There are many different types of siding materials that you can choose to use on your home. Each one has positives and negatives associated with it.
Most siding can be installed by the home owner and 1 or 2 helpers with basic tools. Most large home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot offer in store seminars on how to install siding. By going the DIY route you will save yourself substantial money on the siding project.
Hardie plank can come with a 50 year warranty.
If you choose to use a cedar siding on your home, plan on having it painted every 4-6 years. The paint will not only add an aesthetic appeal to your home, but will also protect the siding from the elements.
Hardie plank is a recommended siding. This siding provides low maintenance, but unlike vinyl, doesn't sacrifice the beauty and character of wood. Hardie Plank siding won't rot or crack, and it resists damage from rain, hail and flying debris. It's also available pre-finished with a 15-year paint warranty. Best of all, this siding is fire resistant.
The area you live in will dictate what type of siding may be best for your home. You will probably choose a different siding if you live down in Florida, Texas or another Southern state than you would if you lived in Alaska, Washington or Vermont. First, look at where you live and research which siding choices are best in your area.
Along with various colors and styles to choose from, siding, whether it is wood or vinyl have different grade levels and is priced accordingly. Once you have found a style that you like, shop around for price, always comparing apples to apples.
Vinyl siding is one of the most widely used and reasonably priced sidings available. Shop around and look at not only price but how well the siding is rated and how well it is made to handle the elements of your specific area of the country. Some sidings have a longer life span than others and some are made more specifically for areas of cold or areas of warmer weather.
Depending on your neighborhood, you may be required to place a certain style of siding on your home. Some communities require that everyone within the neighborhood needs to place cedar siding on their home. This creates a certain aesthetic appeal to the neighborhood, and can result in rapidly appreciating property values. Another advantage is that you won't have to worry about one home in your neighborhood that decides to do something to their house that will ultimately affect your property value as well.
Adding siding can improve the value of your home and make it easier to sell. Adding siding can be an effective method to sell your home in a slow market.