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Best Type of Home Exterior Siding Depends on Climate

By September 28, 2007

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Home owners face many choices for home exterior siding, but making the right selection depends largely on climate, followed by your home's character and your financial means.

Goodness knows, I've bought my share of homes that came with various types of home siding disaster stories. My present home's exterior is brick, wood and mostly stucco. That style is in keeping with the age of my home and its location.

But my last home was an 1898 Victorian, and its previous owners had covered the exterior in vinyl. Purists believe vintage homes such as Victorians should always retain their character. And contrary to popular belief, vinyl siding is not indestructible. One year, my Victorian's siding was damaged during a freak hail storm. It looked like it had been shot at with a machine gun. I had a hard time finding matching vinyl panels because manufacturers change tab dimensions and colors on a regular basis. So, I ended up tearing apart two walls to replace the damaged portions, redoing another wall in its entirety with a slightly different colored vinyl.

Vinyl siding has its pros and cons; however, lots of people intensely dislike vinyl. They dislike it so much that a home in Sacramento's Land Park neighborhood was on the market for six months before a buyer purchased it -- primarily because everybody objected to its vinyl siding.

I also owned a semi-custom Minneapolis suburban home that had aluminum siding. When I sold it, the buyers decided they did not like the exterior peach color and decided to paint it. One of the reasons to own a home with no-maintenance siding is because it involves no maintenance, but paint the aluminum, they did. . . . read more about home exterior siding.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.


June 4, 2010 at 12:13 am
(1) Susan says:

I keep asking what is the best exterior color for selling a home. I keep being brought back to siding options.. I want color options. Being a general contractor this would be information I would like to be able to share.

Is there any colors to stay away from? I suggested they paint there house color of the trim color of the best house with in eye sight (as there were a lot of junky homes on the street) .. any suggestions.

June 4, 2010 at 8:59 am
(2) Elizabeth Weintraub says:

It depends on what the neighborhood would bear. There is a subdivision in Huntington Beach that prohibits any other color except white. In my neighborhood of Land Park in Sacramento a homeowner painted her home orange — the color used for light rail stations — and everybody is talking about it. I’ve had buyers tell me they will not buy a house that is brown. I’d say a bad color is definitely purple — unless it’s mixed with complementary colors and it’s a Victorian.

June 25, 2013 at 10:44 am
(3) Denii says:

I only wanted to know if what siding is best for a home in the Southern parts of the state. This told me nothing, only what happened in a storm in the north east part of the country.

October 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm
(4) contractor says:

You should not use siding at all…
The most idiotic product available (along with asphalt shingles).
Offers no insulation (thermal nor sound).
Garbage product!!!

October 11, 2013 at 9:54 am
(5) Elizabeth Weintraub says:

Tell us how you really feel. Although I am not a big fan of vinyl siding, for example, most contractors do install some sort of Tyvek or other insulation under it.

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