Wood Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

In the market for new siding? Making up the majority of your home’s exterior and one of the first things visitors see, the siding of your home should not only look good but also be durable and energy-efficient. If you need to replace your old siding, you have a few different options—from wood to fiber cement to aluminum and much more.

Two popular types of siding are wood and vinyl. What are the differences between the two and which one should you install?


Difference Between Vinyl & Wood Siding

How do wood and vinyl siding differ? Which one is better?


Wood siding has been around for a long time—you can see it on homes decades old. From cedar shakes to board and batten, there are different styles of wood siding. While this type of siding has unmatched warmth and natural beauty, it does require maintenance and more work to remain in good shape.


More of a newcomer to the market, vinyl siding is low-maintenance and comes in a variety of colors to complement any home exterior. Plus, some vinyl siding can resemble wood.

Main Differences

  • Maintenance: Vinyl requires less maintenance
  • Durability: Vinyl tends to last longer than wood

The material you install depends on your preferences and priorities! If you want a material with natural charm and unique character and don’t mind the upkeep, wood may be the right siding for you. For lower-maintenance siding that can last for years and years, you may be better off with vinyl.

Siding Installation in Maryland, DC & Northern Virginia

Shanco Companies can install new siding on your home. We primarily install vinyl and fiber cement but often recommend:

  • Cedar siding
  • Alcoa siding
  • Napco siding
  • James Hardie siding

For nearly 25 years, we have been helping Washington, DC metropolitan area homeowners with their exterior home improvement needs, including siding. To learn more about our siding installation or to schedule an initial consultation, contact us today!



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