How to Choose Between Types of Exterior Home Siding

Exterior Home Siding Products in Kalamazoo, MI

Whether you need to replace damaged siding or install siding for new construction, you’ll need to become familiar with what types of materials can be used on the exterior of your home.

When you consult with a building supply company, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of exterior siding materials so you can achieve the look you want.


In this blog post, we explain the pros and cons of different types of home siding so you can make an informed decision for your home.

Here are some questions to get you started while comparison shopping for siding.

  • How durable is this siding against rain, snow, and UV rays?
  • Is this material resistant to rot, mold, or insects?
  • What maintenance is required?
  • What is the cost of exterior home siding?
  • Will this siding complement my home’s exterior?

Vinyl Siding

Many of our customers prefer vinyl siding because it is affordable and low maintenance. Unlike other types of exterior home siding, you don’t have to worry about vinyl siding warping or twisting. Vinyl is also resistant against water and insect activity. To keep vinyl siding in good condition, we recommend placing barbeques a safe distance away to prevent melting.

Vinyl siding comes in a range of colors and styles so you can match the roof, windows, shutters, exterior doors, and even landscaping. Vinyl siding can even be made to look like wood siding from a distance.

Wood Siding

Many homeowners fall in love with the rustic aesthetic of wood siding, which can be finished or left natural. However, keep in mind that painted or stained wood siding will need to be retouched over the years to maintain its natural beauty.

While wood siding is vulnerable to warping, rot, and insects, many of our customers prefer the traditional look of wood siding to other materials. Wood clapboard siding or wood shingles are also more expensive than other materials like vinyl, which makes it an investment in your home.

Shake Siding

If you don’t want to deal with the maintenance involved with wood siding, you may want to consider shake siding. Shake siding gives your home the look of wood siding without having to worry about water or insect damage. Whether you prefer the look of cedar shake shingle siding or vinyl shake siding, a home exterior siding supplier will be able to offer samples of both so you can make the best decision.

Fiber Cement Siding

If you’ve lived in Michigan for any length of time, you know that the temperature has a habit of dropping once we get to October. Thankfully, fiber cement siding doesn’t get brittle with cold temperatures, which makes it a good choice for Michigan homes. Fiber cement siding is also resistant to mold and mildew.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is waterproof and durable, making it an excellent choice for Michigan homes. Whether you decide to install aluminum siding may depend on personal preference as some people don’t like the way it looks up close. However, aluminum siding is still prized for being able to resist water infiltration and insects.

Eikenhout is a Michigan building supply company dedicated to providing the best exterior siding brands for homeowners. If you are interested in browsing our inventory of exterior siding, feel free to call any of our eight Michigan locations. We are proud to serve customers in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Mount Pleasant, Holland, Traverse City, Saginaw, Petoskey, and Kalamazoo.