What are the most common types of siding?
What are the most common types of siding in Cambridge and Somerville, MA?
In Cambridge and Somerville, MA, the most common types of exterior siding for homes are wood, vinyl, and fiber cement siding (sometimes called Hardie plank.)
Wood siding is the most popular. Most exterior wood siding is clapboard. Now and then you will see shingle siding. And sometimes a combination. People are drawn to wood siding because it is a natural product. If you have wood siding, remember that it will require repainting on a regular basis.
Vinyl siding is the most economical siding. Rather than repainting, you can power wash it now and again if needed. Know that the vinyl siding color can fade over time.
Fiber cement siding is a made up of wood fibers, sand and cement. It is low maintenance and extremely fire resistant. Developers doing whole house renovations often favor fiber cement siding - it has the look and feel of wood, but it is lower maintenance. Check out this post on Siding Estimator to learn more about the pros and cons for each type of siding for a home.