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Maybe you have watched a few too many home improvement shows, or maybe you watched siding contractors throwing new siding up on your neighbors' houses. Somewhere in the midst of all that, you might have thought that handling siding installation yourself was a good idea. Of course, the shows and the speed with which the pros install siding does not compare with the reality of such a project. Here are the many steps needed to install siding, and why it is not as easy as the pros make it look.
Removing the Old Siding
The old siding does not simply layer and hang. It may have appeared to do so when home inspectors lifted it to check your home's insulation, but that is not how it works. Every slat of siding is secured with a strip along the top that has holes for nails. Every slat is nailed to the side of your house above the slat below it. Removing all of the old siding takes some care since you do not want to shred the insulation behind the siding in the process. You will also need a disposal permit from your city/township and a dumpster to get rid of it all.
Removing the Flashing
There are special materials all around your windows and door frames against which the siding buffers when it rises or runs into these structures. These materials are in the form of strips that run the vertical and horizontal lengths around your windows and doors. The flashing prevents water leaks if and when water manages to get behind the siding. You usually have to replace all of the flashing before you can even begin to install siding, but it depends on the overall condition of the flashing.
Cutting Strips of Siding and Securing It in Straight Lines
Every strip of siding has to be almost the full length of the area of the house that you are trying to cover. A quarter-inch shortening on both ends is acceptable because the trim will fit over the tops of these slat ends and hide them. The siding slats have to be cut exactly right, and then they have to be held in place in a perfectly straight line before they can be nailed to the exterior of your home. What looks like a straight line to you may not be a straight line at all, which is why the pros have two people holding and securing the siding with a third person "spotting" for straight lines.
Why It Looks So Easy When the Pros Do It
Pros are pros. They have been installing siding for years. They have it down to a mechanical art form, and that is why it looks so easy when they do it.
To learn more about siding installation, contact a siding contractor in your area.