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Horizontal Lap Siding
Probably the most ubiquitous of siding choices, horizontal lap siding can be made from wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiber cement and can be finished in an unlimited range of colors.
This siding choice is a natural fit for a colonial, or traditional-style, home as it works well with simple, boxy forms and symmetrical compositions. So whether your home is a stately colonial ...
... or a humble Cape Cod, you'll find horizontal lap siding to be a good choice.
Cost: The installed cost of horizontal lap siding can vary widely, with the lowest about $3 to $5 per square foot for vinyl and $4 to $7 per square foot for fiber cement or cedar. Material quality, color finishing and more all influence the cost.
Available in natural or synthetic form, stucco is a great choice for exteriors with large surfaces and simple geometries. Though the texture can vary from fine to coarse, stucco is best suited where surface shadows should be minimized.
Durable and requiring almost no maintenance, brick is an ideal siding material for many homes. It's also available in many sizes, textures and colors, and it can be stacked, or laid up, in a variety of patterns.
Though more closely associated with traditional designs, brick can be used on houses ranging from contemporary to Prairie and just about every style in between.
Cost: Brick's durability and low maintenance come at a higher price. Expect to pay about $17 to $20.
... to copper, metal sidings are durable and require little if any maintenance.
Cost: It varies widely with the choice of material and details. Also, craftsmen skilled with the installation of metal siding may not be available locally, so research what's available in your location before you choose this option.
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