Time for New Siding?
While it used to be that aluminum siding was somewhat expensive
to by and install, today it's much more affordable and is
a legitimate option for improving the overall look and function
of your house. And with all the various styles, sizes
and colors, you can pretty much customize it to your own personal
you begin the process of installing the siding, you need
to decide on an insulation type. There are two basic
types: quarter-inch fan-fold, which many installers prefer,
and and foil-backed insulation. Quarter-inch fanfold
is often selected because of your ability to wrap it around
the corners of a building. Some people like foil-backed
insulation because it has better insulation ability. However,
it doesn't breathe as well.
you've selected the insulation, you must select what type
of siding you want. You could opt for vinyl siding,
since it tends to resist dents better than aluminum. Also, it's not easy to accidentally scratch the color off
vinyl. However, in extreme cold, vinyl tends to get brittle,
and then to crack.
vinyl, there are two metal siding materials: steel
and the above-mentioned aluminum. Both are usually
painted. Steel siding tends to endure better in snowy
areas and in extreme cold. Aluminum, though, is less
expensive than steel. Both metals offer better energy effiiency
than what vinyl does. This means that with aluminum
or steel siding, your cooling and heating costs will be
disadvantage of the two metal sidings is that it's expensive
to repair them when damaged; vinyl can be repaired at a
much lower cost. For this reason, if you experience a lot
of hail, you might want to go with vinyl rather than metal.
of which siding company you choose to do business with,
they'll be able to provide you with vinyl, aluminum or steel.
Most of them prefer to sell one or the other, and they will
try to encourage you to buy that particular kind of siding
(usually the one that makes them the most money).
However, if you insist on one material, any company will
be able to help you with your request. The best approach
is to shop around. Call three or four siding companie
and ask if they can fax or email you some estimates / comparisons
of different kinds of siding. That will help you narrow
down your choices, and finally select the one you want.
It will also help you figure out who should help you install
maybe you've got vinyl or aluminum siding and it's not bad
enough to be replaced yet. Maybe it's just a bit on
the dingy side and just needs tto be cleaned up a little.
You might notice there's some kind of chalky residue or
mildew growing on it. If so, don't waste money replacing
the siding; just fix the problem! You can usually take care
of this by using a Prep line wash for vinyl siding.
This will take care of the dinginess.
kill the mildew, you'll need some bleach, gloves, safety
goggles, boots, and some old clothes to wear, and an old
cloth. It really is as simple as wetting down the
cloth with a water / bleach mixture and washing the spots
with the mildew.
get rid of the chalk on the siding, use a long-handled
scrub brush and soap. It'll take some hard scrubbing,
but you should be able to get rid of it all and vastly improve the appearance of your siding. Your home will
look almost new when you're with the project.