Siding, whether wood or vinyl, is durable but it’s not indestructible. Accidents happen whether caused by you or events out of your control such as weather. Time even takes a toll on a home’s siding. This is why it’s important to frequently do an inspection and look for issues. If you think a siding replacement is in order, you may be asking, ‘how do you replace siding on a house?’ Here’s a few tips to get you started.
Signs you need to replace siding
The first thing to do is know the indicators that your siding may need replaced. If you are reading this article, there’s a good chance you have already noticed one or more of these, and that’s why you are here. Closely inspect your siding for the following:
- Soft or rotten areas of wood siding
- Siding starting to fall off
- Pieces out of alignment
- Pieces missing
If you spot any of these issues then here are your next steps:
Replacing vinyl siding
To replace vinyl siding, you are going to need some supplies on hand. If you are only replacing a section of siding or siding on one side of your home, you will need to match the siding as closely as you possibly can. You will need tin snips, 1” galvanized steel nails with a 3/8” head, and a hammer. Here’s how to tackle siding replacement in four easy steps:
- Remove the damaged pieces of siding as well as the nails used to attach them to the subpanels.
- Use your tin snips to trim a piece of new siding to fit the shortest gap exposed. You will want to hang the siding pieces from the lowest area upwards. Overlap the pieces on the side of the new piece by approximately one inch.
- Vinyl sizing interlocks to maintain watertight protection. The bottom channel of the new piece of siding will snap into the top channel of the last original piece of siding you left hanging. Carefully snap the new piece of siding into place.
- Apply slight pressure upwards and nail the new piece of siding into place. Do not drive the nail head tight. Leave a slight gap so the siding can expand and contract as the seasons pass.
Repeat these steps until all sections of siding have been replaced.
Vinyl siding is easy to work with and it may seem like an ideal job for you to tackle on your own. You may also want to consider hiring a local siding contractor to tackle the job for you. This is particularly true if you are doing a complete home siding replacement. Time equals money and your time has value; hanging siding takes time, and if you have never hung siding before, it’s a job that will take you even longer.
If you are considering a siding replacement project, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We can handle any size of siding project, and we deliver great value and service every time.