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How many different kinds of roofs can you spot on the houses on your street? A few decades ago, you may have only seen shingle roofs, perhaps with the occasional slate roof mixed in. But these days, there are more kinds of roofing on the market. Metal roofs are becoming common because they can be made from recycled materials. Tile is a popular choice because it lasts a lot longer than other roofing materials. And then there are some roofers who install rubber roofs because they're smooth and easy to install. Learn more about roofs of all types on this blog.



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3 Things To Check With Your Siding Contractor About

The siding on your house can protect your house because it can keep pests away from the structure of your house. Siding can also make your house look really attractive. If you are going to replace your siding, then you need to find a good siding contractor. If you are replacing siding that came with your house and it's the first time you've ever had to make decisions about siding, then you should ask your contractor a few questions to help choose the right siding for your house.


One of the things that you should ask the contractor about is how long the various kinds of siding are going to last on the side of your house. The different kinds of siding are going to have different lifespans. And even within the same kind of siding, you can get a range of lifespans, depending on the type and quality of the siding you choose. If you have a particular type of siding in mind, checking its lifespan can make it easier for you to know that you are getting the right siding. 

Return on Investment

You might also want to talk to the contractor about what kind of return on your investment you are going to get. In this case, the return on your investment is going to include how long the siding is going to last, how much maintenance you will need to put into it, and other similar things. Your investment is going to be how much it cost you to get the siding and have it installed. A good return on your investment would be siding that spreads your initial outlay out over years so that it breaks down to a small monetary amount per year. 

Installation Difficulty

You should also talk to the contractor about how easy it is to install the siding on your house. Some siding materials are going to be more labor-intensive than others, and the more labor-intensive they are, the more expensive the siding is going to be. For example, cedar shakes are going to take more work than vinyl siding that would imitate the same look. That will increase the price because of the manhours as well as the materials. 

If you are going to get new siding on your house, make sure that you spend some time talking to a siding contractor before you make your final decision about your siding.