How to Install Vinyl Siding on your Maine House

How to Install New Vinyl Siding in Maine

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When it comes time to install siding many homeowners wonder what contractors do with the big pile of stuff that they bring to the house. All of the different pieces eventually come together to make a beautiful finish to the outside of the house, but unless the homeowner stays outside watching the contractor all day then they might miss some of the steps a contractor will go through when he will install siding.

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The first thing your contractor will do is check the outside of your house. Depending on your siding choice they might be able to install the new siding directly over the old siding. If they have to remove the old siding first, then after the siding is removed the contractor will check around the walls of the house to find any rotting or broken plywood and replace any house wrap that has been torn or damaged. (House wrap is a type of insulating material which is placed under siding in order to protect the plywood of the house.) Once the layer of house wrap is placed and the studs in the walls marked, it's time for the contractor put the siding up.

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How a contractor starts to install siding can change depending on which type of siding you have chosen, but in general the first thing to be installed is the trim. The trim is the part of the siding which goes around windows, doors, and corners and is used to protect the gaps left between the siding and the edges of these things. The gaps are a necessary part when the contractor begins to install siding as most sidings will expand or contract depending on the outside temperature. Once all the trim is in place, the siding material is installed. Some sidings require a piece of trim at the bottom of the wall called a starter strip to hook up the first piece of siding. As the siding is attached up the wall of the house it is nailed into the studs which were previously marked in the wall. This part of the process is usually a little slower, as it is very important for the contractor to make sure each piece is level as he installs it. The final part to siding installment is any treatments which need to take place to protect the type of siding which was installed. Some sidings require mold and mildew treatments, but some are naturally resistant to mildew simply because of the material of which they are constructed. After all the treatments are taken care of (if the siding does not have a natural color of its own) it's time to paint the siding. Most paintable sidings can be painted whatever color is desired as long as a weather resistant paint is used.

Hopefully this has given you a better idea of how your contractor will install siding, so don't worry they're trained for this!




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