Siding Installing Service
Installing Siding on Your Home
1. Preparing Your Home
Before the contractors arrive, 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 of items like garden furniture, portable plants, and lawn equipment.
During your siding replacement, the interior walls may start to shake. To prevent damage, it’s a good idea to remove shelves (or items on them) and pictures that may fall.
It may be helpful to clear your driveway to allow construction workers better 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.
You can ask the contractor if you should remove downspouts, shutters, and caulking before the installation begins.
2. Removing the Old Siding
Before the replacement siding can be installed, the old siding must be removed. It will likely cause a temporary mess in your yard; however, a professional contractor will have a plan for removal.
The old siding is usually hauled off in a dump truck, but occasionally it can be left in a big pile for a few days until the job is completed. Rest assured that once the job is finished the pile will be gone.
3. Wall Preparation and Inspection
Before installing the new siding, the contractor will first assess your exterior walls and repair them if necessary. This is an important step that ensures the siding can be correctly installed. The appearance and stability of the new siding are dependent upon the condition of the walls.
During the inspection of your home, the contractor may discover some damage, signs of rot, or asbestos in your home. Asbestos is highly toxic and will have to be rectified immediately. It’s also likely that there’ll be additional costs for the removal and repair.
Your contractor might even find out that the sheathing underneath the old siding has deteriorated. If the sheathing is damaged or unusable for any reason, it will need to be replaced before new siding can be installed.
If you are unsure about why something needs to be fixed, have your contractor show you the damage and explain the issues. Ask to see what sheathing looks like that is in good condition so you can compare.
4. Installing Insulation
With the removal of your old siding, you can expect that the insulation that comes with it will be removed as well. Your contractor will make sure that your home is properly insulated by adding new insulation that is appropriate for the siding being installed.
5. Installing the New Siding
Once the prior steps are done, the new siding will be installed to protect your home from the elements once again. If your siding needs painting, this will lengthen the time of the project completion.
Installing fiber cement siding is similar to other siding projects but may take a bit of extra work on the part of your contractor. Like other types of siding, fiber cement is installed against a protective layer and nailed into the studs. The toughness of fiber cement siding calls for tougher tools. The cutting of fiber cement boards for corners and proper lengths requires tougher saws and tools than siding made of vinyl or wood.
The pile of old materials and waste should be discarded by the contractor. Cutting fiber cement boards can create a lot of dust around your home. Cleanup afterward is important to remove any lingering debris. Washing off the installed boards is also common after installation to remove any dust and grit.
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