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Siding Considerations: Material, Style and Installation – PART 3: Installation: DIY or Professional?

When you’re considering a siding replacement, you have two choices: you can purchase the materials and install them yourself or you can hire an expert siding installer to do the work for you. While the right decision relies on your exact circumstances, you need to be sure to consider all factors that come along with each choice. Siding installation is not the cheapest project, and one  mistake can turn your renovation dreams to a disaster. You need to consider the extent of the job, the budget required and your own ability. Before making a final decision, be sure to understand the work and the cost involved.


Why DIY Installation can be Problematic

Today, plenty of DIY videos and blogs are available on the Internet, making it easier for homeowners to perform most projects on their own. What many don’t understand, though, is that not all home improvement tasks can be correctly done without the help of an expert. One of these projects is siding installation. There’s more to installing siding than simply buying the materials and nailing them onto the side of your house.

While DIY work can save you money  and put you in control, this can prove to be problematic in the long run, especially if you’re not specifically trained to do this job. Aside from the actual installation, you also need to pull permits, rent a dumpster for the project and dispose of your old siding properly. The quality of your project is in your hands, so you have to be sure you have the right skills and tools for the job.

Why You Should Consider a Professional Installation

If you hire a siding contractor, you’ll probably be spending more, but your involvement will be minimal. This means you still have the final say on the brand, material, style, and color to use, and the contractor will take care of the rest. Remember that you’re paying them for their expertise, and in return, they will handle every aspect of your project professionally, from obtaining the necessary permits to the actual installation of your new siding — even down to the disposal of your old siding. By hiring an expert, all the headaches that can come up during the job will be properly taken care of.

We all know that siding is among the most important parts of our home. It boosts our protection from the elements, as well as keeps our exterior attractive and our interior comfortable. That said, we need to be careful in our choices when it’s time to install new siding. When choosing the material, style and installation process, don’t hesitate to consult an expert to make sure your family gets the best siding you deserve for your home.