Whether you’ve done it before and simply need a refresher or you have no idea what to expect, these tips can help you prepare for your new siding installation. Your first step should always be to choose the right siding experts for the job. Be sure to read reviews, check with the Better Business Bureau and ask for references. When you meet with the contractor, ask to see license and insurance information so you know they are who they say. Once you select the right company for you, prepare your home for the big day!
- Make sure all shrubbery and trees are trimmed or tied back away from the siding so the contractors can easily access your exterior walls. You might even cut your grass right before so the contractors can easily locate any nails or staples that fall onto the ground and recover them so no people or animals stumble upon them and get hurt.
- Remove any objects resting on or near the siding such as patio furniture, barbecue grills, potted plants or decor.
- Ask the siding contractor if you should remove shutters and downspouts or if they will handle this. Also inquire if they will prep around your windows and doors.
- Keep vehicles parked on the street or a good distance away from your home so nothing is damaged by falling debris. It’s also a great idea to keep space in your driveway or the street in front of your home clear for a dumpster that the workers will toss your old siding into.
- Shut off electricity to any and all exterior lights to reduce the risk of electric shock for workers.
- Sometimes the siding installation process can cause strong vibrations on the walls that can affect the interior of your home. Remove picture frames, art, decor and mirrors from all walls. If you have a shelf attached to the wall with knick-knacks or breakables, remove the loose items until the installation is complete and you can put them back on the shelf. Move furniture or shelving units off of the walls.
- Keep children and pets inside during the siding installation process. They can easily get hurt on debris or disrupt the workers and potentially cause an error.
Something to keep in mind is that once the siding contractors remove the old siding materials they will be looking at the walls for signs of water damage, asbestos or rot. If they discover any significant problems lurking underneath, you may need to have that fixed before the siding company can finish the job. This may result in additional fees or, in the case of toxic materials, hiring another company to handle the repairs.
Your sheathing underneath may also be damaged. If it is, it will take additional time to replace and an additional cost for sheathing materials. If anything unfavorable is ever discovered, the siding company will bring it to your attention. Always ask to see the damage as well as a section that is in good shape so you can compare. While situations such as these do occur, the majority of siding installations don’t uncover anything nefarious. It’s important to keep these things in mind so you can prepare a little more into your time and budget for any unexpected occurrences.
By keeping these tips in mind, you will be all set when your exterior experts install your home’s new siding!