If you ask ten builders what type of siding is best for a shed, you might get ten different answers. However, if you become familiar with the attributes and applications of the common types of siding, you'll be sure to choose the best kind of siding for your particular project. Learn about the pros, cons and characteristics of the most common types of shed siding and select the right one for your shed.
Fibre cement siding looks like wood but doesn't suffer the same degree of rot and pest damage. Fibre cement siding consists of cement, sand and synthetic fibres. The ingredients are mixed and pressed to form planks or sheets. An industrial stamping process imprints a faux wood grain pattern across the exposed side of fibre cement siding. Because fibre cement siding's ingredients are primarily inorganic, finished fibre cement siding is more resistant to rot and pest infestation than traditional wooden siding. You can paint fibre cement siding and most fibre cement siding manufacturers offer a limited warranty for their products. However, the great benefits of fibre cement siding come at a price; fibre cement siding is considerably more expensive than traditional wooden siding. Also notable for the installer, fibre cement siding weighs considerably more than other shed siding options.
Traditional, attractive and relatively inexpensive, wood shed siding is available in sheets, lapping planks or tongue-and-groove planks. The best type of wood siding for shed applications must resist pests and rot. Therefore, naturally hardy lumber, such as redwood and cedar, makes the best siding for sheds. Redwood and cedar siding is usually available as planks; horizontally installed planks that overlap are called "shiplap" siding, and planks that interlock at their edges are called "tongue-and-groove" planks. Among the types of wood siding, redwood and cedar are often the most expensive. Although less resistant to decay and pests, exterior-rated plywood siding is inexpensive and easy to install. Exterior plywood is one of the most common types of siding used to cover sheds. The most popular plywood siding is called T-111. T-111 siding's exposed side has a grooved pattern that imitates tongue-and-groove or board and batten exteriors.
Although generally more expensive than fibre cement or wood, vinyl siding is extremely durable and requires very little maintenance. Vinyl is a type of plastic, it resists pests and it is virtually immune to decay. Unlike fibre cement or wood, vinyl does not need painting or staining; vinyl siding's original colour resists fading and lasts many years. However, plastic materials might become brittle, and sanding rarely conceals scratches or gouges on a vinyl surface. Ultimately, the builder must decide if the increased longevity of vinyl siding justifies the initial expense.