Selecting siding for your house is like choosing furniture or a major appliance; it must be durable, attractive and within your price range. When you combine those prerequisites with the wide array of siding available, making the choice can be difficult. Whether you have a new house constructed, or planning a major facelift for your existing home, there are a number of factors to consider when selecting exterior siding. For example, you should consider your own taste, the style of your house, the prevailing styles in the neighborhood, siding types, quality, costs and complexity of the installation process. Applying your own siding may be a challenging, but difficult, do-it-yourself project that possibly can save 50 percent or more of the overall costs. However, other factors influence the cost. For example, do you want low maintenance aluminum or vinyl? Do you want to have it professionally installed, at an additional price? Whichever siding type you choose, it will not be inexpensive. However, new siding, carefully applied, will enhance the appearance and value of your home.