Exterior Siding Options for the New Homeowner

When people retire, they often choose a home that suits their personality and the activities they love to do. But aside from that, they want to have a home that gives them security, comfort, and warmth. Whether retirees prefer to buy their own home in a small town or live in a retirement community, they need to find a home that has the best exteriors and interiors.

One vital part of making a home warm and comfortable is the siding. Siding is an excellent way to add definition and color to your home. There are many options nowadays that a homeowner can go to create the ideal façade. However, while the aesthetics play a vital role, one must also consider durability, water resistance, versatility and the ease of installation.

If you are looking for a window and doors company, extend the conversation beyond protection. It is true that from a functional point of view, siding is your first protection against weather elements. It is also true that it will be what people see first when they approach your home. The most popular types that you could consider are the following:


If you want an inexpensive material with moderate versatility, settle for vinyl. The material is easy to install over other materials and so it is ideal for retrofitting. It is easy to install, so it would not cost as much when it comes to labor. Modern vinyl comes in different textures and colors and can be made to resemble stone and wood shingles. The only caveat is that vinyl will require maintaining. It is easy for grime and mold to accumulate on top. The material is also prone to damage from the weather, which could necessitate occasional repairs.

Engineered wood and normal wood

Standard wood will cut and install easy. It is the perfect choice for a natural look and has many types: shingles, clapboards, shakes and batten. Quality wood can last for decades but will be costly. It will also require maintenance to keep away rot, termites and woodpeckers. Engineered wood, on the other hand, is made from wood fibers and resins. It is durable and available in many styles and textures. It comes ready to paint. Without a warranty, engineered wood can prompt class-action suits because of issues to do with moisture.

Fiber cement and stucco

Fiber cement is made from pulp, cement, sand, and clay. It is stable and low maintenance. It mimics wood clapboard, masonry, shingles, and stucco and is easy to finish. The material is fire-resistant and termite-proof. However, it is heavy, requiring special installation which can be costly. As for stucco, its value is in its unique aesthetics and durability. If well maintained, it can last for a lifetime. It requires many coats that can rack up the costs of labor.


Brick lends to your home a unique aesthetic appeal. It needs minimal maintenance, lasting a lifetime. It will not rot, accumulate mold or burn in a fire. Since the veneer will not be structural, the installers have to tie it to the structure of your home to stop it from moving. Brick also has limited color options.

Synthetic stone

This material is made from aggregate, cement and sand. It can mimic any stone you like including granite and limestone. It is not often used for the whole home, but it lends exquisite beauty to chimney exteriors. Synthetic stone is lightweight and needs no reinforcing.

Most sidings are mass-produced and always available upon inquiry. If you want custom-made options, you have to find providers who could give you that service. Either way, you need to know what design and material you want before going to the shop. It helps to make your choice easier and to regulate your spending, so your retirement home will be comfortable, warm and affordable.