Siding is the process of placing a new fa��ade on a home, thereby giving it a fresh new look with a minimum of materials and effort. Many people like using siding because of the fact that it is placed directly on top of the existing exterior. This translates into less labor, fewer materials, and less hassle. Because of the time saved, the homeowner also saves money, regardless of whether the project is a "do-it-yourselfer" or completed by a contractor. Traditionally fashioned out of wood or vinyl, siding can now be manufactured from fiber cement. Some of the claims of this material are that it is non-combustible, holds paint longer than wood, resists rot and termites, and is thicker and more durable than vinyl.
Homeowners install siding (or have it installed) for a number of reasons:
- They may want to improve the appearance of the exterior of a house
- They could be looking to increase their home's value (structural integrity as well as curb appeal)
- It may be one part of an entire home renovation.
Because siding, unlike paint, does not require touch ups every few years, it can translate into less maintenance and long-term savings.
It seems there are few resources for do-it-yourself siding installation. Unlike interior renovation projects, siding installation requires tools and resources that many homeowners don't have and in which they don't want to invest. With so many companies vying for the business, competitive rates, quality workmanship and long warranties are readily available. A designer or contactor can help choose the material, color, styles and options that will work best for the particular home, based on the aesthetic look desired, weather conditions in the area, and budget.