Your home, preferences, and situation are not exactly the same as anyone else’s, so it’s important to follow a step-by-step process that will narrow the huge variety of siding options down into something that allows you to make a confident decision.
Step 1 is to get out a piece of paper and try to rank-order a series of factors as best you can. What are the factors? We’ve mentioned most of them in the descriptions above:
- Ease of maintenance
- Resistance to fire
- Resistance to rot, mold, mildew, insects and birds
- Color choices, especially if you have a very specific custom color in mind
- The “Wow factor.” Of course all types of siding can have attractive elements, but sometimes homeowners want that extra curb appeal that makes a statement.
Maybe some factors are of equal weight to you, so it’s fine to put them side-by-side and not force a ranking. Still, try as best you can to come up with a list of higher and lower priorities.
Step 2: Once you have that list, put a star next to any items that in your opinion are non-negotiable. Maybe it’s all negotiable, but for some people, they really are dead-set on certain factors like not exceeding a fixed budget, or having the minimum-possible maintenance.
Another scenario is let’s say you’ve been wanting to upgrade the exterior of your house for quite some time. You don’t do it often, but when you do, you want to make a statement and for it to be something that gets your attention, every time you pull into your driveway. You might put a star next to “wow factor” in that case.
By this point in the process, you may already have a strong sense of the kind of siding to go with, but if not, Step 3 will come to the rescue:
Step 3 is bouncing your thoughts and questions off one of our project managers. Not only can they show you samples of the different materials, but they bring many years of problem-solving experience to the table.
For example, if you really can’t exceed a certain dollar amount but are looking for the absolute lowest-maintenance siding that’s also good in a fire zone—give your project manager the challenge of seeing what might work. We hand-pick these guys to be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
In fact, our project managers get paid the same whether you decide to go with the least-expensive or most-expensive options, so you can relax: you’re in a No-Pressure Zone.
We move at your pace
Speaking of “no pressure”, we recognize that people have different timetables: of course, after a hail storm, some people will have an urgent need for a solution. In that case, we can swing into high-speed mode, and can even help them to negotiate a better payout from their insurance company for the damage. We discuss that in detail here.
For other people, they’re just in the early stages of thinking about exterior remodeling, and want to kick around some options. We’re fine with that, too: after all, big decisions should not be rushed.
Most people need to see and touch different types of siding before getting completely comfortable with choosing one for their home. That makes a lot of sense because as great as the internet is, still it’s no substitute for the kind of impressions you get when you can actually handle different siding materials.