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Many homeowners think of the idea, "Hey, why could I just do my own installation of siding. It can't be that hard and it will save me some money." While this may sound attractive, there are a number of reasons not to install siding yourself. This is not to say that it is impossible, but usually getting a contractor to install your siding is a much better idea. Here we will try to cover several good reasons to have a contractor installation of siding.

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The installation of siding the right way can be a tricky business. There are a number of factors that have to come together and all be done right for the siding to last its full lifetime. If a homeowner were to make a mistake when installing the siding, they would have to pay for it. However, if a contractor makes a mistake while installing siding, he will be paying for his mistake out of his own pocket. Also, because of a wealth of experience, a contractor is more likely to know any of the tricky parts of the installation of siding of many types.

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This may seem pretty easy to figure out, but not all manufacturers are equal. Some have better pricing on premium siding than others, and a contractor will usually know where to get the best deal. A contractor will also know the best kind of siding for your home and where to get it. Another big issue when getting siding is figuring out how much it will cost. A contractor will have installed siding a number of times before and (once he examines the house) will be able to give a more accurate estimate than someone who has never installed siding before. The contractor will also be able to identify any tricky parts of the installation ahead of time and let the homeowner know.

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There are many different types of siding, and each one has a specific way it needs to be installed. For example, a vinyl siding installation must take into account the fact that vinyl expands when hot or cold, and expansion gaps must be left at the edges of the siding. Because of this it is very important to make sure the trim is installed correctly; if not, water and other contaminants will get in behind the siding and cause damage to the wall of the house itself. Another example of complicated siding is stucco. Although very tough, stucco must have a certain amount of moisture in it when applied, or it will fall off the house before it has even dried. The repairs for stucco must also be done properly, or it will damage the old stucco as well.

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All these factors point to getting a contractor installation of siding. Not that people never install siding themselves, but if there is a mistake who would you rather have pay for it?

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