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For heat, hale, snow, heavy winds, etc., I think wood can't be beat unless you're interested in a concrete house. Yes, the do make them, and you'd be surprised at what can be done w/the concrete. (It can be made to look like stone, brick, wood, whatever! Anyways, ...)
Steel(?), vinyl, and aluminum have their +'s and -'s, but wood covers it all. Wood, however, requires some maintenance (as a trade-off.) If you want to say more about which way you're leaning, that would be good. THen, perhaps, I and others can help more.
My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: I went to school in FC, CO CSU. Lived there for 6+ years in the late 70's and early 80's. LOVED that place!!!
No, my degree was actually in Computer Science. I've just had my 'share' of jobs over the years to add to my resume, if you know what I mean. Yea, I really expected to move back there until I met my wife, and well, the rest is history. At the time, I was living in MA and met her at a Best Friend's wedding (can you believe it.) I ended up moving back to my roots in '92 and have been here since. My wife DID say that if she was to move anywhere, it would ONLY be CO. Well, it seems like CO is a 'black hole' for folks when they move there. Terry Lake - nice place! (I'm crying right now ...)
Back to business - If you can, then stick w/the good painter. But as you mentioned, it's a maintenance issue. IN short, if you opt out for the painter, go with a LIGHT/NEUTRAL color in Vinyl Siding. Get a siding that' no less than .044 in thickness. That way, beings it's a light color and thicker than 'normal', you won't have a dramatic expansion and contraction problem. CO's weather can do that, and in 5 minutes (don't ya know.) You didn't say, exactly, what type of wood siding you have because, when it comes time to 'vinyl up', you may need a 1/2" insulation board to 'smooth out' the existing siding. Most Siding Warrantys require this unless you already have a FLAT surface to mount the new siding on. Before you buy the siding-du-jour, get a hold of the Installation Instructions and Warranty to see if there's anything in there you need to be done BEFORE the house is sided. (Besides, the info you read is good to know in advance anyways.) There are ALLY types, styles, and models of vinyl out there so open your 'horizons', and enjoy shopping.
You take care out there. My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: E-mail me directly if you need more specific info ...