You’ve budgeted for your siding replacement, scheduled the project on your calendar, and chosen a reliable siding replacement contractor. Now what?
Even though many homeowners can identify when they need a siding replacement, they haven’t thought much about the siding replacement process itself. At Lifetime Exteriors, we strive to be transparent with you during your siding installation. Our caring and professional team wants to work with you to exceed the expectations you have for your home.
We hope that the following information will help you to gain confidence in your knowledge about the siding installation process so that you can experience a smooth and safe siding replacement.
General Timeline for Your Siding Installation
The siding installation process generally takes 10-12 days. If your siding needs a coat of paint after installation, you should expect to add at least five additional days to your timeline.
Other factors that can impact the timeline of your siding installation include:
- The overall square footage of your home
- The number of levels on your home
- Landscaping near your home, i.e., large trees or shrubs
- The removal of your previous siding
- The type of siding you choose to install
- Extra features added during the process
A qualified siding contractor can provide you with a more specific siding replacement timeline based on the conditions specific to your home.
Before Your Siding Installation
There are several steps to consider and actions to take before your siding contractor arrives at your home. Here is what you can do to prepare for your siding installation:
1. Prepare your landscaping
Trim trees, tie back shrubbery, and mow grass to create a clear work area that expedites the siding installation process.
2. Remove loose items
Loose potted plants, tricycles, gardening equipment, and other tools should be removed from the perimeter of your home to create space.
3. Remove interior wall decor
Your walls may shake during the siding installation process and cause your picture frames and wall decor to be vulnerable to falling and breaking.
4. Clear driveway
Your siding contractor will need a significant amount of space for materials to complete your siding replacement. You can assist in this process by clearing your driveway of all cars and other bulky items.
5. Keep children and pets safe
For safety purposes, be mindful of your children and pets during the siding installation process and keep them away from the work area.
During Your Siding Installation
After the delivery of siding materials and a large dumpster to your home, it is time to begin your siding installation!
You can expect your siding contractor to abide by the following steps of the siding installation process:
1. Removal of existing siding
This includes the siding itself, along with the trim, fascia, and soffit, as needed.
2. Wall repair
If needed, your contractor will repair the wall beneath your old siding to prepare for the new siding to be installed correctly. This process can affect the overall length or cost of your project, especially if your contractor discovers:
- Water damage, rot, or asbestos (a heat-resistant toxic material)
- A need for a sheathing repair
3. House wrap
Our siding team will wrap your windows, doors, and other vulnerable parts of your home to protect them from water damage after the repairs are complete.
4. Add insulation
After the removal of your old siding, your contractor will ensure your home is adequately insulated.
5. New siding installation
The longest and most exciting step of the installation process is your siding installation!
If your siding requires paint, this process will take a few days after your siding installation. Many siding brands like James Hardie offer siding boards that are pre-primed or coated in paint. This feature allows you to skip this step and begin to enjoy your beautiful new siding right after installation!
Lifetime Exteriors: Your Partner Before, During, and After Your Siding Installation
We understand that you want to be informed about the siding installation process to keep your home and family safe.
As an experienced siding contractor, Lifetime Exteriors has helped thousands of homeowners in the Portland area to know that they have a home that is safe and reliable. We want to provide you with a stress-free siding installation process that results in a beautiful home you can be confident in.
If you are considering a siding replacement for your Portland home, read the positive reviews left by happy homeowners enjoying the benefits of their Lifetime Exteriors siding installation.