What to Know Before You Buy: The Ultimate Guide to New Siding

Investing in new siding is a significant decision that can impact your home’s appearance and value. With so many options available, it’s essential to be well-informed before making a choice. In this ultimate guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about new siding, from materials and costs to installation tips and maintenance.

Types of Siding Materials

Understanding the different types of siding materials is crucial in making an informed decision. Here’s a breakdown of the most common options:

Vinyl Siding: Affordable, low-maintenance, and available in various colors and styles. It’s durable but can crack in extreme temperatures.

Fiber Cement Siding: Resembles wood but offers superior durability and resistance to termites, rot, and fire. It’s more expensive but has a longer lifespan.

Wood Siding: Offers a natural and classic look. Requires regular maintenance to prevent decay and insect damage.

Metal Siding: Modern and durable, resistant to fire and insects. Can be prone to denting and may require repainting.

Stone Veneer Siding: Provides a high-end, natural appearance. It’s durable but one of the more expensive options.

Cost Considerations

The cost of new siding varies based on the material, size of your home, and installation complexity. Siding replacement costs can range from $15-25 per square foot. When considering your cost estimate, remember that the outside of your home’s area will be greater than the square footage inside, due to garages, gables, and other exterior features. Each of our projects is specifically tailored to the needs of your home, and can vary widely depending on your home’s condition and layout. 

Installation Tips

Proper installation is key to ensuring your siding performs well and lasts for years. Here are some tips:

  1. Hire Professionals: Professional installation ensures your siding is properly installed and warranties remain valid.
  2. Prepare the Surface: Ensure the exterior surface is clean, dry, and free of damage before installation.
  3. Use Quality Materials: Invest in high-quality materials and fasteners to prevent future issues.
  4. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Adhere to manufacturer instructions for installation and maintenance to avoid voiding warranties.

Maintenance and Care

Different siding materials have varying maintenance needs. Here are some general tips:

  • Vinyl: Clean annually with a mild detergent and water.
  • Fiber Cement: Inspect and repaint every 10-15 years.
  • Wood: Stain or paint every 3-5 years and inspect for rot or insect damage.
  • Metal: Clean periodically and repaint as needed to prevent rust.
  • Stone Veneer: Requires minimal maintenance but should be inspected for cracks or damage.


Choosing the right siding for your home involves careful consideration of materials, costs, installation, and maintenance. By understanding these factors, you can make an informed decision that enhances your home’s beauty and value. At 3 Generations Improvements, we offer expert guidance and professional installation services to help you achieve the perfect exterior. Contact us today for a consultation and quote.