It's time to find out about the many kinds of siding materials that can be used to cover a home.
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There are several choices for the exterior of your home, but brick, wood and stone make some of the most visually pleasing. They also cost more than stucco or vinyl. You may decide, however, that the added cost is worth it thanks to their long-lasting qualities and aesthetic beauty.
While brick can add 25 percent or more to the cost of your house construction vs. a less-expensive option such as stucco or vinyl, it more than makes up for it due to durability.
Note: Both stone and brick take longer to install than vinyl siding, and this additional time is another element contributing to their higher cost.
If you love the look of stone and brick but your budget won't allow for the added cost, you do have alternatives:
Engineered wood takes wood chips, breaks them down into a size of a fiber, adds resins and wax and, with heat and pressure, bonds them back into a homogeneous panel. That yields a very stable product that can provide an excellent finish and a lot of versatility when it comes to siding the house.
Cultured stone is actually a manufactured stone veneer product that replicates natural stone in size, shape and texture. And it's a lightweight product, which means it has installation advantages. Unlike quarried stone, which may be limited to a geographical area where it's available, this product can be available anywhere in the country.