5 Popular Home Siding Types for Modern Architecture

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Modern architecture has a significant impact on the way we live today. The design of homes today differs significantly from what it used to look like. People are now living in spaces that feel more open and free. Architects now design houses to look edgy and even futuristic to achieve a timeless appeal.

One of the greatest aspects of a modern-looking home is the exterior. Evidently, the siding is more than just a finish for your house. It also serves as a protective barrier and should be chosen with care. Knowing this, below are the top siding options used in present-day, modern architecture.

Vinyl Siding

Despite being invented back in the 1950s, vinyl siding continues to be popular cladding for modern homes. This material is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a type of synthetic plastic. People love its durability, affordability, easy installation, low maintenance, and resistance to elements (water, termites, etc.) that typically destroy exteriors.

Vinyl also comes in various colors to match any modern home design, including classic shades of green, blue, gray, white, and red. Despite having such incredible traits, the material isn’t without flaws. First, repainting vinyl can be expensive. Second, it’s susceptible to breakage due to strong winds and extreme temperature fluctuations. Last, it quickly melts when exposed to flames. Weigh these cons carefully before you consider coating your home with vinyl.

Fiber Cement

Another standard siding option for modern homes is fiber cement. This material is typically formed from sand, water, wood fibers, and Portland cement. What makes it great for modern architecture is its design flexibility. Fiber cement comes in different cuts with a wide variety of colors. On top of that, it can even imitate the look of expensive siding types, such as wood.

While the material itself doesn’t cost a lot, you will have to prepare a considerable budget for hiring professional siding contractors. Improper installation of fiber cement will often result in breakage in the future. Technically, you might as well spend a little extra to get it done right the first time.


No matter what era, wood siding will always be relevant and popular. Other exteriors simply can’t beat its fine texture, sophisticated look, natural appeal, and sleek finish as far as aesthetic appeal is concerned. Modern homes and wood siding are a match made in heaven. More than its stunning appearance, the material is pretty durable despite being manufactured from organic resources.

But with great power (or, in this case, great beauty) comes greater responsibility. Wood siding requires careful maintenance to prevent it from rotting, make it look fresh, and keep it durable for the years to come. Subsequently, this also means more money out of your pocket. And as you already know, fire is its kryptonite. To make things worse, the wood siding itself is pretty expensive. But if you can afford it, what’s stopping you from using wood to protect your home while making it look luxurious at the same time?

Natural Stone

Natural stone might not be as common as the others for modern architecture, but it is still a viable option for your home. See, the only reason it’s not popular is that it’s super expensive—far more costly than vinyl, fiber cement, and wood siding. Installing this type of siding means investing a considerable amount of time and money.

But enough about the numbers. It’s better to look at the cladding as a whole. Natural stone is undoubtedly stunning. Plus, you don’t have to worry whether the material is compatible with your home’s design, because there are so many types of natural stone that can match any theme. The good thing is that, like any rock, it’s durable against the weather and should last for decades. Its only weakness would be earthquakes that might cause it to crack.


Stucco is the perfect material for modern homes because it’s environmentally friendly, sustainable, and somewhat inexpensive. This siding comes in varying shades to match any style of architecture or design. However, what sets stucco apart from other materials like stone and wood is its durability. Since it is usually applied in three coats, you can trust that it can withstand heavy wind, weather, and wood-boring insects. It also provides a fire barrier for your home.

One downside to stucco is that it’s weak against sudden temperature changes. Always check for cracks from time to time. Another thing, installing stucco by yourself isn’t advisable. Instead, consider hiring a professional siding installation company to prevent errors and ensure efficiency.


Homeowners back in the day were not as lucky as you. They didn’t have as many options as you have now. Always do your research first before committing to a specific siding type. More importantly, you should check your potential siding contractor’s credentials and track record before signing a contract.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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