Question 1: Does the siding come with insulation?
Insulation is essential for keeping the weather outside and the pleasant atmosphere of your home inside, and it will help you to save on HVAC costs. Some types of siding will come with special insulation, but this kind costs more. Determine if you just want the simple siding or if you want the siding with insulation to lower your monthly energy bills.
Question 2: Is there a warranty on the vinyl siding?
If you are doing the home improvement projects yourself, you may end up causing damage to the siding (on accident of course) during the installation. Most siding will come with a warranty that ensures that it will be replaced if it gets damaged, but it is always important to check first. A lifetime warranty is often issued for vinyl, as it is very difficult to break and will not deteriorate like other materials.
Question 3: What's the thickness of the siding being used?
There are different thicknesses used for the siding of your home, and knowing how thick the siding is can be very important. The thicker siding is the stuff that will last longer, as the thin siding tends to break or sag much more quickly. If you want the siding to last for years, make sure to choose the thick stuff for your home improvement.
Question 4: How much will it cost me to get the old siding taken off?
The old wooden siding of your home has to come off before you can put the vinyl siding on, but it's important to do it right to avoid damaging your home. You will probably need to hire a contractor to do the siding removal, as it will need to be disposed of properly after it is removed. Asking this question will help you to figure out how much it will cost to get the siding changed out for the prefabricated siding.
Question 5: Do I need permits to install the siding?
There are a few communities in each city that will actually require that you have a permit before you make any major home improvements, and you would do well to do your research into this before undertaking the project.
Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start making the changes that will make your home look beautiful again.