Siding Information

Stripping. Stripping is the process of tearing off the old siding. It may not be necessary to strip the old siding before installing the new. As long as the old siding is not rotting, new vinyl siding can be put on top of it. In this case, the old siding provides added insulation. Some contractors choose to install a layer of foam between the old and new siding. If a portion of old siding is rotting, it is often easier and more cost effective to replace only the rotting portion of the old siding before putting up the new siding.

Materials. Different materials offer varying levels of quality. While higher-quality materials usually look better and hold up better over time, they are also more expensive. Most companies offer a variety of quality grades for a variety of budgets.

Trim. While attaching long, horizontal pieces of siding to the wall is relatively easy, correctly installing the trim on corners, window casings, and overhangs is not. On quality jobs, pieces and trim will be straight, properly aligned, and neat. Since putting siding on a home is a large investment, homeowners should educate themselves about the quality offered by various contractors. A good way to do this is to look at one or more of the jobs completed by potential companies.