Over time the siding on your house weathers and needs replacing. Some siding products last longer than others, but nothing is going to last forever on the home. If the siding on your home is looking like it has seen better days, it might be time to replace it and make the house look great again. 

Checking the Siding

If you think the siding needs updating or replacing on your home, it is a good idea to have a siding contractor come out and take a look at it for you. It is essential to know if you have any leaks behind the siding or problems that are obvious and indicate that the siding is allowing water to seep in behind it. The type of siding is not crucial at this point, only that it is leaking. You may have to remove a section of the siding to check for damage if it appears that there is a problem.

Repairing Damage 

If the siding on your house has been leaking, there may be damage that needs to be addressed before new siding can be put on the house. The contractor may need to replace boards on the house, structural studs inside the wall, or you may have mold that requires removing. Once you have repaired the damage to the home, wrapping the house with a vapor barrier will prevent the same problem in the future. The vapor barrier is a woven plastic that is stapled to the outside of the house and will stay in place as the new siding is installed. 

Choosing The Type of Siding

Choosing the right siding for your home is mostly personal preference. You can use a wood siding, vinyl siding, or aluminum siding on the house if you like. If you want to go with a little nicer siding, you might consider a shake siding to add a little something special, but it will cost more to have installed on the house. The type of siding is up to you and what you want for your home.  

Installing the new Siding

The new siding for the home is typically installed starting at the bottom of the house and working toward the top. If you have a complicated roof line to deal with, a lot of cutting and fitting may be necessary to make the sides fit the home properly. The siding needs to fit tightly around each window and door as well. Once all the siding is in place, you can replace the trim boards on the windows, doors, and all around the house. 

Contact a service, like Wayne Siding & Home Improvements, for more help.