If the exterior of your house could use some superficial fixing up, but you find the various types of siding to be either unacceptable or impractical, all is not lost — you can still look into the many alternate types of siding. There are many types to choose from, but there is no reason to be overwhelmed. The alternatives to ordinary siding can be divided up into three basic types. All of them are perfectly viable options for both aesthetics and function for your home. However, they each come with distinct advantages and disadvantages, which may give you an idea of which is best for you. The following should help you choose between the different alternatives to siding.
Alternative #1 - Original Wood
While simply leaving the original wood of your house exposed hardly seems like an alternative to siding, the truth of the matter is that leaving the original wood exposed is a perfectly viable option for most homes, and can be quite pleasing aesthetically. However, do not expect this option to be the easiest, even though it might seem that way at first. Leaving the original wood exposed requires a great deal of maintenance.
If you leave the original wood of your house, you will need to either use paint or finisher on it to protect it. If you choose paint, you will need to reapply it periodically to avoid damage, as it will eventually crack and peel. Additionally, you should be aware that leaving the original wood leaves you more vulnerable to external damage as well as termites and rot.
Alternative #2 - Stucco
Stucco is also an excellent alternative to ordinary siding. It has been used for a long time for good reason. Stucco can come in a large variety of styles and colors that can fit any home perfectly. It is also a very practical thing to finish a house with. For one thing, stucco is fire resistant. It is also resistant to a great deal of other things, including water.
Stucco is relatively easy to install. It requires support in the form of a frame, but it can be applied to any home easily. Once it is on, it lasts for a very long time.
Stucco has a few disadvantages. It can be expensive. Additionally, it is not usually painted, because painting it is impractical. It can be painted, but paint will only stay on it for a few years. In order to keep stucco painted, you must continuously reapply the paint. Additionally, paint cannot be removed from stucco effectively without using sandblasting.
Alternative #3 - Veneer
There are many different types of veneers that can be added to your home if you are uninterested in traditional siding. With the correct veneer, you can gain almost any appearance you like for your home, without having to actually change your home in any significant way. There are many different appearances available that you can select — rocks, bricks, and other similar things are the most common styles.
Veneers have functional advantages as well. They can protect your home quite well from many kinds of damage, are easy to install, and require almost no maintenance.