My wife and I are considering buying an older house, that the exterior needs to be either a)painted right now, or b)put some siding up. I'm hoping that someone who knows how much siding (per sq. foot) costs (installed) will read this, and help me out here. I'd be more inclined to spend the extra $$, and get the good stuff, because I want it to last for a long time. I live in an area prone to hailstorms and tornados.