Parts one and two took us through the different siding types and materials on the market, as well as the different factors we need to look at before we choose which one to use. Once we have chosen, the next thing to do is install the product — and that, in itself, requires careful thought.
Technical Considerations. Different siding materials need to follow differing technical procedures during installation to ensure optimal performance. Vinyl siding, for instance, is not meant to be a water tight covering, so it needs to have a housewrap. Steel siding, on the other hand, should have proper locking and alignment to prevent water penetration.
In addition to the specific installation practices, siding installation should also factor in your building codes, as well as energy and aesthetic goals.
Good workmanship is only half of the package; your siding product should, in itself, be a good investment. Various advances in manufacturing have led to products that are engineered for maximum returns. A trusted brand name such as James Hardie, for instance, is a much better option than other less established brands. The brand’s HardieZone system, in particular, makes sure you get the right siding products for your specific climate zone. As such, you can look forward to exterior cladding that can ably take on your area’s elements.
In addition, trusted brands offer extensive product support and warranty. This can help you save on costs if the siding has issues.
Lastly, who you hire to install your siding is important. Your chosen contractor should be licensed, insured, and bonded — at the very least — for your own security. In addition, your contractor should have years of experience in the industry. Experience is not only a measure of the siding professional’s skills; it is also a testament to the way he or she delivers results. Poor results, after all, will be evident in the number of jobs the contractor has.
Before making a choice, schedule a consultation with your potential contractor and ask for:
- A proposal. Your proposal should include everything that is important to the project such as start and completion dates, modes of payment, and materials to be used.
- As much as possible, ask for references. These will give you a better idea of the kind of work your contractor does and, subsequently, the kind of work you can expect.