4 Smart Tips For Installing Home Siding
I don't know how many times I watch videos on the
Internet or look at pictures that people send me about projects that
they're proud of. I haven't even seen these types of problems on home
remodeling television shows where people assume that these people are
professionals. Let me share four smart tips for installing home siding
with anyone who doesn't want to make the same mistakes that some of
these people already did.
1. Read the manufacturer's installation instructions. It doesn't get any simpler than this. If you install the home siding incorrectly and your siding has a manufacturer's warranty, it usually won't be any good.
2. Make sure that you installed the weatherproofing correctly. It wouldn't be a bad idea to see if the manufacturer of these products also have installation instructions. The last thing that you're going to want to do and this seems to be the biggest problem for do-it-yourselfers, is to install the weatherproofing material incorrectly.
3. Use the correct fastening methods for your new home siding. If the manufacturer calls out for noncorrosive nails or says that you can only use stainless steel screws or nails, you probably should. Remember, that the manufacturer has already tested this product and there's no need for you to do any more testing.
4. Make sure that you store all siding materials correctly. Some home siding materials can easily become damaged if they are stored improperly. This could also apply to loading and unloading these materials.
I'm not kidding around, I see a lot of problems with professionals and do-it-yourselfers who install siding, but don't always understand the process. The best way for anyone who's interested in installing siding, is to learn more about the product that they are going to be working with. I suggest that you get as much information as you can, so that it's installed correctly.
If the siding isn't installed properly, there's a good chance that your home siding guarantee won't be any good. Again, read the manufacturer's installation instructions if they have them.