DIY or siding contractor?
If you have replaced old siding with new siding, then you may be both competent and confident enough to take this exterior restoration project on yourself. The Do it yourself path will most often save you money, but it can take longer to complete and there’s no guarantee your craftmanship will last. For instance, we offer a 10 year warranty. Also, this will take much longer than a weekend. Local siding contractors working full time can take only half the time to side a home depending on the size and the weather conditions. If an expert takes weeks to finish siding a home, your do-it-yourself siding project will most likely exceed that amount.
If you have had little to no experience putting vinyl siding on homes, leave it up to trusted local siding contractors. Siding installation may look relatively easy, but this is not for beginners. Working around corners, eaves, soffits and fascia, along with trimming openings like windows, screens, and doors; are all technical aspects of the project that can be easy to get wrong. If you choose to replace the siding yourself, you need to know the extent of the storm damage to figure out whether to repair or completely remove old siding.
Some other factors to consider: You need to know how to spot, repair, and replace where mold, water, or vermin have damaged it. Do you know how to attach frieze board and sheathing? Which method lends itself to the type of siding (alumnimum, vinyl, etc.) you selected. You must have the skill and tools to cut the siding planks to fit. When it comes to siding, it will benefit both you and your home to hire a professional.
Replacing siding can make your home a lot more attractive, giving it a look that adds character and curb appeal. It can also make your home more energy efficient by keeping heat in and saving on utility bills Siding replacement has consistently been one of the best home improvement projects for adding value to your home and is one of the few projects that can show a direct return on your investment.
Know what you’re getting yourself into before you begin to DIY your siding project…