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The Most Commonly Used Siding Materials

Installing siding is an effective and relatively simple way to improve the look and function of your home. On top of it being a more long-term exterior wall cover compared to wall paint, it doubles as a weather barrier, too.

Siding comes in a range of materials and forms, and it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your home. In this post A Cut Above Exteriors shares more about the most commonly used siding materials, why they are homeowners’ favorites, and if they are the right one for your home.


This material has displaced wood as the most popular siding material due to its low cost, availability and high tolerance to weather. The biggest draw of vinyl siding, however, is its wider color palette which isn’t restricted to wood stains and earth tones.

Vinyl siding is also easier to maintain and typically lasts for around 20 to 30 years with proper care. Insulated variants are also readily available and can have a positive impact on the energy efficiency of your property.


Despite being usurped by vinyl, wood remains a good choice for those looking for a more classic look for their home. Cedar siding, in particular, has an old-world look that’s nearly impossible to replicate and can drastically increase the value of a property.

Keep in mind that wood siding is more susceptible to weather and insect damage. That said, it can last as long as vinyl – or even longer, with proper care and regular maintenance.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is a relatively “new” material that’s slowing becoming an alternative to both wood and vinyl siding. This material’s claim to fame is the ability to replicate the look of other exterior wall materials, such as wood, masonry, and stucco. It’s also more affordable than the aforementioned materials even though it surpasses them performance-wise in almost every category.

This siding material falls between the price range of vinyl and wood. Fiber cement siding can last as long as the house its installed on and requires only regular cleaning to keep it looking good.

Regardless of what siding material you choose, one thing is clear – the performance of your new exterior wall cover ultimately depends on how well it was installed. Your siding can be the strongest and most durable thing out there, but it will fail if it’s poorly fastened to your home.

As your exterior siding contractor, A Cut Above Exteriors will properly install your new siding so you can take full advantage of its unique benefits. Call us today at 503.334.0733 to learn more about our services. We offer a wide selection of siding in Portland, OR, and other parts of Oregon.

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