4 Popular Siding Styles for Minnesota Homes

4 Popular Siding Styles for Minnesota Homes

Every part of your home inside and out has to be well maintained in order to withstand Minnesota’s bitter cold winters and hot summers. The siding on your home certainly plays a large role in that.

Here are the four most popular siding styles in Minnesota.


Vinyl siding is the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to siding styles for a home. It’s the most affordable siding you can invest in and offers a wide array of colors to choose from.

Living in the sometimes volatile and harsh climate of Arden Hills, Minnesota, vinyl siding can also play a pivotal role in your house’s insulation. Vinyl’s chemical make-up and color block the UV rays of summer and deflect the frigid winds of winter.

If you like getting the job done and not having to go back to it again, vinyl is perfect as it takes a simple spray of the garden hose to maintain. It doesn’t always last its 25 years estimated lifespan but will easily give you a solid 10-15 years of low-maintenance siding.

Vinyl siding is also relatively simple to install, but if installed improperly, it can cause major problems down the road. That’s why most people hire a professional siding contractor to make sure the job is done right.


Steel siding is one of the strongest sidings you can invest in. As you may know, living around the Arden Hills and Roseville area, we are subject to harsh winters. Steel siding negates the effects of inclement weather such as rain or snow. Even a hail storm can result in steel siding surviving unscathed.

While not the best on this list for insulation and noise reduction, steel siding negates the absorption of moisture which can lead to mold or fungus. There are also many colors and styles to choose from, so you’re not pigeon-holed into just choosing a plain-steel color.

One of the best features of steel siding is its ability to be recycled. So if you ever decide to replace it, you will know it won’t be just sitting in some landfill.

Some other cons of steel siding are it may be subject to rust, especially in moist areas near lakes or rivers. It’s also a bit more pricey than vinyl and more laborious to install, but with proper installation, steel siding can be worth the money down the road!

Fiber Cement

This siding is a heavy-weight in terms of durability. Fiber cement siding is made out of three simple components: cement, water, and cellulose fiber (wood pulp.) Before 1980, fiber cement siding contained cancer-causing asbestos. Fortunately, in modern times, fiber cement is asbestos-free.

If you’re looking for siding you may never have to replace again, fiber cement would be your best option as it has upwards of a 30-year life expectancy.

Fiber cement is resistant to rotting and warping. Much like steel siding, fiber cement can withstand harsh weather and is also the most fire-resistant siding you can find. Due to its tough material, fiber cement also negates pests such as termites.

Fiber Cement does cost about twice as much as vinyl siding and is significantly heavier per square foot. If you’re planning to never put new siding on your home ever again, however, fiber cement is the way to go.

Engineered Wood

Wood siding is the classic, rustic look found on mighty cabins in the woods. The problem with regular lumber siding is that it’s highly susceptible to weather and water damage. Alternatively, engineered wood is designed to negate these effects.

Instead of using lumber, engineered wood is manufactured by taking strands of wood fibers and binding them together with an adhesive then heat-treated to assure its strength. While being relatively cost-effective, engineered wood can be cut to specific measurements for a custom job.

You can find an abundance of different styles and colors that fit your needs and tastes with engineered wood. Although it’s still a relatively low maintenance option, it still requires more maintenance than any other siding style on this list. It may need a fresh coat of paint every few years to guarantee its durability. 

If you’re a young homeowner that doesn’t mind maintaining this siding every few years, then engineered wood siding may be for you!

Pick Apple Exteriors for Expert Siding Services

Like many home projects, installing new siding is worth taking the time to contemplate over price and the style that best suits you.

Not only are these four siding styles the most popular in Minnesota, but Apple Exteriors also specializes in these styles. Call us at 651-36-APPLE or get a free quote online today!

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