Vinyl siding is one of the most popular means of protecting homes and buildings from weather damage. It also protects from pest invasions and can help keep utility bills low. With all that it does for your home, it is important to ensure that your siding installation project is clean and professional. Before choosing a professional to install vinyl siding on your home, you may want to know what the installation process entails.
Before Install – Full Inspection
The siding contractors will begin with an exterior inspection. This is when they will measure all the areas where they will be installing the new siding. During this time they will also be inspecting for any hidden damages which could affect the project. The weather has a way of creating areas around your home that the contractor will need to repair before vinyl siding can begin. If they discover any damage beneath your existing siding, the contractor will make recommendations on how best to remedy the situation.
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5 Phases of Siding Installation
Phase 1 – Material Delivery
Once the contractor has had a chance to conduct a thorough inspection, it is time for delivery of the chosen materials.
To facilitate delivery of vinyl siding, make sure to have an area cleared where the siding will be easily accessible. It should be an open area that is not too far from your home. This will help the contractors to work more efficiently.
Phase 2 – Removal of old siding
After the delivery of all siding materials, it is time to remove and dispose of the old siding.
In addition to having an open area for material delivery, it is also helpful to have space prepped for discarded materials. Providing a designated space where contractors can temporarily store old siding is another way to help make sure your project goes smoothly. At the end of the removal phase, the contractor will transfer all discarded materials to a disposal site.
Depending on the contractor you choose you may be responsible for the transportation of discarded materials to a disposal site.
Pro Home Improvement’s contractors have dumpsters on-site for quick cleanup of the entire work area. We pride ourselves on leaving all project sites as clean as we found them.
Phase 3 – Preparing for Installation
Before they can install vinyl siding, siding contractors must prep the home. This is the time when the contractors will remedy any damage found during the inspection phase. They will then cover the exterior of the home in board foam in order to provide extra insulation and energy savings, before wrapping the home in pro grade house wrap.
Then the windows and doors will be tended to, and trimmed with aluminum flashing. The flashing pieces require extra attention to detail during installation, siding experts are trained to fit siding around various window sizes. This kind of installation equipment is crucial to getting a clean and professional looking result. The machine is portable and has a bending plate, a clamp, and leading edge. It is mainly used to bend and cut flashing, fascia, and soffits.
Phase 4 – The All Important Corner Posts
Siding contractors will use a pneumatic nail gun to nail corner posts into place, making sure they are even and fastened at 12-inch intervals. You may also see them using a chalk line across the side of the structure’s exterior to ensure vinyl siding creates clean and even lines around your home.
Phase 5 – The Installation Begins
The most intriguing part of observing vinyl siding installation is the point at which they start placing siding. The process begins with a top strip. The contractor, ever mindful of accurate placement uses a level guide to make sure the top strip is perfectly level.
A starter strip is then nailed to the structure every 10 inches, and the installers will miter trim pieces at the ends of the “J-channels.”
Finally, it is time to install the first piece of siding. The initial section is attached to the house while leaving a 1/8inch gap between the siding and the house. Each following piece of siding will overlap the siding placed before it. This process helps create a seamless look for your home’s new exterior.
Do you offer siding installation near me
Pro Home Improvement is dedicated to providing our customers with the best vinyl siding installation experience. We provide our siding services all over Southeastern Michigan. We have helped homeowners from St Claire Shores to Ann Arbor. No matter where we install siding we never charge more for distance. We offer free siding estimates that include a full inspection.