What Everyone Should Know about Replacing Siding
Whether you’re building new or replacing existing siding, adding prefinished siding to the exterior of a home can be an exciting and rewarding experience, especially if you know what to expect. You can avoid surprises by understanding the re-siding process and some of the challenges that may arise once your project has begun.
Before You Begin
LP® CanExel® prefinished siding is available in many colours and styles. Before you begin your project, it’s important to choose which products are right for you based on the personality and style of the home. Once you decide on the look you want, contact a few siding contractors and ask for an estimate. Builders and remodelers should contact an authorized CanExel siding dealer.
Starting a House Siding Project
If you hire a contractor, a crew will begin by tearing off your existing house siding. This may cause your interior walls to shake, so remove any pictures or valuables hanging on your walls to help prevent accidental breakage. It’s not uncommon for contractors to work on one side of your home at a time to reduce exposure to the elements. Usually a dumpster will be delivered to your home to haul away old house siding and construction debris. Some contractors may also deliver a portable restroom for the crew.
Expect the Unexpected
If your home currently has asbestos siding, you may run into additional costs for removal. Once your old house siding has been removed, your contractor may discover water damage or areas in need of immediate repair. Simple fixes may include adjusting window flashing or replacing a few feet of wood. Major structural repairs may cost you more.
Re-Siding Your Home
Before installation of CanExel siding, your remodeler will install a code-approved, water-resistive barrier and inspect your flashing. Strapping strips will then be installed to allow ventilation behind the siding, thus reducing the damage that could occur should there be moisture accumulation in the walls. All joints between lap siding and trim will be sealed to help prevent water intrusion.
After all of your lap siding is installed, your contractor will remove all of the waste materials. Before he leaves, make sure your contractor walks around your home with you so you can inspect all of your new cladding and express any areas of concern. When you’re ready to begin your home exterior project, explore siding ideas and find out where to buy CanExel prefinished siding to transform the look of your home.
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Amy Lindholm is the Brand Manager at LP Corp overseeing all Siding brand management activities including strategic plan development, media and digital communication. She has over 15 years of marketing and brand management experience in full-service marketing agencies with an emphasis on brand development, consumer merchandising, and retail sales promotion management working with large blue-chip clients. She also has a B.S. from New York University. She combines two of her loves, travel and racing, to compete in half or full marathons and triathlons across the globe.