Because of the variety of siding materials, you have many ways and quite a few selections. For the most part, the prominent siding materials are vinyl, metal, wood, engineered wood, stucco. All are sound options and carry advantages and disadvantages depending on what you need and where you live. To determine which material is the best for your home, consider performance, cost, maintenance, and versatility. These are generalizations about these siding materials, so remember the best person to ask is a siding contractor
Vinyl won’t dent or scratch or need to be repainted since it is one solid material. Color stays the same throughout and requires a few more tools to get the sheets to hang properly and seam together correctly. You are less often required to do any maintenance than other types. Typically, after you have vinyl siding installed, you can forget about it.
Inexpensive versus other products.
Durable and low maintenance
More options and styles
Engineered Wood stands up well to insects, rock damages & heavy winds. Over time, engineered wood outlasts wood in terms of maintenance and damages. Engineered Wood holds up well to extreme temperatures, humidity & moisture.
Resilient to insects rocks, winds
Outlasts natural wood
Affordable for your budget
Metal is very efficient, but not that far ahead of vinyl. Both metal and vinyl are excellent insulators, not to mention vinyl comes in a very high performance breed that carries extra insulation. However, metal outperforms vinyl in extreme cold.
Outperforms in colder climates
Can be applied over existing siding
Wide-spread in the southwest because it keeps the home cool even as the sun beats down. If you’ve ever lived in a brick home you understand how easily bricks heat up and warm the home, which can be murder on a summer day. Stucco is thick enough that it repels the heat from getting in and cool air from getting out, but the opposite occurs in the winter.
Superior for element protection
Highest quality product
Best during adverse weather
If wood is treated routinely it will stave off water damage, dry rot, and insects, although as wood begins to dry over time, it will begin to split and bow and allow more elements to infiltrate small places. Wood is not nearly as inefficient or non-protective, but special waxes & resins coat the wood to help resist moisture intrusion. But the beauty the radiate can't be duplicated.