When we put new siding on our home we always want the best we can afford. Siding on a house protects it from the outside elements like water and temperature changes as well as insect damage. This is no place to pinch pennies or cut corners. when you reside your house buy the best you can afford and hire a good contractor to install it. Get a warranty from the manufacturer and the installer. Study your climate conditions and choose a siding that works well in your area. Look at the style of your home and get a siding that will look well on your style home.
Look on the Internet and your local home supply stores to get an overview of the different siding materials available and which will last the longest in your climate. if you live in an area with termites and other insects that attack wood, you might want to consider vinyl or cement based materials instead of wood. If you live in a wooded area and your neighbors have good luck with wood siding, you may want it for the rustic look that will go with your surroundings. If your home is not well insulated, you might consider getting insulated vinyl siding.
Some, but not all of the good companies to look for Shake Siding Crew stucco and brick face sidings, Certain Teed specializing in vinyl and fiber cement sidings, Hardie Siding for their special cement composition siding, Alside for vinyl and steel siding, weather boards for fiber cement siding with durapress system and Real Cedar for all the kinds of cedar siding. Look on the Internet for more suppliers and their locations near you.
The vinyl siding is the one more geared to the home owner installing his own siding if you must install it your self. Siding a whole house is a big job that needs to be done quikly to avoid rain damage. If you want to do it yourself get friends or family to help. It needs a crew, not one lone person. The wood and cement based products are heavy and harder to cut so they are best left to an installation crew. You do not want to take chances with this very important part of your home. this is not something you want to start and then have to turn over to a professional installer. I would wait until the budget is big enough to do the job right.