Siding is an attractive and durable material covering the exterior of your home. Most siding comprises the very outside layer of your home's exterior and serves to effectively protect and insulate. There are a number of different factors affecting the cost of installation or repair. Most installation professionals will not separate out the cost of materials from the cost of labor but will instead quote the entire job as one price.
The size of your home and the type of siding you choose are the biggest cost factors. There are many types of siding, but the most common are wood, metal and vinyl. There are other less obvious factors to consider, though. The complex shape of your home can play a part in the costs. A simple box-shaped home is easier to side than a house with complex eaves, turrets or multiple stories. In addition, some siding can be installed directly over older siding, whereas others will need to have the old siding removed before installing a new layer. If old siding must be removed first, the cost will be higher. Continue Reading
Wood siding is the most classic and traditional of all siding materials. Wood siding can be very expensive for a variety of reasons, but primarily because it requires the most maintenance as it is the least durable. The best woods to use include those that hold up well to weather and moisture, such as cedar or redwood. Many people prefer wood siding because of its traditional look and feel.
Metal siding is durable, long-lasting, affordable and can be painted any color to match your home. It must be coated and treated correctly to withstand weather conditions. Metal siding can also get dented and therefore may need to have sections replaced if damaged.
Vinyl and other synthetics are great materials for siding because they are affordable, last a long time, and can be installed directly over other siding materials. The look of vinyl siding is not as versatile as wood or metal since it only comes in a limited number of colors. In addition, vinyl can also at times be "too good" as an insulator and not allow your home enough circulating air. As a result moisture and mold problems might develop inside your home if not watched carefully.
No matter what type of siding you install, there are methods to keep it in good shape. Have vinyl siding power washed either before or after summer to remove dirt and grime, as well as remove any insects that may have nested in your siding. Wood siding needs to be treated every four to six years depending on the amount of snow and sun your area receives. Always be sure to treat the underlying problem before you repair the siding, like cracks or peeling in the wall. Otherwise the problem may crop up again later. Repair methods vary depending on the type of siding you have, but most are fairly simple to fix. Nailing loose sheathing, replacing rotted elements and patching any holes or gaps will help in maintaining your siding for a long time.