The siding on your house can make a huge impact on your home’s overall look and feel. Most siding materials come in textured or smooth finishes which can either be high or low gloss. You can choose from a wide range of colors, with some coming with grain-like patterns to closely resemble real wood.
The Process of Siding Installation
Installing high-quality siding can help to minimize the amount of maintenance you need to do to the exterior of your house. Overall, siding installation follows this process:
- Remove Old Siding. Your siding contractor will begin by removing your old siding down to the exterior sheeting of your home. If the existing sheathing is damaged, your contractor will need to replace it.
- Wrap Your Home and Preparing for Siding. Your siding contractor will then install the house wrap, a moisture barrier to protect your home from any moisture which might get behind the siding. Afterward, furring strips may be installed to ensure plum and level installation.
- Install Siding. The next step is to mechanically fasten the new siding panels to your home. The type of fastener used will depend on the style of your siding.
- Install Fascia and Soffit. Your contractor will install fascia and soffit. At this point, additional flashings and trim may be installed.
- Finishing Trim and Accessories. Your siding specialist will then apply finishing touches, such as installing railings, door bells, house numbers, decorative trim, etc.
- Clean up and Disposal of Waste. Finally, your siding contractor will ensure your yard and the outside of your home are cleaned up. They will then haul away their dumpster or dump trailer.
How to Prepare for Siding Replacement
As a homeowner, there are multiple things you can do to make your siding replacement project hassle-free. Remove any valuable stuff such as pictures on your wall since siding work often shakes the walls.
Trim or tie back any trees and shrubbery around your house. Cut the grass before your siding replacement project begins to make it easier for your contractor to use a magnetic nail finder to gather any nails or staples which go astray during the siding replacement.
Since a dumpster will be delivered to gather old siding and debris, be sure to keep your driveway clear to allow easier access to your home. Also, park your vehicles further away from your house to minimize the chances of them getting damaged by loose debris.
What Goes Underneath the Siding
The appearance and stability of your siding will depend on the integrity of the sheathing and wall beneath it. Your siding contractor will first repair and assess the underlying wall so your siding can be attached correctly. The underlayment also helps insulate your home properly.
Always work with an experienced siding specialist to ensure the siding is installed correctly. At Straight Line Construction, we have several years of experience installing different siding systems in Sacramento, CA. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled siding experts!