Vinyl is very common and low maintenance, the color is molded throughout the material, so unlike aluminum, a scratch will not reveal a different color underlying layer. It will not dent and will bounce back to place after most blows. It is usually 0.044 inch thick and extremely strong and durable. Vinyl is inclined to ripple and buckle if not installed properly. Caulk must to be applied around doors, windows and corners. Make sure your contractor uses aluminum nails (won’t rust) to fasten the siding materials to exterior walls.
Solid wood is available in a wide variety of styles and shapes, including horizontal, vertical and beveled. Solid wood siding will usually be installed over building paper and nailed through to the exterior wall studs. A vapor barrier is required beneath the wood siding to prevent condensation of vapor from within the house from causing the wood to rot, as always a water repellent treatment is highly recommended.
Supplied in a wide variety of wood and patterns at different costs. Considered very strong, and therefore is usually applied directly to the wall studs. Manufactured in 4-foot width and 8-12 foot lengths, if you choose plywood siding for your house, make sure you pick the length you need to reduce the number of horizontal joints, it will make the overall look of the house better.