Determining Your Home’s Siding Installation Needs This Fall

Determining Your Home’s Siding Installation Needs This Fall

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The sun is setting earlier and the weather is cooling down in Colorado’s front range. As the winter months creep closer and closer, various insects, pests, and weather elements are looking to make their way into your property through the smallest of exposed areas. If your property has missing or damaged siding, now is the time to tackle this project to mitigate unnecessary inflating costs over the winter months. 

The Anatomy Of Your Home’s Exterior

Unless you’re looking at a brick or concrete building, the slated and horizontally lengthy materials covering a large percentage of a building’s vertical surfaces are siding.

The siding protects the wood sheathing that is fixed to a building’s framing. The wood sheathing adds dimensional strength to the structure and encapsulates the inside house from the outside world. Without siding, the wood sheathing that covers your walls and roof would be exposed; Siding protects the sheathing and all layers inward from the sheathing. Plus, it acts as an additional layer of temperature insulation.

Identifying Your Siding Material

Different styles of homes are built with varying materials of siding. Three popular siding materials in central Colorado are vinyl siding, wood siding, and fiber cement siding.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most common siding material in Colorado because of its low cost and maintenance needs. The main advantage of vinyl siding is that it has a lower material and initial installation cost (relative to other options), and once installed, you won’t have to worry about maintenance costs until decades down the road. You’ll know if your siding is vinyl when you touch it — It will feel like a hard piece of plastic; This is because vinyl siding is indeed plastic.

Wood Siding

Wood siding is another popular Colorado builder choice because of costs and aesthetics. While wood siding ages better than vinyl siding, you must take care of it! Wood siding requires a greater degree of maintenance than vinyl siding. Many siding replacement jobs that we encounter are wood. We attribute this to its popularity and that it’s easy for damaged wood boards to go unnoticed and deteriorate quickly. Wood siding can be identified by the fibers beneath peeling paint or on the edges of broken boards/pieces.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is another popular siding material. Its engineered nature provides long-term protection against the elements and is becoming a new construction favorite. It sounds silly, but you can generally tell what type of siding your home has by knocking on it. You’ll know if your siding is fiber cement because it will feel rather solid (literally like concrete). If you have access to your damaged siding, you can always shallowly drill into it to determine the material. If you don’t see your typical wood sawdust, the chances are that you’ve got fiber cement siding.

Determining The Need To Replace Or Repair Siding

The life of your siding starts at the moment it goes up on your home and does not stop until it needs to be replaced. Different types of siding have a different lifespan depending upon their use, installation, exposure to weather conditions, maintenance, etc. We recommend that you replace or repair your siding if any pieces have cracks or holes, are loose, or are missing paint. If weather elements or pests can penetrate the siding, your wood sheathing is next in line. If the wood sheathing is penetrated, the issue is now inside your home’s walls.

Cracks & Holes

The most minor cracks and holes can grow quickly or home pests such as wasps and mice that tend to burrow deep and expand “their” homes. If water gets into cracks and holes, colder weather conditions can create ice that expands the size of the cracks and holes.

Loose Boards

Loose boards aren’t just audibly annoying on windier days, but they allow a gap between adjacent siding pieces that can let in forces of destruction.

Missing Paint

While missing paint isn’t a massive issue for vinyl and concrete siding, missing paint on wood siding is a huge no-no. Anyone who knows wood knows that water quickly soaks up and into each wood fiber and anywhere else it can to create a soggy, decaying, and molding mess.

The Siding Installation Timeline

Whether your siding installation needs are small or full scale, the process is generally the same.

1. Assessment & Estimate

The type and quantities of siding needing to be installed are assessed to provide a cost estimate.

2. Materials Ordering & Installation Scheduling

The siding materials are ordered, and installation is scheduled around delivery.

3. Installation & Painting

The siding is installed, caulked, and painted to match your home’s colors.

Cost & Turnaround Time

Siding installation jobs can be as small as $150 and shoot up to thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the neglect. We’ve completed quick and cheap jobs replacing siding for property owners who have experienced broken boards due to our Colorado winds, and we’ve also completed more significant and completely avoidable jobs that required sheathing replacement from chronic water damage and pest infestations.

When was the last time you inspected your property?

When was the last time you walked around your property for exterior inspection? We recommend taking a peek at the exterior aspects of your property on a bi-yearly basis (spring and fall). Walkarounds can identify issues before they become more extensive and costly projects.

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