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The Most Common Siding Installations

When installing siding on a house there are a variety of different sidings from which to choose. In order to cover all of the different ways of installing siding this article would turn into a large booklet, so the scope of this article will just cover the most common way to install siding, and an example of a unique siding choice.

Preparation of the Exterior of your House

Whenever a contractor is installing siding, he will first make sure that the house is ready to receive the specific type of siding to be installed. All sidings, however, must have a cloth wrap called house wrap underneath of them. This wrap allows the wall to breath in case of moisture and also serves as a small insulating layer over the plywood.

Horizontal Lap Siding Installation

This is probably to most common way of installing siding that is in use today. In this type of siding, long boards are stacked in an overlapping pattern from the bottom of the exterior to the top. Before the boards are attached unique pieces of siding called trim must be placed around the windows, doors, and corners of the house. The trim will cover small gaps between the siding and the edges of these obstacles, and for most of these sidings the gaps are needed to allow for expansion. After the trim is attached, the contractor will take the siding pieces and attach a small starter piece to the bottom of the wall. This piece will allow the bottom of the first siding plank to stick out from the wall the proper distance. The top of the plank is nailed into the studs in the wall and then each successive plank will have its bottom edge overlap the upper edge of the plank below it. While doing this part of the installation the contractor will make sure to check the level of the planks every few pieces.

Stucco Siding Preparation and Installation

Stucco provides a good example of siding which is applied to the outside of a house, rather than nailed. An extra layer of house wrap and a rain gap are added to the house, and then before the stucco can be applied a metal mesh net is attached to the outside of the house. This net will give the stucco something to grip as it is drying. Once the mesh has been placed, the contractor will mix the stucco cement mixture and begin applying it to the side of the house. Two wood lath strips are attached at the top and bottom of the walls, to give a reference point for proper depth of the first stucco layer. After the first coat is applied the stucco takes about two days to dry and then another layer is added. This layer can be painted over after drying, or can be textured before drying is finished.

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These two types of installing siding are only a part of the options available. Ask your contractor for more details about what siding would be right for you.

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