This is not a plug for Simpson Strong Tie, but they do support the latest good practices. And these are excellent brochures.
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Read carefully. there is lots of information. Some of it is conflicting. Always use a qualified contractor when in doubt. Siding and decking is expensive to replace but easy to damage.
What kinds are there? What you have or what you choose or what you change all have their Pro's and Con's. When buying, ask educated questions. If the salesman cant answer them or find out the answer, think twice. The health of your house is dependent on it.