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Different Types of Siding

Windows and doors aren’t the only specialties of Window World of Boston. We also provide siding installation services. Siding significantly impacts the aesthetics of a home. Given the many different materials, their properties, and advantages, choosing the best siding can be difficult. Here’s an overview of common siding materials to help educate you on potential options.

Different Types Of Siding

What is Siding?

Siding is the material that covers the exterior façade of your home. Depending on the material, it may add water resistance, energy efficiency, and durability. Aesthetic value is determined by the color and texture you choose, which vary depending on type as well.

The types of siding you are most likely to encounter include:


Vinyl is the most popular siding option in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its low cost, in addition to durability and color options, contribute to this popularity. Vinyl siding is often covered by a 30-40-year warranty. It can be textured like wood, though termites won’t destroy it. Other benefits include:

  • Simple cleaning, requiring just a hose and water.
  • A choice of insulation for energy efficiency in colder climates.
  • The cheapest option to upgrade your exterior siding.
  • Options such as horizontal vertical panels, shakes, shingles, and fish scale, scallop, or bearded shapes.

Fiber Cement

Combining wood, sand, and cement, fiber cement siding is popular for its natural look and versatile finish, texture, design, and color options. It has the same appearance as wood, but with low maintenance and a class 1A fire rating. Rot or decay are not a concern, while this material holds up well in salty coastal environments. Plus, you might not need to repaint the surface for up to 15 years.


Brick siding is extremely durable and can last for 100 years or more without much maintenance. It can literally last a lifetime, while resisting weathering, fire, and termites/insects. You never need to repaint or finish it either. Although one of the most expensive siding options, brick may qualify you for lower insurance rates.


Aluminum, steel, and other types of metal provide a unique look without rotting or mold. Metal doesn’t require much maintenance and doesn’t fade. It’s also fire-resistant and, in the case of aluminum, can protect your home from salty coastal air. The potential for rusting is a consideration with steel, although it is highly resistant to hail. In general, metal is eco-friendly as few waste materials are produced in cutting panels.


The natural, timeless appeal of wood attracts many homeowners. Wood is lightweight and energy efficient, can be installed quickly and, since it is produced by nature, is wide considered the eco-friendliest siding. You can choose from cedar, spruce, redwood, pine, or fir among other species, as well as a range of profiles.


The most expensive to install, stone siding resists all that mother nature can throw at it. It provides an unmatched look and feel. If you want the same look but save, stone veneer costs about half as much. Stone is not affected by extreme temperatures, moisture, insects, or fire.

Contact Window World of Boston for Professional Siding Installation

Window World of Boston provides top-quality siding and window installation services based in our Pembroke and Woburn locations. Our technicians can help you choose the best siding, including vinyl. We’re committed to ensuring you enjoy your home every season, and that your siding matches your style, maintenance, and durability requirements. For information on the types of siding available, or to receive a free estimate, contact us today.

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