Can I install siding myself?

siding installation

Protecting the sides of the home

Siding installation may seem easy, and while it isn’t that complicated, it also takes more forethought and planning than you may think.  It isn’t a profession that takes years of formal education to learn how install siding correctly, but practice makes perfect. So, with this article, we will answer a few questions about siding installation that every DIY homeowner has asked before taking on the challenge to install siding by yourself. 

What is the easiest siding to install? When you choose to install siding on house yourself, you’ll have several choices and decisions. Some of those include: 

  • Cost
  • Aesthetics
  • Prep work
  • Special tools
  • Arrange for Assistance 
  • Time frame if a concern 

These are things that will assist you in narrowing down that siding choices. There are four common siding options, all of which are available at most home improvement stores: 

  • Wood Siding: Available in various shapes, including old fashioned and simple clapboard to an intricate shingle. Wood siding has been around forever, a testament to its durability and longevity. However, it is a labor intensive siding installation process, starting with the old siding must be removed first. It should be installed by somebody that is competent in their carpentry skills. Wood siding installation will require more maintenance over other siding materials. 
  • Aluminum Siding: A low maintenance siding option, making it a popular one for homeowners that don’t want to worry about endless years of repainting. Aluminum siding installation can be done over existing wood if there isn’t any mold or rot. Aluminum siding installation is easier than wood siding because of the nailing flange formed on each piece, which interlock. Special tools are required like metal shears and you will need a second person to help hang. Aluminum siding is known for becoming powdery after years of UV rays and it dents easily. 
  • Vinyl Siding: A durable material and easy siding installation make this a common go-to for DIY and professionals. An inexpensive choice compared to other siding options that has minimal maintenance requirements. Color is long lasting because the colors are made into the pigments. Vinyl siding installation biggest concerns is the ease it chips and cracks but replacing strips of vinyl siding is easy. 
  • Fiber-Cement Siding: The latest technology in siding installation materials that has a large selection of finishes and styles. Because of its versatility, you can have practically any exterior wall covering. A durable product that offers low maintenance but is expensive and will require purchase or rental of special tools for siding installation.

What type of siding lasts the longest?

Having a siding installation job is a expensive investment, but for good reason: It is the exterior protection of your home. So you want to choose a siding material that is going to give you the best durability and longest lifespan. From the various siding materials available for siding installation, the lifespans are as follows: 

  • Wood Siding: Twenty to forty years. 
  • Aluminum Siding: Twenty to forty years. 
  • Steel Siding: Forty years or longer.
  • Stucco Siding: This material installed over wood frame has a lifespan of sixty years. When installed over concrete block, it can have a lifespan over eighty years. 
  • Vinyl Siding: Average lifespan is sixty years and with meticulous maintenance and upkeep, the lifespan can be one hundred years. 
  • Fiber Cement: When installed by a professional, you can expect a lifespan of one hundred years. 

Should you remove old siding before installing new?

Can you install new siding over old siding?

In general, it is recommended by siding manufacturers and many experienced contractors recommend removing the old siding before the new siding is installed. For a couple of reasons, it has become popular to leave the old siding: 

  • Environmental concerns old siding in the overfull landfills.
  • Expense is more when the contractor has to remove the existing siding. 
vinyl siding on a home

Do I need house wrap behind vinyl siding?

Many local authorities and professional contractors advise to wrap a house as the first step in siding installation, especially when using vinyl siding. The reasons that wrap is recommended are: 

  • Air leak blockage
  • Moisture blockage
  • Secondary layer defense
  • Uncontrolled air circulation prevention

As you shop for new material for your siding installation, the material covered in this piece can be a helpful resource. Research the internet and study the various types of siding. Determine which siding best fits the architectural style of you home and your budget. Most contractors will have samples of various siding materials where you can hold up to your house to get a visual idea of how your home will look. 

If you still have concerns, confusion, or questions, choose a siding installation contractor that will take the time to answer these and give you helpful information to choose the right product. Call (410)-288-1633 today!