Siding Installation and Repair in Maine

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Giving Your House that New Look

At some point many homeowners start thinking about siding installation. Many would wonder what it entails for a contractor to do siding installation. Where do they begin? What steps are involved? Here we will cover the basic steps involved when your contractor installs siding on your home.

Siding Installation Contractors are on Call!

When thinking about siding installation your contractor will first have to start off with making an estimate. The old adage "measure twice, cut once" is a rule which applies here as well. An estimate is given by a contractor coming to your home and measuring wall length and height, any gables you may have (triangular wall segments, like just under a roof), all the corners of your house, and any areas around windows, doors, mailboxes, etc. Once they have these measurements they will take into account your choice of siding and any labor and materials costs.

Vinyl Siding Installation - Extras First

The first part of the siding instillation itself is placing the trim. The trim is for whenever your siding ends next to anything else on the walls. Trim will cover the edges of the siding, protecting the sides of your home as well as covering any gaps or rough edges on the siding. The gap between the siding and the edges of the objects is needed to allow certain sidings to expand and contract when it is hot or cold without deforming. There are a few common types of trim which are needed when beginning installation. One type which is always need is the corner trim which is used on the outside corners of the house (the corners of a house which point outward). The next and most commonly used form of trim is something called J-channel (called that for its J-shaped side outline), used for whenever the siding will come up against another object in the wall, such as windows, doors, mailboxes, etc., and on the inside corners of a house. For some sidings a special trim piece called a starter strip is used at the bottom of the wall. This is used to attach the first piece of siding to the house. Most all trim pieces use nails to attach to a stud in the house, but many can use screws as well.

Installation - Time to Let the Siding Contractors Through!

The last part of installation is the siding itself. It is attached in different ways depending on the type of siding, but the most common way is to attach the bottom piece of siding first, then travel up attaching each piece of siding using nails along the top of the piece. This is usually the easiest part of the process, but doing it right is important since each piece needs to have a certain amount exposed and they all need to be level.

Wrapping Up

Depending on the type of siding it will either already be a certain color or will need to be painted. Now that you know the basics of siding installation, you're ready to get started with that new look to your house.

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