Preparing for a Siding Installation Project

So, you've decided to replace your home's siding—great choice! New siding can significantly boost your home's curb appeal, increase its energy efficiency, and protect it from the elements. But what comes next? Proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and successful siding installation project. Let’s walk through the steps to get you ready.

Understand the Benefits of New Siding

Before diving into the preparation process, it’s essential to understand why replacing your siding is a smart move. According to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners can expect to recoup about 76% of the cost of new siding in added home value. Additionally, new siding can improve insulation, helping to reduce energy bills by keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Choose the Right Siding

The first step is deciding on the type of siding you want. Common options include vinyl, fiber cement, wood, and metal. Each has its own set of benefits:

  • Vinyl: Affordable, low maintenance, and available in a variety of colors.
  • Fiber Cement: Durable, fire-resistant, and mimics the look of wood.
  • Wood: Offers a classic, natural look but requires more maintenance.
  • Metal: Extremely durable and resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Consider your budget, aesthetic preferences, and the climate in your area when making your choice.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

Before any work begins, have a professional inspect your home. This inspection will identify any underlying issues, such as moisture damage or structural problems, that need to be addressed before installing new siding. Addressing these issues upfront can save you time and money in the long run.

Prepare Your Home

Getting your home ready for the installation process involves a few key steps:

  • Clear the Area: Remove any outdoor furniture, decorations, or obstacles near the walls of your home. This will give the contractors easy access to the work area.
  • Protect Landscaping: Cover plants, shrubs, and garden beds near your home to protect them from debris.
  • Plan for Noise and Disruption: Siding installation can be noisy and may disrupt your daily routine. Consider making arrangements for pets or family members who might be sensitive to noise.

Communicate with Your Contractor

Clear communication with your contractor is crucial. Discuss the timeline, daily work hours, and any specific concerns you might have. Knowing what to expect can help you plan accordingly and avoid surprises.

Understand the Installation Process

Familiarize yourself with the basic steps of siding installation:

  1. Removal of Old Siding: The old siding will be removed, exposing the underlying structure.
  2. Inspection and Repairs: Any damage to the underlying structure will be repaired.
  3. Installation of New Siding: The new siding will be installed, often starting from the bottom and working up.
  4. Finishing Touches: Trim and other finishing details will be added to complete the look.

Prepare for the Weather

Weather can impact your siding installation project. Ideally, siding should be installed in mild, dry conditions. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared for possible delays if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Take Care of Final Details

Once the installation is complete, there are a few final steps to ensure everything is in order:

  • Inspect the Work: Walk around your home with the contractor to inspect the completed work and address any concerns.
  • Clean Up: Ensure that all debris and materials are cleaned up and disposed of properly.
  • Enjoy Your New Siding: Admire the fresh look of your home and enjoy the benefits of your new siding.

Replacing your siding is a significant investment, but with proper preparation, you can ensure the project goes smoothly. Veteran’s Choice Contracting is here to help every step of the way, from initial consultation to final inspection. Contact us today to get started on your siding installation project!