According to the 2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Remodeling report, replacing the siding on your home is the second most cost effective home remodel project you can do. This means a siding installation project can add both beauty and value to your home.

So, how can you make sure you choose the right siding for your home? Here are some tips to help get you started on the right path…

  • Set Your Budget—This goes for any home remodeling project you decide to do. Before you get started, you always need to have a budget in place. When setting your budget, always consider your normal monthly expenses as well as other routine costs (eating, transportation costs, etc.) Once you set a budget you can afford, make sure you stick to it. After all, that’s the whole point of coming up with a budget. It’s pointless if you don’t stick to it.
  • Don’t Sacrifice Quality—Now, you have to stick to the budget you set, but that doesn’t mean that price should be the only thing you consider. There is a lot of cheap siding out there, and you want to make sure you don’t end up wasting your money on an inferior product that ends up wearing out quickly. Always ask the retailer about any warranty that comes with your siding.
  • Consider Maintenance—Different types of siding require different levels of maintenance. For example, wood siding will require routine painting. Vinyl and aluminum siding, on the other hand, require less maintenance as they can be cleaned easily. However, vinyl and aluminum siding can’t be painted, so if you choose a color, you’re stuck with it.

To make sure you get the maximum value out of your siding installation, hire a professional contractor to oversee the project. This will help you stay on budget and will result in getting the job done right the first time.