Siding plays a major role in the exterior appeal of your home, an integral role in the creation of the overall aesthetic, from the tradition of wood panelling to the uniqueness of multi-toned stone. It also serves the important function of protecting your home from weather and age.
There are plenty of options between wood and stone siding. In fact, there are various types even within those categories. Let’s weigh them against each other.
Wood & Fiber Siding Cedar
Offers a traditional look that will wear naturally with weather
Very durable, is naturally moisture-resistant with natural oils and resins
Naturally resistant to insect damage
Retains warmth in winter, keeps interior cool in summer
Stability: retains shape despite nailing; stains well
Relatively light, easy to work with
Needs little to no upkeep: doesn’t need
One of the most resilient exterior building materials
Authentic, elegant aesthetic: subtle variation in color, no two stones alike
Will add more strength and stability structurally than faux stone
Extremely wide range of selection
Offers some of the lowest prices in siding
Lighter weight than real stone
Easy to install
Easiest and cheapest to install
The look of real stone at a lower price
For a traditional appeal with natural resilience to damage, go for a wood-based sider. Choose a natural stone sider for extreme durability, or a faux-stone sider at more affordability. Take a look at our siding tips post, which shares everything from choosing the right stone sider to installing cedar siding.
Alexandra Wong is interested in design and home decor. She has lived and studied in Canada, England (Oxford, no less), and the United States. She writes pieces on art and lifestyle that reflect her passions.