Cost of New Siding

by The Carpenter

Cost of New Siding

New siding serves twofold purpose – it protects the house or the building from the elements and it also greatly improves its appearance. The traditional materials that were the choice of the day decades ago are slowly being replaced with cheaper, more durable and environmentally-friendlier ones.

Unless you have unlimited resources (and most of us don’t), you will have to carefully consider the cost of a new sliding. The first factor that you have to take into account is to actually decide if you need new sliding at all. Regardless of your house’s current siding material, it most likely can be restored – metal, brick, wood and even vinyl tend to fade and get discolored over time, but simple restoration can bring back the siding’s colors and add some gloss to it as well. Not to mention that the restoration process is likely to cost anywhere from ten to fifteen times less per square foot than new sliding installation.

If your house desperately needs new siding though, then you have to take a closer look at the different available options –wood, aluminum, and vinyl are by far the most commonly used sliding materials, but others are available as well. Wood was greatly popular years ago and still is today, but even though it is natural, absolutely beautiful, and ages well, it also requires painting and regular maintenance, which adds to the cost. Aluminum is durable and fireproof, but is poor insulator and also costlier than vinyl, which makes the latter the most popular choice today. And since vinyl is easy to maintain, typically more affordable than the other materials and low-maintenance, you might want to give it some serious consideration.

Which brings us to the next question: how can you lower the costs of your new vinyl siding?

1. Think long-term: consider vinyl siding with higher R-Value and even though the higher value comes with higher initial cost, in the long run you will inevitably save large amount of money on heating due to the better insulation of the siding.

2. Install the siding yourself – this can save you a lot of money, but it is also potentially disastrous, so you should proceed only if you are confident that you can handle the task well. The main challenge is to accurately estimate the amount of needed siding and then carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions during the installation process.

3. Hiring a professional is what most people do and this can be pricey, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t shop around: get a quote from a few contractors, ask friends and family for recommendations and choose the contractor that gives you good price and is known for his high quality work. You can compare local siding contractors for free here… its free and you don’t need a credit card.

Keep in mind that when choosing the siding type for your house, you will have to take quite a few other factors into consideration as well: regulations, the type of the existing siding (if any), and the climate should be taken into account before making any final decisions. However, when done right new sliding can not only immensely improve your house’s appearance and protect it from the elements, but also greatly increase its re-sale value as well.

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