Vinyl siding is the most widely used type of siding. It comes pre-finished, but does require repainting over time. Vinyl siding sells for about $2 to $3 per square foot at the time of publication, compared between $3 and $4 per square foot for Hardiplank. There are two types: solid core and hollow core. Solid core is the newest version of vinyl siding and is the more durable of the two. It can withstand damage from mower blades, baseballs, golf balls and weather.
Composite Wood Siding
Composite wood siding is also known as engineered wood siding or cement siding. It is a manmade material that comes in three varieties: hardboard, oriented strand board and veneered plywood. These options come pre-finished and ready-to-install, but do need to be repainted over time. Like Hardiplank, composite wood siding looks like natural wood and costs, on average, $3 to $4 per square foot at the time of publication. It is also highly resistant to fire, bugs and peeling.
Aluminum siding is durable in all climates. It comes in pre-finished strips and costs between $3 and $5 per square foot at the time of publication. Each strip contains holes on the top that allow them to be fastened to the exterior wall. Interlocking flanges on the top and bottom act as a weather seal. Denting is a common problem with this siding option, however.
Fiberglass siding does not look like wood; instead, it has a more matte appearance. It is a durable option that can withstand extreme temperatures, insects and rodents. It is light -- one-third the weight of Hardiplank -- and impact-resistant. It resists oxidation and corrosion, and as such it is a great option for coastal areas and areas that experience extreme temperatures. Fiberglass siding costs an average of $2 to $3 per square foot at the time of publication.