Engineered Wood Siding:
Engineered wood, or composite wood, is made with wood products and other materials. Oriented strand board (OSB), hardboard, and veneered plywood are examples of engineered wood products. Engineered wood usually comes in panels that are easy and inexpensive to install. The panels may be molded to create the look of traditional clapboards. Because the textured grain is uniform, engineered wood does not look exactly like real wood. Still, the appearance is more natural than vinyl or aluminum
Cedar Shingle Siding:
Homes sided in cedar shingles (also called "shakes") blend beautifully with wooded landscapes. Made of natural cedar, the shingles are usually stained browns, grays, or other earthen colors. Shakes offer the natural look of real wood, but usually require less maintenance than wood clapboard. By using stain rather than paint, you can minimize peeling.
Seamless Steel Siding:
Seamless steel siding is very strong and resists shrinking and bulging when the temperatures change. The siding is custom fit to the exact measurements of your house. You can purchase steel siding with a wood-look texture. Or, for a modern house, consider the industrial look of corrugated steel.
Want to go GREEN...Here are some Environmental Options:
Fiber cement siding is considered to be a green siding, and it is also very durable, and rot and insect resistant. It looks very much like wood siding, and is available in many styles, and you can even get boards with factory applied color. Often times called Handiplank or Hardipanel.
Cedar or pine siding that is FSC certified is considered a green siding product. FSC certified means that the wood came from a forest that is grown and harvested by Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. The trees are grown and harvested much like corn or wheat, it just takes a little longer. The siding is just like the wood siding you are used to seeing on older houses but its green