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Siding Installation Guide

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Siding Installation Guide

House siding is a great way to improve the look of your home. Siding comes in a variety of colors and can be made from many different kinds of materials. If you have decided to have siding installed on your home, there are some things you should be aware of.


According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl is the most popular material choice for covering the outside of your home. On their website, the group cites stats from the U.S. Census that show that twice as many homeowners side their homes with vinyl than with any other material.


Whether you’re the siding you want for your home is made of vinyl, wood, aluminum, or any other material – it’s important to get educated before you invest the money to have the work done.

  1. 1.What kind of siding will you use?

    House siding is a great way to improve the look of your home. Siding comes in a variety of colors and can be made from many different kinds of materials.

    The kind of siding you pick depends on the way you want your home to look, what your budget is and how much work you want to invest in keeping it looking good. Wood can be a very attractive siding choice, but it requires a lot of maintenance. The wood must be painted or stained, and the paint or stain often needs periodic retouching. Also, wood can rot, warp and split. Aluminum siding is easier on the wallet, but can be loud and sometimes unattractive. Vinyl siding usually costs even less than aluminum and comes in a variety of colors.

  2. 2.Who will you hire to install?

    Most homeowners have a lot of options when it comes to hiring someone to install their home’s siding. However, there are some things you can do to help sort out who is best for you. Make sure you get a professional – not just your brother-in-law’s sister’s friend who does home improvement on the side. Why? Because if you hire a knowledgeable pro, it’s more likely that your siding installation will be done well, and in a reasonable amount of time. Take time to see if your professional is online. Sometimes, an up-to-date website is a good indicator of a well-run business. Look for pictures of recent work, as well as full descriptions of the services they offer.

  4. 3.Help preserve your home’s siding.

    Once the project is done, ask your contractor what you can do to maintain it. Depending on what kind of siding you selected, your answer will vary. You can usually keep vinyl siding clean by hosing it down periodically. You could use a soft scrub brush to get rid of stuck-on dirt. Inspect your home’s siding periodically to look for fading color or places where the siding appears to be coming off of your home. You should also check the siding after a heavy storm comes through your area.


    Siding helps add to the first impression your home makes on your visitors. Both careful instillation and good maintenance are the keys to caring for your siding. Keep it looking good, and your entire home will look good for a long, long time.

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