DIY Siding Vs. Hiring a Contractor

The Great Debate: DIY Siding Vs. Hiring a Contractor

Growing up we hear Bob the Builder sing, “Can We Fix it? Yes, We Can!” However, when it comes to replacing or installing siding there are many factors to consider. One of the biggest decisions that may occur is should you do it yourself or hire a contractor? In this article, you will find the pros and cons of DIY and Hiring a Contractor as well as factors that may influence your decision.

What is Siding and why is it important for your home?

Vinyl Siding is a durable form of plastic exterior used for wrapping homes. Vinyl siding is used for waterproofing as well as for decorating and aesthetic purposes.

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Vinyl siding is important because it protects the walls and foundation of your home from the elements and climate. Vinyl siding is a barrier that shields your home from rain, snow, and wind. Additionally, it prevents dirt and insects from entering your home.

Signs it’s time for a Vinyl Siding Replacement

Have you been debating whether or not it’s time for a Vinyl Siding Replacement? Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your Vinyl Siding:

Rotting & Mold

If there is evidence that there is any rotting or mold to your siding, that is a a clear sign that it’s time to replace your siding.

Holes & Cracks

Are there holes and cracks in your siding? If so, you should replace or repair your siding. Holes and cracks could lead to water damage and insects entering your home.


If your house is very draft, then vinyl siding replacements may help. Installing new vinyl siding will help prevent drafts and increase energy efficiency.

Resale Value

Are you looking to sell your home? Replacing your vinyl siding will improve the resale value of your home.


If you’re tired of repainting and maintaining your siding, vinyl siding may be the way to go. Vinyl siding is very low maintenance and only requires occasional spraying from a hose.

Factors to consider before installing your own siding

Do you have experience working on DIY Projects?

Do you have experience working repairing, tearing down, or replacing siding? If so, click here to apply those skills for our siding installer position! Installing your vinyl siding may seem simple, but when it comes to working around obstacles such as doors and windows then it is a different story. Additionally, it is important to understand how siding systems work. There are various installation methods, specialized tools, and components that factor into the whole process. Lastly, it is imperative to be able to identify water damage, mold, and pest damage and know how to rectify these issues.

Are you installing the Vinyl Siding by yourself or do you have support?

If the task is to replace some minor damage, an experienced DIYer should be able to complete that task by themselves. However, if the task is replacing all the exterior siding, you may need some additional help.

What is the budget/timeline for the project?

If you are experienced, DIY is the way to go to save money. On the other hand, if you are not experienced and attempt to replace your vinyl siding, it may end up costing you more time and money than hiring a professional due to all the potential mistakes and issues that may occur. If time is an issue, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional. Professionals are usually able to work faster and more efficiently than the average DIYer.

Specialized Tools

  • You will need your basic tools such as a hammer, saw, square, chalk line, and tape measure.
  • You will also need a utility knife, power saw, tin snips, level, and a ladder.
  • Some costly specialty tools that may make the job easier are…
    • Snap Lock Punch ( Used to punch lugs or holes in the cut edges of siding)
    • Nail Hole Slot Punch (Elongates nail holes in vinyl or aluminum siding)
    • Unlocking Tool (Helps with the removal or replacement of a siding panel without the risk of damaging the material)
    • Tin Snips (Cuts and shapes siding)
    • Brake (Customizes and bends the siding)


Vinyl siding expands and shrinks depending on the outside temperature. If you are in a region where you have snowy cold winters and hot blistering summers, being aware of weather affecting the siding is important. When the weather outside is cold the siding will shrink. On the contrary, when the weather is hot the siding will expand. Therefore, it is important to know the correct spacing required when setting the siding to compensate for these changes.

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Contractor


  • All tools/materials will be taken care of
  • Licensed, insured, and experienced
  • Preparation and cleanup is included
  • Knowledge of codes, permits, etc.
  • Job includes warranties as well as guarantees
  • Less room for error


  • More expensive
  • May have to wait to get an appointment

Pros and Cons of DIY Vinyl Siding


  • Save Money
  • Work on your own schedule
  • Satisfaction from completing the job yourself


  • Costly errors are likely to occur
  • Expensive specialty tools are required
  • No suppliers discount on material
  • Have to provide your own cleanup and crew

Contact Us Today!

If you have decided DIY is not for you let us take care of your siding. Contact nationally ranked Advanced Windows Systems today to speak with a siding expert! We offer a lifetime warranty on all of our siding!

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