If you want to freshen the appearance of your new home, you might decide to install new vinyl siding. Vinyl siding comes in many colors, and some siding even looks like real wood. New siding can make a difference in the curb appeal of your home.
The first step is to choose the type of siding you want, including the color, style, and thickness. You can even choose insulated panels if you want. Once your siding arrives at your home and you have your permits in order, the contractor can begin the siding installation. Here is an overview of the process.
The Old Siding Usually Has To Go
If you have old metal or vinyl siding, your contractor will probably want it removed. If you have old wood siding, it might be possible to cover it with the right preparations. Your contractor will discuss the pros and cons of covering up wood siding so you make a good choice.
The contractor may have a dumpster delivered to your home to collect the old siding as it's torn off. The installer starts at the top of the wall, pulls out nails, and then pulls off the siding panels. Removing the old siding goes fairly fast. The contractor may do a side at a time or tear off all the siding at once.
The New Vinyl Siding Goes On
Vinyl siding is usually watertight, so your local building codes might not require house wrap. However, your contractor may recommend it as added moisture protection for your home. A quality house wrap keeps rain and moisture from entering your home, yet it allows water vapor to escape to the outside. Once the wrap is on, it's time to install the vinyl panels.
Vinyl siding installation starts at the bottom of the wall with a starter strip and then the installer works up the wall. The siding panels are installed so the panels have the freedom to expand and contract. Otherwise, the panels may warp if they are too tight and can't move along with temperature changes.
Siding installation can be time-consuming no matter what kind of siding it is. A good thing about vinyl is that it is lightweight and easy to handle. Still, it may take a few days to have the siding installed. Siding installation can also be noisy since it involves hammering, so be prepared to go elsewhere if noises bother you. You may also need to prepare your home by taking things down from your walls so the hammering doesn't cause them to fall.
Reach out to a local contractor to learn more about siding installation.