As the weather warms up and spring cleaning is underway, you may be inspired to take on a house project or two. With the winter months behind you, spring and summer are a great time to re-side your home with a durable siding.
Whether you’re tackling the project yourself or hiring a siding contractor, choosing to re-side your home in warmer months can help the process. Brian Mathis, Construction Services Associate at LP, shares his beginning steps to siding a house and the advantages to re-siding in warmer months.
Overall, warmer weather increases the ease of install, allowing for quicker construction times and reduced hassle.
Warmer months bring more hours of daylight and therefore more workable hours to install your new siding. Additionally, building professionals and DIY enthusiasts don't have to worry about the hazards that come with colder months such as materials freezing or slipping on icy surfaces or equipment.
When it comes to painting, many paint manufacturers recommend warmer temperatures for best application. If you are using prefinished siding such as LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, touch-up paint should be stored at temperatures between 40° F and 100° F (and only applied at temperatures above 50° F).
First, consider the cost to put new siding on a house and the timeline for your project. These factors will help you decide whether to hire a contractor or do the re-side yourself. If you decide to perform the re-side you should measure your square footage, confirm siding measurements, purchase siding, make sure to have all tools needed and make sure to prepare your surface so that it is clean, flat and dry. Standard woodworking tools, nails, sealant, paint and a code approved water-resistive barrier are a must.
If you are making significant changes to your exterior, you are likely anxious to see the finished result. Keep in mind that a re-siding process may take months to complete.
At the start of your project, you or your contractor may have to remove old siding or prepare the surface in other ways. Preparation for your re-siding project could take a couple of months, but once the surface is prepared a good contractor can complete the project in a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the square footage, weather and other external influences.
Rest assured—once you have chosen a contractor, purchased your siding and determined paint colors, you’re well on your way!
LP SmartSide products are a great investment for your home because of the weatherability and durability advantages that come with engineered wood. When installation is complete, you have instantly added beauty and curb appeal with one of the most durable siding options on the market. You also know that LP has your back because of its industry-leading warranties.
With the sun shining and rising temperatures, it’s time to get your exterior renovations underway! Need inspiration? Start here.
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