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by Marcus Pickett

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In Orlando, vinyl siding is outselling the competition by about 3-to-1. It's no surprise as its low cost of installation makes in a natural fit for homeowners who need to shore up their home maintenance on a budget. You can't get too thrifty with your siding or with your delay in replacing it. Old siding may look like nothing more than an eyesore, but in some cases, it can present a real problem. Don't believe us? Listen to what this homeowner from Winter Springs said about his vinyl siding project, "Get it done before the carpenter bees and woodpeckers mess up your fascia." It's hard to imagine a stronger endorsement than that. Whatever your Orlando vinyl siding needs are, let us help you find the right person for the job and you'll be well on your way to a successful siding installation or repair.

New and Old Vinyl Siding in Orlando
The difference between vinyl siding, today, and that of 10, 20, 30 years ago is enormous. Foam backing and baked-on coatings have revolutionized the vinyl siding industry. Older forms of vinyl siding, as you might have the misfortune to experience firsthand, fades with prolonged exposure to the sun—something the Orlando area is known for. Baked-on coatings will not only protect your siding from fading, but it will expand your decorative options. Now that manufacturers aren't afraid of what will happen to the look of their product over the years, they're much more willing to offer a variety of colorful options.

The foam backing will increase the energy-efficiency of your siding and increase the durability of its joints, the most vulnerable place of any siding installation especially during times of high winds and rain. Indeed, after a hurricane, you should inspect not only your roofing, but your siding as well, as one home inspector estimated that "in 50 percent of the cases where the roof is damaged, so, too, will the siding be damaged."

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Orlando Vinyl Siding Costs
Although vinyl siding tends to be the cheapest way to go for new siding installation, it's still a major home improvement with costs to match. For low-end vinyl siding, a moderately sized home might pay $7,500-$10,000. Higher-end, foam-backed vinyl siding with protective treatments, might bump this average up to $9,000-$12,000. That said, these numbers are only averages. Recently, we've seen projects as low as $5,000 and as high as $15,000. Naturally, by looking at the intended coverage area, you can begin to guess where estimates may fall, but you shouldn't talk yourself into or out of anything without talking to local contractors. You should also keep in mind that new siding will raise the value of your home by approximately 80 percent of the cost of the siding.

Orlando Vinyl Siding Contractors and Installation
Few homeowners consider installing their own siding, but vinyl's ease of installation when compared to other siding materials means you won't have to pay as much for labor. Moreover, despite the fact that the work occurs on the exterior of your home, siding installation can be a loud, intrusive project. Vinyl siding installation may make the difference between installation that takes a few days and installation that takes a week or more.

Of course, it's impossible to underestimate the importance of finding an honest and professional Orlando siding contractor. Without quality workmanship at a reasonable price, you're shooting yourself in the foot the work even begins. To this end, ServiceMagic puts each and every contractor in our system through a rigorous ten-step screening process. We also provide you, the homeowner, with a quality-controlled database of customer ratings and reviews. This allows you to see what other people have said about their individual experience with contractors, while creating a powerful motivator for these professionals to meet and exceed your expectations.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.