Which Type of Siding is Best for Your Home?

When it comes to choosing which siding to use for your home, there are a lot of options to pour through. In this blog, we outline the best perks of each choice to help you make an informed decision.


There are a few wood siding choices out there, but cedar is our favorite. This option offers a warm, natural aesthetic to any home. Additionally, compared to alternatives like pine, cedar is much more rot and insect resistant. Simply paint or stain your cedar siding, and you’ll be happy with it for years to come!


Vinyl is a great siding choice because of its durability, affordability and customizability. If there is a particular color you have in mind, odds are you can find it as a vinyl siding option. Additionally, vinyl siding is very easy to install and maintain compared to other options. Routine cleaning with a brush and hose, and perhaps a yearly soft power washing will be all your vinyl siding needs to shine bright year-round. If you want to lower your HVAC bills, you could also opt for insulated siding. CertainTeed insulated siding – combined with house wrap – can reduce air conditioning and heating costs because it acts as another layer of insulation.

Fiber Cement

If durability is a significant factor for you, you may want to consider fiber cement siding. In addition to being moisture, rot, pest and weather resistant, fiber cement siding can even stand up well against fires. For extreme conditions, there is no better choice. Keep in mind that fiber cement siding is quite tricky to install, so this is not a project you’ll want to DIY if you are inexperienced with the material.

Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is comprised of actual stone and other materials that are shaped and molded to resemble natural stone. The material can be used to boost the aesthetic anywhere inside or outside of the home, but we most often see homeowners install it on their siding, entryways and throughout the home’s interior as a natural-looking accent. This is one of the most aesthetically attractive siding options available, and compared to entirely natural stone, it’s also relatively cheap while still remaining surprisingly durable!

Install Your Siding with the Experts at Schaefer Exteriors

Schaefer Exteriors has been providing quality home exterior solutions to Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware homeowners for over 40 years. We’re experts at installing siding, roofing, vinyl replacement windows, gutters, shutters, stone veneer, and vinyl garage doors. To get started on your next project, please contact us at 410.781.4028.