17 Types Of Siding For Your House And Their Uses

There are different types of siding that you can use for different types of homes. Exterior siding has many purposes. Of course, your main purpose will be to beautify your home.

But, different types of house siding provide varying levels of protection against weather and varying degrees of insulation. And, the siding styles that you choose also have an impact on the value of your home in terms of the potential selling price.

Types of Siding

Let’s go through the siding types that you can get for your home. This list is based on the material used to make the siding and includes vinyl, plastic, cement, wood, etc.


Wood is the most common siding for the outside of a house. You’ll like wood siding because of its natural look.

If you’re like me, you’d be glad that you can always change up the look by painting over the wood.

A house with wooden exterior wall siding.
A house with wooden exterior wall siding.

Board and Batten

Home siding types - Board and Batten.
A home displaying the board an d batten siding type.

Board and batten or barn siding is made of wide boards joined together. A batten, which is a thin piece of wood, is put at the joint of two boards to cover the gap. This creates a vertical design.

Board and batten exterior siding costs range from $2.05 to $2.38 per board. The cost varies depending on your design, material, etc.

There are real wood, vinyl, and engineered wood. Vinyl does not rot and you do not have to worry about termites and other pests like the wooden options.

An example of a house with board and batten siding.
An example of board and batten siding.

But, vinyl, while it does not rot, may not last as long as wood. Sun exposure can cause cracks and that’s not cute and there are environmental concerns as well.


Also known as shakes, these are thin, lightweight pieces of wood with a tapered shape.

An example of a house with Wood Shingle Siding.
Shingles – another type of wooden siding for a house.


Also known as bevel, lap, or weatherboarding. Clapboards are long, thin boards installed horizontally with a slight overlap.

 A house with clapboard siding.
A house with clapboard siding.

Drop Siding

Similar to clapboards, the top of each horizontally-placed board is fitted into a groove in the lower edge of the board on top of it.

A house built using drop siding.
A house built using drop siding.

Vertical Boards

A series of wide boards are placed vertically with a series of narrow boards in between them.

Wooden Sheet Siding

Simple sheets of plywood are installed for exterior walls. It is commonly used on inexpensive buildings.

Wooden Sheet siding on a home.


Built with logs so the exterior is just logs stacked on top of one another in an interlocking design.

Log siding on a cabin.


Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for houses and small apartment buildings, used for decoration and weatherproofing, imitating wood clapboard, board and batten or shakes, and used instead of other materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding.

Vinyl siding – Wikipedia
Vinyl siding on a house.


Metal siding is a popular alternative to wood, vinyl, and other materials in situations where durability is a top priority. The two types of metal used in the manufacture of siding are aluminum and steel. Each has its benefits and drawbacks.

Aluminum & Steel Siding – HomeTips
Metal house siding style


Brick veneer is a thin brick surface that is thin and lightweight but maintains the look of traditional brick.

A home with brick siding.


Stone siding and stone veneer siding are types of decorative and protective coverings for both exterior and interior walls of a home.

While most homeowners opt for plastic siding made from PVC resin or brick sidingstone siding offers a more natural look to a home’s exterior.

A home with stone siding.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding (“fibre cement cladding” in the UK and “fibro” in Australia) is a building material used to cover the exterior of a building in both commercial and domestic applications. Fiber cement is a composite material made of cement reinforced with cellulose fibers.

Fiber cement siding – Wikipedia
Home with exterior fiber cement siding.


Stucco siding is a siding material made of Portland cement, sand, lime, and water. Applied in three coats over a lath base, it provides a solid, durable, and seamless home exterior.

Stucco siding on a home.

Faux Stone or Brick Siding

Faux stone is made from Portland cement and iron oxide pigments for coloration. It is mass produced, which accounts for its generally more reasonable pricing. This is also why it weighs less than natural stone siding.

Faux Stone siding on a home.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood siding is a manufactured siding that is made up of composite wood.

Composite wood is mixed with different fibers and strands of various woods to create the finished product. 

Engineered wood siding is typically available in 4 foot by 8-foot sheets or lap panels, as well as in smooth or embossed textures.

A house with engineered wood siding.


Insulated siding is home siding that includes rigid foam insulation, fused behind the exterior surface of the wall, for the purpose of reducing energy consumption, increasing the insulation value of the wall system and improving the stability and appearance of the siding.

Insulated siding – Wikipedia


Concrete siding or fiber cement siding sometimes cannot be distinguished from wood sidingConcrete siding is also known as Hardie plank siding, due to its inventor. It can be a great alternative to vinyl and wood siding.


A glass home with glass siding.

Steel Log Siding

Steel siding is the perfect choice for homeowners that want their homes to have a vintage charm and natural look but don’t want the cost and upkeep of natural wood

Steel log siding is made of individual siding panels that are created from 28 gauge or 26 gauge steel.

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