Composite house siding tends to be more cost-effective and easier to maintain than traditional wood siding. Composite siding is also available in a wide range of shapes and colors to allow for maximum customization, and it is often made of recycled materials. Many types of composite house siding are available, including fiber cement, aluminum and asphalt, and each type has its unique benefits and drawbacks.
Fiber cement siding is one of the most popular types of composite siding for use on homes. It often resembles wood siding, but other shapes are available. It is resistant to fire, rot and termites, and it holds paint well, so it requires little maintenance. Fiber cement siding is a little more expensive per square foot than vinyl siding, but it's much more economical than wood siding.
Aluminum composite siding comes in large panels and is available in a huge variety of colors. The flexible material easily clads custom buildings of any size and shape, and it is resistant to impact and fire. It is often used on commercial and industrial buildings.
Asphalt shingles are sometimes used for siding, but the strips of three-tab models can be problematic. It is best to use interlocking shingles that stay in place without glue. The shingles are lightweight and effective at blocking weather-related damage.