Siding With Your Neighbors

Siding With Your Neighbors

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House siding is a very important decision to be made when building a new home or reconditioning an older home. Very careful consideration should be taken when choosing the right siding for your home. There are many types of siding available to the home owner today. Products range from vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cedar siding, stone siding, log siding, brick siding, and stucco siding just to mention a few. Many factors need to be considered before choosing the right siding for your home.

The style of your home is of course a major factor on choosing a proper siding. You certainly would not want to apply log siding to a Victorian home, or cedar siding to a Mediterranean style home. Do some research on your style of home to see what type of siding best suits your needs.

Hopefully your home is compatible with other homes in the neighborhood. So you will want to choose a siding that blends with the rest of the homes in your neighborhood. You will find that making friends will be easier if you are not a distraction or a detriment to property values. In other words, a pink and purple house may not be welcomed in some neighborhoods. Try to enhance the entire neighborhood with your choice of siding.

Now personal preference should also be considered, but that should have started with choosing the type of home that you purchased in the first place. Another huge factor is one’s budget. Perhaps brick siding is not within your budget, but vinyl siding is. Then choose a vinyl siding that will blend well with the neighboring homes. If you so wish to attempt the project yourself to save installation expenses, there are books available on how to install vinyl siding. If that is not an option, then a reputable siding contractor is the way to go.

Many historical neighborhoods have zoning committees that have to approve any home building or home renovations. If your home is in such a neighborhood, then you should consult with the committee first before proceeding with any selection of your own.

If there are no zoning regulations in the neighborhood regulating the color of your home or the type of siding allowed, it still may be a good idea to consult with your neighbors. This will not only be a good way to make friends, but they may have some very good ideas that you never considered. Just remember, you are going to be a part of the neighborhood and are going to be living with these people.