Bob Vila Radio: Siding Alternatives

Tired of the traditional vinyl and aluminum siding of the past? Look into these new eco-friendly and low-maintenance siding alternatives.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Oct 2, 2013 10:03 AM

If you’re old enough to remember the aluminum siding that was all the rage in the 1960s, you may have an understandable bias against any home siding that’s not wood. But wood needs regular painting to protect it from the elements and keep it looking fresh. If that kind of upkeep is not in your budget, you may find yourself thinking about maintenance-free alternatives.


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Alternative Siding


One common option, vinyl siding, arouses environmental concerns, so what’s a homeowner to do? Fortunately, there are several good eco-friendly and low-maintenance alternatives for your home.

The material known as fiber cement is manufactured from cement, sand, and cellulose, and it can be made to look like horizontal lap siding, vertical boards, or shingles. Fiber cement is energy efficient and durable, and it comes prefinished in a wide range of colors that may never need repainting, or you can paint it yourself.

Stucco, an alternative to siding, can be applied to a home’s exterior, but it works best on certain styles of home, like Tudors. It’s virtually maintenance free once applied.

Stone and brick veneer have become more popular recently—they, too, provide insulation, are easy to install, and require almost no maintenance. It all depends on your style sense and budget—you really can have an eco-friendly, low-maintenance exterior!

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