Spring is the perfect time to install new exterior siding. Over time, UV rays and precipitation can damage siding and increase your risk for moisture damage. To protect the exterior of your home from the elements, you’ll need to visit your local building materials supplier as soon as possible to browse your siding options. Eikenhout offers a wide range of building materials so you can improve the value and curb appeal of your home. Continue reading to learn what you can expect during siding installation.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior
Now that the snow has melted, take a good look at your house siding. Are there any holes or signs of insect activity? Has a section of vinyl siding melted from grilling too close to the house? The sooner you spot damaged siding, the sooner you’ll be able to prevent water and insect damage. The last thing you want is for water to seep beneath siding panels.
Consider siding replacement if you notice:
- Melted or warped vinyl siding
- Mold and mildew
- Structural damage
- Insect damage
- Poor siding installation
Once the siding is removed, you’ll be able to fix any problems before they’re covered up again. The underlying wall needs to be properly repaired before siding installation. For example, water damage will need to be fixed before covering up your home’s exterior with new siding.
Choose Siding Materials
The siding materials you choose will depend on your budget and what you’re looking for in terms of appearance and durability. For example, many homeowners prefer vinyl siding because of its affordability and durability. Insulated vinyl siding is also resistant to cold weather. If you’re looking for long-lasting siding options, ask about steel or fiber cement siding.
Types of siding include:
- Fiber cement
Siding comes in a range of colors and styles so you can match the roof, windows, shutters, exterior doors, and even landscaping. If you have a specific siding material in mind, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you find the right siding for your home. If you aren’t sure what siding to get, we recommend taking a drive around your neighborhood. Since the houses in your neighborhood were most likely built around the same time, you’ll be able to get ideas for your own home’s façade.
Hire Siding Contractors
Your house siding helps protect your home from the elements, which is why it’s important you hire a licensed and insured contractor. That way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your contractor has a history of providing quality service. Hiring an insured contractor means you won’t be held liable for any injuries sustained on the job. A reputable contractor will always take necessary precautions to protect their workers and clients.
Eikenhout is a building supply company that is dedicated to helping homeowners and contractors find high-quality building products for their next project. If you are interested in our inventory of residential and commercial building supplies, please feel free to call any of our nine Michigan locations.