If your home needs new siding, then vinyl is a good choice. It's attractive and durable, and best of all, it needs little maintenance. Here are some things you may want to know before you have vinyl siding installed.

Ask The Installer To Save Back A Few Panels

There will probably be a few panels left over after the siding is installed. Ask the installer to save these for you. You might need them someday to change out some panels that get chipped by hail. Having spare panels on hand makes it easy to find replacements that match the color of your house.

Don't Plan On Painting The Siding

Manufacturers don't intend for you to paint vinyl siding. It won't need to be painted, but you might want to in the future if you want to change the color. If you think you might want to do this, talk to your contractor about the type of siding to buy so you'll still be protected by a warranty if possible. The siding comes in many colors, so you have a large selection when you choose the initial siding. As long as you like the color, you may just want to keep it for the life of the siding and freshen it occasionally by washing it.

Consider Mixing Siding Types Or Colors

Think about all your options before you pick the color of your siding. Depending on the architecture of your house, you may want to mix the siding colors and use a slightly darker color near the roof and a lighter color on the lower part of the roof. You might also mix vinyl siding with stone veneer siding to give your home an interesting design. In addition to colors, you may want to consider vinyl that mimics other types of siding such as wood.

Choose High-Quality Siding

While your budget might determine what type of vinyl siding you buy, it's good to buy the best siding you can afford. There are different grades of siding based on the thickness of the vinyl. Thicker vinyl is more durable and may last longer and need fewer repairs. Also, you can choose insulated panels that might help your home be more energy-efficient and could be worth the extra cost.

Understand The Maintenance Requirements

A good thing about vinyl siding is that you don't have to do a lot to maintain it since you won't need to paint it. However, you'll need to wash it occasionally to get rid of dirt, dust, and stains. Washing it is easy with a regular hose and soapy water, or you might want to use a power washer on a low setting. Just avoid abrasive cleaners and scrub pads. If you need something to remove stains, be sure to buy a product that's safe for use on vinyl.

For more information, contact a vinyl siding company near you.