Angie Hicks, the creator of the Angie's List website, says, "While many people think about the exterior of their home as an asset as far as beauty of their home, it's really a big protector of the inside. If you think about it, your siding, the exterior of home is what is protecting you from the elements."
Homeowners have several siding options available. Wood, vinyl and fiber-cement are the most popular choices. Aluminum and composite are also available.
Steven Smalley, a siding contractor, says, "More people will tend to do the vinyl-insulated siding once they learn about all the sidings because the first question I ask them is do you want more of a maintenance-free product that is going to save you on energy? They say sure."
Each siding material has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to installation, maintenance and cost, so you need to do your research to find the perfect product for your home.
Weather can be one of the biggest enemies to your siding so before your contractor finishes the job, it's advised for you to keep some of the extra siding. Hicks says it will help to have some that matches your house if you need to do some repair work.
Siding manufacturers are often very specific on how the product should be installed. If the contractor doesn't do it correctly, it could actually void your warranty. Some manufacturers will also void your warranty if the siding has been altered, like if it's painted.