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Calgary Home Siding Options

New siding on your Calgary home will certainly make your home look beautiful, but it also improves durability, energy efficiency and resale value. Depending on the type of your home, your personal design preferences and the budget you are working with, you have much to choose from when it comes to exterior siding options. Here is an overview of the myriad of siding options you might want to consider for your home.

Calgary Siding Options

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular types of siding today. There are many advantages to installing vinyl siding including:

  • low cost
  • versatility of colours and textures
  • durability for 30-40 years
  • simple and easy maintenance
  • insulated siding available for better energy efficiency
  • no decay or termites like wood.

There are also some downsides to vinyl siding, including the fact that it does not last nearly as long as stone or metal, it can warp in harsh weather and improper installation can lead to water damage. 

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Fiber-Cement Siding

Another very popular option is fiber-cement siding. It mimics the look and feel of wood, brick or stucco, but allows for lower maintenance and does not have issues such as rot or insects. Fiber-cement siding is also extremely fireproof. While it is relatively low maintenance, it will require some touch ups through its lifetime. Fiber-cement tends to be more expensive than vinyl siding, but typically offers a more luxurious look as well. James Hardie siding is currently the leading fiber-cement siding manufacturer, providing an extensive list of options in high-quality materials and designs.

Wood Siding Calgary

Wood Siding

For a more traditional or rustic appearance, wood siding offers a warm and welcoming aspect to your home. The natural exterior makes for a cozy, timeless finish. You can select among different types of wood, such as cedar, pine, fir and redwood in a variety of colours and finishes. Tony William,  also highly recommends Kayu Batu siding, a luxurious red wood that provides superior strength and reliability. The great thing about wood is that it can be easily installed and repaired from light damage. However, wood siding also means more maintenance, with regular staining or painting. Another drawback of wood is the possibility of termites and weaker water resistance.

Brick Siding

Another classic option is brick siding. You will often find brick exteriors in Tudor, Colonial and English cottage homes, however contemporary homes can opt for brick as well, usually installing brick veneer. The amazing thing about brick is its durability - you may never have to replace it, as it can last for over 100 years. It is also fireproof, termite proof and weather resistant. The downside is that it’s generally more expensive compared with other types of siding, due to the intensive labour that goes into installation.

Stone Siding Calgary

Stone Siding

When it comes to stone siding, you have two main options - real stone and stone veneers. In either case, you will get an interesting exterior aesthetic on your home, adding character and texture. Real stone siding is considered the Rolls Royce of siding, since it’s extremely durable, low-maintenance and resistant; however it is also very expensive. Stone veneers don’t have the same durability, but will give you a similar look for about half the cost.

Stucco Siding Calgary

Stucco Siding

Made from a mixture of lime, sand and cement, stucco siding is a lower cost, yet still very durable option. It can last 50-100 years in the right conditions and with relatively low maintenance. You won’t need to worry about rotting or insects, however, if you have any issues with your home’s foundation, stucco siding can crack. Stucco siding is available in many colours and textures.  

Metal Siding Calgary

Metal Siding

An ideal choice for modern homes or commercial buildings, metal siding can be a great contemporary design feature. Some popular material choices are aluminum or steel, which hold up very well in Calgary weather. Metal siding is a low-maintenance option that is water, fire, insect and rot resistant. Also, proper installation is extremely important and can be expensive - otherwise the metal can rust.

Longboard Siding Calgary

Longboard Siding

If you are looking for a winning combination of metal’s durability and the look and feel of wood, then longboard siding in Calgary is the perfect option. This type of siding offers you the warm and cozy look of wood, while being termite, fire, water and decay resistant. Longboard siding is easy to install and requires very little maintenance. It is also environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable.

Choose Tony William for Siding in Calgary

Siding is the first thing someone sees when they look at your home. New siding will protect your home, improve curb appeal and improve the insulation of your walls. Making the right choice when it comes to home siding in Calgary is important for durability and maintenance as well. Tony William is your trusted partner, from helping you choose the right siding for your home, to budgeting materials and labour costs, to high-quality installation. Have questions about home siding in Calgary? Call us at (403)454-1366 and we will be happy to help.

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