General Educational Comments:
Selecting siding for your home 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.
New siding, when carefully applied, will enhance the appearance and the value of your home.
When installing siding, exterior wall sheathing will be necessary for insulation. Without sheathing, such as a thick layer of foam sheathing siding has a very little if any insulation value.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you thoroughly check out the prospect's business and workmanship. Contact previous customers about job skills/performance.
Have all terms of the contract put in writing, including but not limited to: dates when the project is to be started and completed; costs of labor and materials; the specific types of materials to be used; warranties and guarantees regarding product durability and workmanship; and any other items that you want expressed with respect to the manner in which the job is to be performed.
The quality of the finished siding job depends on good preparation of the work surface, especially for re-siding jobs. This means all loose boards and wood trim must be securely nailed; rotted boards replaced; and old paint build-up or caulking scraped away.
Older homes that require frequent painting because of peeling, or chipping, may be the most likely candidates for re-siding.