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Pros and Cons of Common Siding Options

Siding material Pros Cons First Cost Recommendation
Solid wood
  • Renewable resource
  • Some FSC-certified or salvaged siding available
  • May be reusable
  • Requires frequent painting or staining
  • May come from unsustainable forestry operations
Medium to high Use if FSC certified or salvaged
Vinyl
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Doesn’t rot
  • Toxins created during manufacturing and disposal
  • Few recycling options
Low Avoid
Stucco
  • Durable
  • Fire-resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Requires careful installation to prevent moisture problems
High OK to use
Fiber-cement
  • Durable
  • Fire-resistant
  • Doesn’t rot
  • Portland cement is energy intensive to manufacture
  • Wood fibers from imported, non-FSC certified sources
Medium OK to use
Aluminum
  • Durable
  • Fire-resistant
  • Recyclable and contains recycled content
  • Low-maintenance
  • Energy intensive to manufacture
  • Quarrying bauxite ore to make aluminum has environmental impacts
  • Susceptible to dents
Low OK to use
Masonry
  • Durable
  • Fire-resistant
  • Uses abundant (although nonrenewable) resources
  • Low maintenance
  • Local or salvaged products may be available
  • Portland cement manufacturing and brick firing are energy intensive
High OK to use
Engineered wood (OSB, hardboard, plywood)
  • Uses wood fiber from small, lower-grade trees
  • Requires frequent painting
  • Prone to premature disintegration if it gets wet
Low Avoid

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