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Are you sick and tired of painting the exterior of your home? Then you may want to consider vinyl siding. But before making your decision, let's look at the advantages and disadvantages of this home improvement project.

Advantages

Cost: Materials and labor will vary depending on where you live, however, when comparing other exterior materials, siding is a good value. Generally, the cost of vinyl siding can be one half as much as cedar clapboard or other wood siding.

Maintenance Free: Because siding requires no paint, in the long run you will be saving yourself a lot of time. All you do is select the color you want for your home.

Easy Installation: Because vinyl siding is easy to install, labor costs are reasonable. What’s also nice is that the project can be completed in a short amount of time.

Disadvantages

Commitment To Color: The color of a wood sided house can be changed with ease, but not so as a homeowner with vinyl siding. Because you are locked in with your color choice for years to come, give a lot of thought when making your decision.

Misguided Perceptions: Although vinyl siding is gaining widespread acceptance because of its reasonable cost and low maintenance, some potential homebuyers may perceive siding negatively. This may be especially true among those who are in the market to buy luxury housing (in the area of 250,000 and up).

The Bottom Line: After weighing the pros and cons, for many people siding is still the material of choice. Siding requires no upkeep and costs approximately $1.50- $2.50 per square foot for labor and materials. To get the best value, shop around. Of course, if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you will be saving yourself even more money.