Exterior Siding Project
Today we’re going to show you how we tackled down a project of replacing the siding on a client’s house and show you how you can do the same. If you’re interested in doing a project like this on your own make sure you know what you’re doing and call your local Tulsa, OK roofing contractor Ranger Roofing of Oklahoma if you have any trouble.
Placing the siding on the house is no easy task. Depending on the height of the building you might want to invest in some protective gear such as a climbing belt, heavy duty helmet, and a high-quality climbing rope.
Choose the right material for your home
When choosing a siding material, you have to make sure you know what suits your home the best. While some sidings can be amazing for dry, hot climates, they aren’t the best when it comes to isolating from the cold. The worst thing that can happen to you is installing a wrong type of siding and having to take it down; not only are you wasting your time you’re also wasting a huge amount of money. The best way to find out what kind of siding material suits you the best is to visit a shop dedicated to them or contact them via their website. Most shops will be more than happy to assist you when it comes to choosing the right material, and they can recommend a siding contractor in case something goes wrong.
Every single detail matters…
If you’re removing old siding before placing the new one try to remove as much additional material like glue and damaged insulation as possible. Having bumps and holes in your siding can cause water to build up and cause mold, compromising the structure of your home. If you notice any imperfections try to fix them as soon as possible, waiting can only cause more harm to your home. After drying the area and making sure there are no more wet spots start sealing the hole; for this, you can use a large array of products, ranging from silicones to plastic covers. Consulting your local DIY Store is your best bet if you’re unable to decide what to pick.
While placing the siding make sure everything is level and try to correct most of the imperfections right away. Start with one wall and complete it entirely, when it’s done inspect it and take notice of any errors and possible defects, it’s easier to take down one wall worth of siding than a whole house.
We faced the problem of one side of the wall being slightly more bent than the other and had to level them before placing the rest of the wall. Starting from the bottom we placed the siding, securing it before proceeding, it’s not the hardest and most exciting process but try to keep your brain on for the whole duration of the project, taking your thoughts away even for a second can be dangerous.
After we had placed the siding, we made sure to come back the next day and make sure everything is fine. Since you’re working with different kinds of materials, some, like wood can take a few days before they are fully dry and set. While the wood dries and water evaporates tiny cracks can appear up to a week after installing the siding so make sure you’re fully prepared for the material you’re working with.