WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR SIDING REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Now that you've decided to replace your siding and selected a local contractor, you can wait for the job to begin.
While no two jobs are exactly alike, there are a few steps that almost all sidewalk replacement projects have in common. Here's what you can expect in general from the remodeling process, including ways to prepare, questions to ask during the process, and lots of other helpful information to help your project run smoothly. as possible.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR A SIDING REPLACEMENT?
Completing these tasks before construction begins can help the process go more quickly while also protecting your property.
• Once you've gathered all of your materials, it's time to unplug and prepare for the fun. The electrician will need access to a power outlet, so make sure there's one close by that they can easily reach.
• Prepare the interior of your home. Removing and installing siding will cause your walls to shake. Remove objects leaning or hanging from walls and objects on shelves, as they may fall.
• Before work starts, clear the area around your exterior walls of anything that could get in the way, like firewood or patio furniture. This will help staff start working right away. You might also want to remove any outdoor decorations and cover up shrubs with a landscaping tarp to avoid accidentally damaging them. Mowing the lawn beforehand will let your crew more easily spot stray nails or other things that don't belong there.
• Make a plan B. It's impossible to keep construction noise levels down, so if you work from home, you'll need to find another place to do your job. The same goes for pets--you may have to put them in boarding or ask a friend to take care of them while the workers are around.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE CONSTRUCTION
We will generally deliver your dumpster and new liner a day or two before the installation crew arrives. In some areas, you may need to acquire a permit for the dumpster from the municipality; be sure to ask your contractor about this and any other building permits that might be required.
Before the dumpster is delivered, let your supervisor know where on your property you want it. The crew wants it close to the house, but that might not be best for you. Dumpsters are very heavy and can damage driveways. If you're worried about this ask the driver to put wood under pressure points.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LINING?
When the crew arrives, they will be directed to your property and begin setting up the workstations. When they are ready, your first step is to remove the existing siding.
Some crews will only rip out part of the house at a time to avoid leaving the walls exposed to the weather. Large crews can remove all sidings at once.
It is important to be aware of security risks during construction projects. Although your workers should clean up daily, the area may still have nails and other hazards. To avoid injury, always wear sturdy shoes or boots when walking around the job site.
During construction, your contractor may leave your scaffolding in place overnight. To avoid accidents, please supervise your children and warn neighbors with children to stay away from the construction site.
When your old siding is being removed, that's the best time to inspect your home for damage and make repairs if necessary. Even though these issues can be unexpected and seem like trouble, it's better to deal with them now than after you've installed new siding.
While it is impossible to know the true state of your home's siding without taking it all off, a local contractor with experience will have a good idea. This is because they have likely worked on homes similar to yours in the area. In fact, they might even know who built your house and what type of materials were used in its construction.
The best way to handle unexpected problems is to communicate clearly with your contractor. Ask them what kinds of problems they can expect to encounter and how they will report back to you. The two of you can then determine the best way to resolve the situation.
New Siding Installation
In order to finalize the siding installation and repairs, your contractor will install or replace a weather-resistant barrier (WRB), also known as house wrap. WRBs protect homes by being water resistant and breathable, essentially keeping the home's structure dry.
Finally, the crew will begin installing your new siding and trim.
How long does a house last?
Every home is different, but a typical siding installation and removal project can take anywhere from 7-14 days. There are many things that can increase the time, such as the size of your home, if you are using pre-finished siding, or if you need painting and unexpected repairs. Inclement weather can also be a factor and there may be some downtime waiting for building inspections.
Dialogue and Cooperation
Inspecting each wall and discussing any concerns with the job supervisor before the crew leaves is important. But it's also important to have a conversation before the job starts. Talk to your contractor about start and end times, what home or yard to look for, your tolerance for loud music, parking preferences, weekend work time options, etc.
Construction can be hard and physically demanding work, but most siding installers are true professionals. Learn their names. Talk to them every day. A good relationship with your team will help ensure that you have a good liner replacement experience.