vinyl siding is weather- and insect-proof, and is one of the cheapest materials to install. However, vinyl siding requires maintenance due to accumulation of mold and grime. This is a basic entry level material and is not intended for luxury homes
Wood Verdict: all kinds of wood are prone to damage from moisture, and require regular proper maintenance While you can choose from a variety of wood siding options —pine, spruce, fir, cedar, redwood—not all may be suited to your region or climate. Proper maintenance includes power washing, staining and sealing whenever the heat of the sun fades the finish or moisture leads to mold or mildew.
Engineered Wood Verdict: poorly suited for Ontario’s climate as it is prone to moisture invasion If you love the classic look of wood siding but don’t want to deal with the upkeep, then engineered wood is the choice for you. The material does have one con, however—it’s prone to moisture invasion.
Stucco Verdict: poorly suited for Ontario’s climate and installation cost is expensive Stucco is now available is many textures and colors. Its breathability allows moisture to evaporate quickly, making it ideal for locations with normal precipitation, but poorly suited to rainy areas. While materials are not pricey, labor costs are high because stucco requires applying three coats.
Stone Veneer Verdict: aesthetically appealing but is not durable or long lasting Made from a mixture of cement and aggregates, manufactured stone veneer is made to mimic natural stone’s appearance, but the product does not offer the same durability and longevity as natural stone.
Fiber Cement Verdict: can be aesthetically appealing but is not long lasting similar to stone veneer Typically made from cement, sand, and cellulose fibers—is impervious to insects and rot, but the product does not offer the same durability and longevity as natural stone.
Aluminum Verdict: inexpensive material but requires maintenance, and aesthetics are not intended for luxury homes Aluminum siding is popular with coastal homeowners for its rust resistance. It is affordable and low maintenance, however, it is prone to dents and dings, and will lose its luster over time. This is a basic material and is not intended for luxury homes