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Choosing the right siding

When selecting siding, there are six basic issues to consider.

1. Water Resistance

Water-resistant types of siding will have longer life spans.

2. Ease of Installation

If you’re installing the siding on your own, make sure it is within your skill set, requires no special tools, and creates no harmful dust when cut.

3. Energy Efficiency

Check the R-value rating for energy savings and understand what will be needed as far as insulation beneath the cladding.

4. Aesthetics

Your siding will be in full view as you come and go, so make sure it is beautiful to you.

5. Versatility

Make sure the siding has the versatility to meet the varied needs of your specific project. If there are aspects of your home’s exterior that will make using a particular type of siding more challenging than others, make sure you understand what the added costs or necessary adjustments will be.

6. Durability

Does it have the strength to resist temperature shifts present in your climate? How does it stand up to everyday wear and tear?