There are numerous types of material that can be used on the outside of your home. I am going to give you a very high level of the various types of material. And by all means, there are many others out there. The ones I am going to define range from Wood, Stucco, Aluminum or Vinyl, Brick, Stone, Hardiboard, Masonite, and the old Asbestos. You can even use a combination of these items.
Wood is probably the oldest type. Types of wood varies too. From Pine, Fir, to Cedar, etc. The cuts and patterns are different. You can go all natural. Put a sealer on it, stain it, or paint it. Wood will need some caulking too. There is maintenance involved with wood. In Texas, wood can also draw termites if not done properly.
Aluminum and Vinyl are low maintenance. I know most of us associate these with manufactured homes. But they can be used on regular homes too. At the coast, Vinyl was used more instead of the wood.
Stucco is very popular. Most subdivisions require so much masonry on a home, and this will qualify. There are numerous patterns, textures, and colors to be selected from. A common mixture of Stucco and stone is used in the hill country.
Brick is used more often in large cities. There are so many types of brick to select from. Colors and patterns. Here again, Brick can be combined with stucco and stone as an ascent.
Masonite was invented to replace wood. However, it is made from wood chips. So it does have a tendency to swell and rot if exposed to the weather for any length of time. Hardiboard/concrete fiber board is a great replacement for wood. It is made of cement fibers. It will hold paint and last longer.
Then there is the Asbestos siding. While this is no longer used, it is on many older homes. It is highly recommended you get a professional to remove it if you decide to change your siding.
Just some thoughts on home sidings. Some do look great when you mix them. Check each one out more on the internet, or touch and feel in a store. As always, ask your builder the pros and cons on these.
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