How Does Siding Installation Work?
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding material available on the market. This is because vinyl siding doesn’t need painting, and it can significantly improve your home’s appearance at the same time. Also, vinyl siding is relatively affordable, easy to install, and durable.
Once you have found a reliable contractor and roughly predicted the cost for your siding project, it is time to prepare for the installation. Understanding the process, while working together with a reliable contractor, will help you have realistic expectations and ensure quality home improvement.
While the size of your home is significant in any project, it is a key factor in your siding. The terrain and number of stories will impact your final quote and installation time.
Siding installation generally takes approximately 10 to 14 days. If you also include painting, this will add a few days. This time frame includes the removal of your current siding, prep work, insulation, new siding installation, and final touches.
How to prepare your home
Make sure to trim shrubbery and trees around your home. Also, cut your grass before the installation begins. Cutting grass will make it easier for contractors to find any staples or nails that go astray during their work. Clear your home’s exterior, including items like garden furniture, plants, and equipment.
During your siding replacement, the interior walls may start to shake. Remove shelves and pictures that may fall and clear your driveway to allow construction workers access to your home. Move your vehicles away from your home to prevent damage from loose debris. Also, keep your children and pets away from the worksite.
Ask if you should remove downspouts, shutters, and caulking before the project, or if workers will prepare the areas around your doors and windows.
Old siding removal
While your existing siding is being removed, your construction team will assess the wall beneath to look for signs of water rot and damage.
Your contractor will assess and repair the integrity of your wall so your siding can be installed securely.
Once the old siding has been removed, your contractor needs to make sure your house is properly insulated.
New siding installation
In the end, the new siding will be installed. If your siding needs painting, this will also take a few more days.
Things That May Impact the Success of the Installation
Rot, water damage, and asbestos
It can be difficult to identify all problems before removing the old siding. Asbestos is a toxic, heat-resistant material. Once the existing siding is removed, the team may also find an area that needs to be immediately repaired. This may add costs of removal and repair.
Your contractor may also find that the sheathing under your siding has been damaged. While sheathing is not expensive, it does require more time to replace, which will also add to the final siding installation cost.
Are you thinking about a home improvement project? Feel free to contact 1-800-HANSONS for a free estimate today.