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A Guide to the Home's Exterior

Along with your roof, your home's siding provides protection for your family against Mother Nature. It also contributes greatly to energy efficiency and curb appeal. That's why it's important to do the job right when repairing or replacing your siding. Hiring a pro also absolves you of the potential danger of climbing a ladder to do much of the work.

ImproveNet can connect you with up to four siding contractors in your area for free! But before you start accepting quotes, you might want to educate yourself about the different types of siding available and the costs involved with each.


There are several types of siding materials on the market, and each has pros and cons. Vinyl siding is the most popular option thanks to its durability, strength, water-resistance and affordability. Plus, it can be made in dozens of colors and sizes. Wooden siding is often considered to be the most attractive option, and it allows you to create a customized look on the exterior of the home. However, wood siding can be more expensive, and the upkeep and maintenance is also more time-consuming. Fiber cement siding is a newer option on the market that is durable for decades. Since it is heavy and difficult to install, however, you won't be able to do any of the labor yourself, which can increase the overall costs. Other siding options include stucco, engineered wood, metal and synthetic stone.


Installing siding on the exterior of your home is a big project, and it can also be an expensive one. Although it is possible to tackle siding an entire home as a DIY job, the vast majority of homeowners will hire a professional. As you might expect, the costs will vary significantly depending on the materials you use and the size of the home. However, the average expense of siding installation ranges from $7,564 all the way to $10,940

Factors to Consider

Along with the cost and the installation process, there are several factors that play a role in choosing the perfect siding for your home. You shouldn't overlook the importance of aesthetics, because a home that looks appealing can have a greater resale value in the long run. Durability is also important. Siding that is inexpensive today but needs to be entirely replaced in five years certainly won't be a good value in the long-term. Climate also plays a role in which siding materials are best in certain environments. If the climate is stable, with no drastic temperature fluctuations, then energy efficiency indoors may be less important to the homeowner.

To estimate how much siding your home will require, simply use measurements of the exterior and add 10 to 15 percent. From there, professional contractors can give you cost projections based on your choice of material. 

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