Vinyl siding has a couple advantages over other types of siding. For one, it requires little or no maintenance, typically a simple hosing down. Another advantage is vinyl can be manufactured to simulate other types of materials like colonial era wood clapboard or cedar shake shingles. Vinyl won't rot or flake, and is less expensive than most other materials used for siding. Life expectancy is right around 50 years.
Some disadvantages include fading, splitting, cracking - especially in climates that experience freezing temps, which makes the siding more brittle - and toxic chemicals are released upon burning, in the unfortunate event of a fire. Installation cost is simpler and straightforward, and not prohibitively expensive.
Aluminum siding has pros in the areas of energy efficiency, dent and marring resistance, won't crack, and is fireproof. It can be ordered in a variety of colors in the form of an enamel coating, and the metal reflects heat, controlling both heating and cooling costs.Being a technology decades old, aluminum siding is regarded as cheap when compared to wood or brick. Even with a longevity of 30-50 years, it has simply fallen out of fashion despite its energy saving upside. The cost is slightly higher than vinyl siding, and has virtually no maintenance required except for maybe hosing it off.
Natural Wood Siding
Wood siding grants your home an elegant and upscale look, like providing a touch of rustic feel. Wood siding can be set clapboard style, vertically, or diagonally providing an awesome array of customization. A good range of colors are available if choosing a stain, but clear sealer and even paint are also options. Also, wood is a renewable resource and environmentally responsible.
Disadvantages are cost of materials and installation, especially if you jump into a custom designed look. There is also a maintenance schedule that comes with subsequent applications of finish in order to keep everything looking tip top. The curb appeal is worth it though, if you're willing to maintain every few years.