As a residential remodeler, anticipating the potential issues that could lurk beneath old siding is key to planning an efficient re-siding project. While removing siding can be a fairly quick process, it’s not uncommon to discover siding installation mistakes that could lead to much more extensive repairs.
Specifically, improper installation steps like leaving sheathing unprotected, not capping corner posts, not flashing bottoms of the windows and/or doors, or neglecting to use a housewrap or a weather-resistant barrier could result in long-term moisture damage or pest infestation.
If these mistakes were made, you’ll likely encounter mold and fungal decay caused by extensive moisture problems or a family of pests that must be evicted. Depending on the extent of the siding damage you may need to replace the framing and/or sheathing or, in some cases, add a barrier to prevent previous damage from reoccurring.
Kyle Stumpenhorst, owner of Rural Renovators, recently completed a re-side and encountered unexpected damage. He offers some advice, “You never know what you’re going to find under old siding. Add wiggle room in your initial budget and construction schedule in case you need to invest in additional materials and spend extra hours to solve unforeseen problems. This will best prepare your customer and save you a headache…or two.”
If a tear-off and unforeseen repairs add a significant amount of man hours to even the extended schedule, rely on the time-saving installation of LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding. This prefinished option eliminates the need to paint your trim and siding, and the availability of 16-foot lengths can also allow for faster installation. It also includes LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Lap, which helps builders avoid the need for seam caulking, joint molds or pan flashing at butt joints.
Stumpenhorst adds, “In using LP SmartSide siding products on my recent re-side, I can confidently say that the durability can help make up for lost time spent on unexpected repairs. This is a huge benefit when you have a small crew and need siding that is easier to carry and install with fewer people. The new prefinished siding option is even better, as you can save on paint labor and costs.”
Be prepared for potential issues so you can approach your next remodel with a strategic plan. Need more reasons why switching to LP SmartSide siding products can save you time when replacing old siding? Check out this recent article.
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