New siding gives your home a fresh look. It may even motivate you to take on other property improvement chores to improve the curb appeal of your home. The siding installation techniques vary according to the type of siding you install. However, most types of siding follow the same basic steps. Here's a look at a few things involved in siding installation.
1. Decide If The Old Siding Will Be Removed
Some types of siding can go right over the old siding without tearing the old siding off. This isn't always the best idea, but it makes siding installation less expensive. You'll need to discuss this option with your contractor. If the contractor finds water damage under the siding, then your siding will probably have to come off anyway.
2. Repair The Walls
If the sheathing, which is usually plywood, has water damage, cracks, or other problems, it needs to be replaced. Also, any type of damage to the walls, fascia or soffit boards, or window and door frames should be repaired before new siding is put on.
3. Add The House Wrap
House wrap is a waterproof material that's put over the plywood sheathing on your house. If water gets under the siding, it will drip down the house wrap rather than soak the plywood and cause water damage. With the wrap on the plywood, the contractor has a clean, smooth surface for the siding installation.
4. Replace Fascia And Soffit Boards
You may want the fascia and soffit boards replaced when you get new siding. If you have wood boards now, and you're getting vinyl siding, you may want the wood boards replaced with vinyl that matches your siding. When the soffit boards are replaced, it's important to replace them with vented boards if your home currently has vented boards so your attic has the same amount of ventilation.
5. Take Down Gutters
The gutters on your house have to come off to replace the fascia and soffit boards and to install new siding. The hangers for the gutters attach to the siding, so the gutters and all their parts need to come down. This is an excellent time to get new gutters if you need them. Once the siding installation is finished, you can have new gutters put on.
6. Install The New Siding
Each type of siding has its unique points when it comes to installation. For instance, vinyl needs room to expand and contract, so it is hung from your house to allow for movement. The siding installation process might take a few days depending on the size of your house and whether the old siding has to be torn off.
Contact a local siding installation service to learn more.