Pros And Cons Of Common Siding Types

Siding is not only important for protecting your home from the elements but also for defining the look and style of the exterior. This layer is the first impression people will get as they look at your home from the street. Each type of siding sends a different message and has benefits and drawbacks with how they interact with temperature, moisture and the living organisms you want to keep out. HardiePlank, a brand of fiber cement siding, is a unique option that achieves all the benefits of the other types without their downsides.


One of the oldest types of siding is still common today. Brick and stone masonry give a timeless look of class and permanence. Both stone and brick can last for a century or more if the mortar is cared for and strengthened from time to time. They are insulative, keep out insects and moisture well and are not easily damaged.

Potential downsides include the higher labor costs to have brick or stone masons install them. They also can be expensive to repair if damaged and the colors of new and old brick may not match perfectly. HardiePlank is as solid and insulative as masonry (because it is made of cement), but does not have to be re-mortared and doesn’t have the same high installation costs.


Wood siding is another of the oldest materials used. It also gives a classic look but is not nearly as permanent. It generally takes a lot of upkeep and will need to be refinished and painted every few years. Insects, mold, and rotting are all possible problems. Wood is insulative though lightweight and can be an easier replacement if boards need to be swapped. HardiePlank mimics the appearance of wood, some say even improves on it, but without the risks of rotting, mold and insects or having to be repainted repeatedly.


Vinyl siding is a popular style of siding today in the United States. It is not expensive and has become more durable and stylish as technology improves. Vinyl is now in dozens of colors and textures and has good insulative capabilities in many brands.

The disadvantages are that some people don’t like the look of vinyl because it is so common and standard looking. Also, it is more easily damaged and doesn’t last as long as some sturdier materials. The advantages of vinyl are replicated in HardiePlank, but without the cheap-looking style and easily-damaged nature.


Metal sidings, like aluminum and steel, are another siding option you may consider. Aluminum is less expensive and is usually the least expensive option of all siding types. Both will prevent mold, insect damage and other problems associated with wood. Steel is stronger but does not resist rusting as aluminum does, so is not as practical for ocean environments. Metal sidings do not provide the style and performance benefits of HardiePlank, so aluminum, for example, should not be chosen just for its inexpensive cost.

Fiber Cement

This style is a synthetically-created combination of cement, wood fibers and sand. Fiber cement is made to mimic the look of wood but without any of the drawbacks. It cannot rot, mold, take in moisture or warp. It is also a good barrier from insect invasions because it is not attractive to termites or other bugs at all. As for downsides, there aren’t many.

Fiber cement siding like HardiePlank is a great meeting point of classic style, resistance to the elements and good value. The initial price may be a bit higher than vinyl, but with the value, you are getting, it can’t really be called “expensive.”

Robert Gordon Services installs siding in the Triangle area

If you want to invest in new siding for your home in Raleigh, Durham, Cary or Morrisville, we have a great reputation for effective professional installation. Robert Gordon Services is also an “elite preferred remodeler” of HardiePlank, the most popular brand of fiber cement siding. Give us a call at (919) 250-8038 to discuss options and estimates for your home’s siding installation.