Tips To Install And Repair Siding On Your Home Exterior

Posted on: 2 July 2020

Your home's exterior takes a lot of wear and tear over the years from weather, pests, and other activities that can put your home's exterior surfaces to the test. It is important that you watch the condition of your home exterior and repair the siding whenever it becomes loose, falls off, or is otherwise damaged to expose the interior of your home's walls. Whether you are repairing your home's existing siding or adding a whole new exterior with updated siding, here are some recommendations to help your installation process go more smoothly.

Prepare Your Home's Exterior Surface

Before you can add a new layer of siding onto your home, make sure the home's underlying surface is prepared with moisture protection. A good moisture barrier is essential to protect the outside of your home from moisture damage, which can lead to insect and other pest problems. 

Although your home's new layer of exterior siding is installed as a moisture and weather protection, a solid and continuous weather-resistant barrier attached to the outside of your home should be connected with flashing to keep the edges and attachment points to keep water from entering into your home's wall materials. The weather-resistant barrier should connect directly onto the foundation concrete and any brick or stone area on the outside of your home. If you choose to hire a professional installation for your new siding, they will ensure this barrier is installed properly to protect your home investment.

Plan For Siding Expansion and Contraction

As you install your siding lengths onto your home exterior, remember that siding is constructed to expand and contract under different weather conditions. When it is hot outside, for example, the sun's heat will expand the siding. For this reason, you should install the siding to allow for expansion. Don't install each siding end right on top of the next siding panel. 

Instead, you should leave space to accommodate the expansion of each siding length. Skipping this step in the process will cause the siding to expand and buckle away from the exterior of your home when the temperature is hot. 

Consider Seamless Siding

A great option with installing new siding onto your home is the ability to select a seamless siding option. Seamless siding comes in longer lengths that a professional installer will measure and cut to fit the outside of your home. So, instead of siding seams peppering the outside of your home, the only visible siding seams will be where the panels attach at the corner edges of your home.

Vinyl siding has fewer seams and therefore fewer chances of it coming apart in a windstorm. You can hire a professional seamless siding installation on your home and upgrade your home's siding to vinyl for long-lasting quality and appearance. 

For more tips, reach out to local siding installation services.


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