Top 5 Exterior Siding Options for Homeowners

Top 5 Exterior Siding Options for Homeowners

The siding of your home plays a vital role in protecting the important interior materials of your house from water damage and the elements. It can also be a great way to add some colour or style to your house, allowing it to stand out from the rest on your block.

Nowadays homeowners have more siding options than ever before. Our exterior renovation contractor in Calgary has taken the time to round up the five most popular ones to give you a better understanding of each material and what they're best known for.

Protection or Style? How About Both

There are truly only two ways to look at siding. Either you view it from a functional standpoint and are primarily focused on the protection it can provide. Or you see it through an architectural lens, with styling and design at the forefront while keeping a keen eye on the siding's ability to highlight certain aspects or features of your home. Such as using stone to help the entry of your house shine. 

The best siding options though blend both into one fantastic choice. Here are the top five siding materials that do just that.

Top 5 Exterior Siding Options for Homeowners

1. Vinyl siding

The most popular home siding choice by far in Canada is vinyl. It's lower cost, easy maintenance, and versatility have helped it achieve this position. There may be some people who find vinyl siding unappealing due to the 'plastic look' they believe these products have, but the technology behind vinyl siding is constantly evolving and has improved immensely over the past decade. 

The wide variety of styles and colours this siding can now come in also explains why it's such a sought-after siding choice for homeowners looking to update the look of their house.

2. Fibre-cement siding

Able to replicate stucco, wood, or masonry at a much lower cost than any of those materials, fibre-cement siding is becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners. Like vinyl, it requires minimal maintenance, but it brings the added bonuses of being non-flammable and more durable. 

There is, however, the concern that fibre-cement siding is more susceptible to moisture-related issues. 

3. Stucco siding

Classically used on the exteriors of ranch, Mediterranean, and Spanish-style houses, stucco siding provides a feel of old-world elegance to the homes it protects. Traditionally made out of Portland cement, sand, lime, and water, stucco is applied to the exterior of a home once a vapour barrier and galvanized-metal lattice that supports the stucco has been installed. 

Stucco is well-known for its strength and durability, providing superior protection that can last up to 50 years.

4. Stone/stone-veneer siding

If cost is truly not an issue, outfitting the exterior of your home with natural stone siding will give it unparalleled texture and aesthetic appeal along with unrivalled protection. But it can be difficult to place on an existing home due to its sheer weight. 

If cost is somewhat of a concern, then stone-veneer siding is an excellent choice if the look of natural stone is what you want on the outside of your home. It's lighter and much less expensive, and it comes in many different styles and colours. 

5. Brick

Often found on Tudor, English cottage, and Colonial-style houses, brick siding has been beautifying and protecting homes for hundreds of years. It is more commonly now used as a veneer, meaning it is supported by a wood or concrete frame structure beneath it. 

Brick veneer siding is able to be penetrated by water, so using a membrane between it and the home can better protect against damage. When done properly, brick siding can provide a house with top-notch protection and it will usually last the life of a house. 

Find a Siding Option That Works for You and Your Budget

In the end, your budget will best dictate what siding option is feasible for your home. Vinyl siding is often the least expensive choice, while stone or brick can be found on the opposite end of the spectrum. 

Advancements in vinyl siding technology have now made the materials available for this option much more robust and stylish. Fibre-cement siding meanwhile is great at replicating more expensive materials. But there's truly no replacing the genuine articles in terms of look, protection, and durability.

If you plan on updating or upgrading the siding of your home soon, be sure to contact us today. Our experienced exterior renovation contractor can further walk you through your options and can provide you with a free estimate for your project.


Q: What is the best siding for a home?

This will depend on a homeowner's preference, but when it comes to durability and protection, natural stone, brick, and stucco are hard to beat.

Q: How much does it cost to side a 2000 square foot house?

Given that most siding materials cost between $2 to $13 per square foot, a homeowner with a 2000 square foot home can expect to spend anywhere between $5,000 to $20,000 when replacing the siding of their home.

Q: What is the easiest siding to install?

Vinyl siding is without a doubt the easiest type of siding to install. Some homeowners can even do it themself if they have decent experience with renovation or construction projects.


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Pitbull Construction - Serving Calgary for Over 22 Years

For over two decades, Pitbull Construction has been helping Calgarians with residential roofing, garage packages and other exterior projects including soffit, fascia, siding and Hardie board. The values of our organization are cemented by quality, workmanship, customer experience and value. We price our work to be competitive and attainable for our customers, but deliver a best in class product through expertise and impeccable customer service.  

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