Things You Will Need
Measuring tape, Calculator, Pad and pencil
Measure how many square feet you will need to purchase based on the area of your home that you want to cover with siding. Add and additional 20% to the amount. You will use this figure to calculate the cost of each type of siding that you are interested in putting on your home. After all, there are always budget considerations that have to be taken into account.
Review design and architectural magazines to see how the different types of siding look on different styles of homes. Then visit a home center or supplier to see the actual products that you are most interested in. Make sure that you review the different levels of quality that each manufacturer has and the difference in the price of each.
The next step is to pick the type of siding that best fits you tastes and budget. The following are several of the most popular types of siding used today:
Aluminum siding has been one of the most popular in postwar
- Vinyl siding has become the siding of choice for both builders and those that are remodeling. It has improved over the years and now comes with realistic wood grains and deeper profiles. Its' advantages are that it never needs painting and it is impervious to rotting, peeling or chipping. Therefore it needs very low maintenance.
- Insulated vinyl is now available that is backed with expanded polystyrene foam for support and insulation value. Insulated vinyl is more impact resistant and can reduce outside noises by up to 50 percent as well as improve the R value of your outside walls. The only drawback is that it does cost more than conventional vinyl siding.
- One of the newest products on the market is liquid vinyl siding. This is a paint like coating system made from polymers and resins and dries to the thickness of a credit card. It will expand and contact as the temperature changes to allow the cladding behind it to breathe.
- Another alternative is fiber-cement board siding. This siding is made of cement, sand, cellulose fibers and water. They are moisture and decay resistant and hold paint up to four times longer than wood and they rarely peel or blister. However, they do cost between 10 and 50 percent more than vinyl.
- Wood clapboard and shakes are still available but cost more and require considerably more maintenance. While considered upscale when compared to other types of siding, they are not recommended in areas that are susceptible to wild fires.
Choosing the right siding can dramatically improve the appearance of your home and increase its' curb appeal and value.
Tips & Warnings
Siding is usually sold in squares the same as roofing shingles. A square is equal to 100 square feet.