Knowing what to expect in the siding installation process can help you prepare, ask the right questions, and bypass problems. Rather than apprehensively approaching your upcoming installation, learn the steps involved, and you’ll be armed with the information you need to enjoy a smooth re-siding process from start to finish.
Read on to gain an understanding of the steps your contractor will take to ensure your siding installation is done with precision. The result? You’ll get the performance you deserve from your new siding for years.
Eight Steps to Navigating the Siding Installation Process
1. Plan Ahead for Your Siding Replacement’s Timeline
While your home’s size, the complexity of its architecture, and the type of siding material you selected are all factors that influence the timeline of your siding installation, it usually takes about 7-14 days to re-side a home. If unexpected repairs are needed, that may extend the timeline. Weather can also create delays, so plan ahead accordingly.
2. Get Ready for the Material and Dumpster Delivery
Before your installation day, your siding replacement materials will be delivered to your home. Additionally, a dumpster will be placed in your driveway so your old siding can be disposed of properly. If you’re concerned about incurring possible damage from the dumpster’s weight, ask your contractor to place wood under the dumpster’s pressure points to protect your driveway.
3. Prepare for Your Siding Replacement
Cut your grass short to make it easier for your contractor to use a magnetic nail finder to pick up nails or staples after your siding replacement. Trim the bushes and shrubs that border your home so they don’t brush up against your new siding, and park your car somewhere other than your driveway to make room for the contractor and crew.
4. Your Current Siding Will Be Removed
Your home’s current protective layer will be removed and disposed of to make way for your new siding. The crew will clean up as they work and at the end of the workday to ensure safety on your property. During your siding installation, remember to always wear sturdy shoes or boots when you walk on your property to ensure you don’t step on a stray nail or staple.
5. Your Home’s Exterior Walls Will Be Inspected and Repaired
Once your current siding is removed, your home’s exterior walls will be thoroughly inspected to ensure no repairs are needed. If moisture seeped in behind your old siding, wood rot may have resulted. Your contractor will address that promptly before installing your new siding material. If repairs are needed, they will be completed at this time.
6. Your Home Will Be Fortified with Insulation and Protection from Water Intrusion
Insulation is installed at this time to increase your home’s energy efficiency and make it more comfortable inside your house throughout the year. If you choose to have house wrap (weather-resistant barrier) installed, it is done now, ensuring your dwelling is safeguarded from moisture damage. It also allows breathability to your home, a necessary ingredient for a healthy home.
7. Your New Siding Will Be Installed
At this time, your new siding will be installed by the contractor. If you selected James Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology, it will be finished with the color you selected before it arrives at your home, streamlining installation time. If you decided to install siding without a factory finish, your home must be painted, adding a couple of days to your installation timeline.
8. The Contractor Will Perform Meticulous Cleanup
Your contractor will thoroughly clean up your property once your siding replacement is completed. A magnet will be run throughout your yard to ensure it is free and clear of nails and staples, preventing future accidents.
Seamless Siding Installation by Your Local Home Exterior Contractor
This is your home, and we want you to feel confident in your new siding and enjoy upgrading your exterior. You will have a smooth siding installation experience when you entrust it to a reputable, local contractor, like Craftsman Exterior Remodeling. You will receive emails or text messages of updates throughout your siding installation so that you will feel well-informed. Learn more about our different siding replacement options that will upgrade your Indianapolis home!