Siding Materials: Which Is Best for Your Tiny House?

by Ari Koufos 07/25/2022

When designing a custom tiny home, you will need to select your building materials. One key decision is what to use for siding. There are different options for siding and cladding suitable for tiny homes. Here are some of the best options when choosing materials for the exterior of your tiny home:

Real Wood Siding

Wood siding made of cedar and pine is incredibly popular for tiny homes. Both wood options are affordable and very durable, though not completely fire safe. Wood is easy to shape into distinct looks. For example, instead of clapboard or shiplap siding design, you can fashion shingles and shakes to give the house a completely different aesthetic. Pine is nice for those who like to DIY, as it’s lightweight and strong enough to withstand transportation.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is another option for siding that is affordable and lightweight. In terms of aesthetic quality, there is a wide range of possibilities for vinyl. While some cheaper, older style vinyl might look just like plastic, some of the modern and more advanced vinyl siding can mimic the look of wood or natural stone with ease.

Vinyl comes with some advantages over natural materials because it doesn’t rot or rust. It’s also totally moisture resistant, making it a smart choice for wetter climates. However, it can also be extremely flammable.

Metal Siding

The two main options for metal siding are aluminum and corrugated steel. Both come with some great advantages, including being extremely durable and easily accessible. Aluminum siding won’t warp with temperature fluctuations and is also resistant to rust and mildew. When installed correctly, it can make your home airtight and extremely energy efficient. Corrugated steel has some of the same advantages.

It’s also easy to customize with colored paint or other finishes and its wavy texture makes it less susceptible to dents or other damage. Aluminum, however, is easy to scratch and dent, which might mean panel replacements sooner rather than later.

These are the three most popular for tiny home siding. All of them share the same lightweight and durable characteristics and come with their own special considerations. Research carefully to determine how to make the best choice for your design.

About the Author

Ari Koufos

I have been selling Real Estate in the Greater Boston Area since 1997. I am the Co-Founder & Current Broker/Owner of Realty Executives in Watertown. A lifelong resident of Watertown which I still reside with my Wife Debra and my Twins Emily & Christopher.  I am a  supporter of many local & national charities. One of my most rewarding fundraisers was as a rider in the PanMass Challenge in 2010,2011,2015 & 2016 raising over $50,000 over those 4 years for the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund. I am a 1988 Graduate of Bentley University in Waltham. I have extensive knowledge of all types of Real Estate participating in over 1000 transactions. I also have New Construction experience & specialize in condo conversions.  

Purchasing a home is one of the single most important investments in a person's life. With my expertise and guidance in the home buying and selling process, I can help find the most appropriate home for you. You can be assured that an experienced Real Estate Professional is working with your interests in mind. Please contact me on my cell at 617-799-8948 for a free consult if you are thinking of Buying or Selling your home.