What to Expect During Siding Replacement

Remodeling the exterior of your home can be an exciting and rewarding project, especially if you know what to expect. You can avoid surprises by understanding the re-siding process and some of the challenges that may arise once your project has begun.

Before You Begin

Your remodeler will review with you various styles of LP® SmartSide® Trim and Siding for your home and help you explore exterior remodeling ideas. Once you decide on the look you want, your remodeler will provide an estimate that includes the cost of material, labor, paint, applicable permits and the amount of time required to complete your project.

Starting Your Remodel

When your remodeling project begins, it may seem overwhelming at first. A dumpster will be delivered to your home to haul away your old siding and construction debris. Some remodelers may deliver a portable restroom for the crew. The workers will start by tearing off your existing siding. Your interior walls may shake a bit, so remove any pictures or hanging valuables to prevent accidental breakage. It’s not uncommon for remodelers to work on only one side of your home at a time to avoid exposure to extreme weather conditions.

Expect the Unexpected

If your home currently has asbestos siding, you will run into additional costs for removal. Once your old siding has been removed, your remodeler may discover water damage or areas in need of immediate repair. Simple fixes may include adjusting window flashing or replacing a few feet of wood. Major structural repairs may cost you more.

Re-Siding Your Home

Before your LP SmartSide Trim and Siding  is installed, your remodeler will install a code-approved, weather-resistant barrier and inspect your flashing. If your walls are uneven, furring strips will be installed to create a flat mounting surface for the siding. All joints between lap siding and trim will be sealed to help prevent water intrusion. (Sealing joints between siding and trim may not apply if the installer uses the trim-over method.)

The Finishing Touch

When your remodeler is finished installing all of the trim and siding, the painters will move in (unless you install prefinished LP SmartSide siding and trim).  All LP SmartSide products come pre-primed for better paint adhesion and to help save time during your project. Your painter may use various methods to paint your home, including a sprayer. Take precautions to park vehicles away from your home and advise nearby neighbors to do the same.

When your home siding project is complete, your remodeler will remove all waste materials and walk around your home with you for a final inspection. Now it’s time to enjoy your beautiful home.

Let’s Get Started with Exterior Remodeling Ideas

Are you ready for home siding replacement too? Get your project started by contacting an LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor or knowledgeable remodeler in your area.

Continue Reading
Industry Trends6 min

55+ Housing Is Booming Coast to Coast

The mood of builders in the 55+ single-family sector can be described in just two words: very optimistic. Earlier this year, the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index scored its highest builder confidence rating since the index was introduced in 2008.

Continue Reading
Trends5 min
Trend Alert: Sleek & Smooth Style on the Rise

It’s no surprise that 97% of realtors say that curb appeal is most important to a potential buyer, which makes keeping up with the latest exterior trends a priority to homeowners. While traditional exteriors like stone and brick can add uniqueness as accents, according to LP industry experts, homeowners these days are gravitating toward sleeker and smoother siding options to cover the bulk of their homes.

Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

Trends5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.