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Alternatives to Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most commonly used and reliable types of siding used in home building and remodeling all over the country. Vinyl boasts durability, simple maintenance, and solidity. But did you know that there are alternatives to vinyl siding that can be beneficial to your home as well? Check out these additional options for siding and find out which is best for your home!

Alternatives to Vinyl Siding

Fiber Cement

One of the best alternatives to vinyl siding, fiber cement is a siding material made of cement that is reinforced with wood pulp and fly ash/silica sand. It has a very long lifespan and often comes with limited lifetime warranties from certain manufacturers. It boasts excellent resistance to the elements, fire resistance, and can be customized in an unlimited variety of colors and styles.


Wood, specifically cedar, can last up to 10 years longer than other siding materials. Wood siding provides natural insulation, making it an energy efficient option for your home. Cedar is resistant to UV rays, moisture, and insect damage. It can also be treated to resist anything from fire to fungus.


Like wood, stone has insulating properties, which means you will use less energy in summer and winter. Stone is naturally resistant to fire, so using this siding material for your home is a very safe option. By using stone, you guarantee your siding is strong, durable, beautiful, and eco-friendly.


Just like the previous materials, stucco continues the trend of being an exceptional insulator of warm and cool air, which helps you save on energy costs throughout the year. Stucco siding has a very smooth and traditional look, but can be topped with colorful cement coats for those who prefer a more artistic and unique appearance.


Though aluminum isn’t usually a first choice for siding in new construction, it does have its benefits. Metal siding is great for people who live in coastal communities, as it does not absorb moisture and salt spray that wood and other materials may retain. Aluminum is also a great choice for those who live in areas of extreme cold, as it does not snap or crack when exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures.

Platinum Exteriors, Inc. is a family-owned siding contractor in Westminster, Maryland. We offer a plethora of home improvement services and in 15 years have built a reputation as reliable and respectable home exterior contractors who are dedicated to serving our community. To inquire about siding installation or our other services in Maryland, contact us today!