There are many options to be considered when you are looking at house siding installation. You are confronted with having to choose the material of the siding, its color, texture and insulation. Once the material is finalized you need to move to the next step of siding installation, either on your own or through contractors specialized in this work.
Types of Siding
A siding has two main functions. It is meant to protect a home and insulate it from the weather. That it can also add to the elegance to a home is an added benefit. Siding for the external surfaces of homes can be of steel, aluminum, vinyl or wood. Steel siding is thick and highly durable. It is fire and water resistant and is a good choice for places where the weather is very fickle. It requires no maintenance and can be coated or painted if required. The installation requires no caulking or other means to waterproof installations, as the designs cater for this through well designed joints. Its cost can be an inhibiting factor. Aluminum siding is cheaper than steel, but is almost as durable. Its light weight gives it an advantage that can reduce structural costs. It is easily cleaned. Its only disadvantage is that it can get dented very easily, even by hail. This may require panels to be replaced at times. Vinyl siding is an option that is very popular, because of its low cost. It is termite proof and easy to clean. It is available in a large variety of colors thus make it an architects delight. It can release toxic fumes if it burns, and is thus not acceptable to environmentalists. .
Wood siding gives a home a natural look. You can paint and stain wood to get the desired finish. It is however vulnerable to termites, mildew and moss.
Things to Consider for Siding Installation
Now that you have chosen your siding material from the options given above, you need to proceed to the next step of arranging to have it installed. Enthusiastic homeowners who are into DIY will relish this work, but this does need a fair amount of organization and effort. Getting a contractor to do the work is something that is feasible for everyone. Choose a siding contractor who has the right experience and reliability. Make sure that the agency appointed has the right tools, scaffolding and experienced workers who can do a fair job of your siding installation. The agency needs to be licensed and insured, so that there is proper protection against accidents. Get a detailed estimate and include all aspects of the work, down to clearing up after the job is complete. You can give a contract that includes materials for the siding, as this can save you the bother of arranging for it separately, and being concerned about wastage or shortages.
A proper siding installation requires a proper framing that has to be part of any work contract. The proper installation of framework is as important as the siding itself, and can make a difference to the final product. Decide on any insulation before you take up siding installation. In the long run, the proper R values can help you to save on utility bills, and thus reduce the cost of your siding.