• Emily Campbell

Spend Smartly on Siding

At one point in time homes were simpler, having as many options as the big bad wolf did when he prayed on those three piggies, wood, brick or stone. Today, when you walk into the hardware store, options for siding can be overwhelming: vinyl, brick, metal, fibre cement, cultured stone and there is an even longer list online.

This article was originally published in Home and Cabin.

Vinyl siding, wood clapboard and fibre cement have similar appearances, but varied cost, durability and maintenance.

Vinyl siding is quickly installed and cheap at $24,200*. Many home owners choose vinyl because it’s economical and promises no maintenance. In a harsh climate like ours strong wind or flying branches can easily put knicks or cracks in siding. In most circumstances vinyl can’t be easily repaired and has to be replaced when it’s damaged. A few years down the road, the colour or profile you selected may no longer be manufactured, meaning you could have to re-side your entire home. Most manufacturer’s warranty vinyl for 20-25 years, but in practice to keep your home looking sharp you’ll probably have to replace it every 10-15 years, meaning when considering lifecycle costs, it may not actually be the cheapest option.