When you start noticing signs of damage on the exterior of your house, it is natural that you would start to consider new siding installation. Even if you don't see any damage, perhaps you want to try a new look. Changing the siding on your house can give you the better appearance you want for your house. There are many materials to choose from; use the information below to help you find out more about some that are commonly used.


Aluminum is an affordable choice if you want to put siding on your house right away. Aluminum siding can be bought in panels of varying degrees of thickness that can be put on your house rapidly; thin pieces of aluminum usually cost less than thicker pieces because less aluminum is being used. However, keep in mind that thicker aluminum panels provide more protection from the sun, rain and snow. 

You can paint aluminum in many different colors if you so choose.


Many people still like the appearance of natural wood. However, it is important to remember that while wood can be a durable option that looks great from the road, it can be damaged in a number of ways. Ants, termites and other insects may bore into your wood siding, and wood is susceptible to rotting and mold due to moisture and water over the years. If you use wood as your siding material, be aware that you might have to make a number of repairs over time; monitoring the siding on a regular basis can allow you to catch small problems before they get serious.

To help protect wood siding, you may choose to apply a seal coat or protectant on top of the wood. You'll have to reapply the protectant every so often so it can continue to protect the wood underneath it.


Vinyl can mimic the look of natural wood, if you don't want to spend a lot of money for the look. Vinyl is usually easy to maintain; when you notice stains, you can just turn on the garden hose and spray it down or clean with a sponge and soapy water. You don't have to be concerned about pests and rotting. You can mount vinyl right on top of many other kinds of materials; that can can cut down on installation time since you don't have to take time tearing down the existing siding.

With the pointers you've learned from this article, you should be able to make informed decisions about the kind of siding material you want to use for siding on your home. Get in touch with a local contractor who has some experience in siding installation so you can a better idea about the siding material that may be best.