If you are looking for a great way to enhance the look of your home, new siding is the first thing to consider. A simple change in color can make your home look totally different. However, siding is only a worthwhile investment if it is installed correctly. This is why it is a good idea to hire an experienced local contractor to do the work for you. If you are considering replacing your siding, be aware of some common siding installation mistakes that can be detrimental to the job.
The saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” Price should be a consideration but not the ultimate deciding factor on your purchase. Low-quality vinyl siding can crack, fade and sag in a much shorter period than a more robust option. To get the longevity you want out of your siding it’s a good idea to spend a little more upfront and avoid long term repair costs that will haunt you later.
As temperatures change, siding expands and contracts. If the siding is nailed too tightly, the movement will be restricted and the siding could potentially buckle and crack. As a general rule, there should be a clearance of 1/32 between the siding and the nail heads.
If the siding is nailed too loosely, it will tend to sag when temperatures increase during the summer months. As you can see, how nails are installed is critical to how your siding looks and performs.
Where two pieces of siding meet, there needs to be an overlap of the ends. The common practice is to overlap siding by 1” to 1 ¼” maximum. Overlapping sections of siding by any greater amount will limit the siding’s movement as it expands, causing a wavy appearance.
Siding should not be set directly against the roof or trim. Siding should also not sit directly on the ground. If this happens, the siding will capture moisture. Moisture can always cause problems. When moisture becomes trapped behind siding, it can cause rotting and mold issues. Long-term moisture can even cause the siding to break down.
Foam insulation behind the siding serves as an additional barrier for your home and also provides resistance from damage. Foam insulation also provides a barrier from noise, aids in minimizing seam issues and contributes to less maintenance.
To ensure these mistakes do not occur during the installation of siding on your home, make sure the contractor you choose is licensed and bonded and has experience with siding installation. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. has the expertise and knowledge to make sure your siding job is completed with the utmost care and attention to detail. Give us a call and see how we can make your next siding project mistake-free.