Many people think installing vinyl siding over wood siding, heck installing vinyl siding in general, is an easy task. Sure, it’s duty-free, resists insects, rotting, and doesn’t need to be painted. Before moving forward we always say, DON’T SELF DIAGNOSE your siding issues. You never want to get caught doing diy on a problem you thought was only minor. Call the Indiana Siding Contractors for all your siding repair needs.
For those homeowners who are looking for advice from local vinyl siding contractors, we’ve compiled this list of dos and don’ts for those doing research for what comes with installing vinyl siding over wood siding. In new builds, usually it’s installed over wood wall sheathing wrapped with insulation and a moisture barrier. On older homes, any old siding (vinyl or metal) needs to be removed. While we recommend a full replacement, vinyl siding can be installed over old wood siding, but it requires an expert attention to detail, knowledge of rotting wood/mold, and considerable preparation. Again, we urge you to get a free property inspection from the best vinyl siding installers as you may even need to adjust your window & door frames.
On that note, the first thing you have to check is if the wood on your home is sound. It’s got to be in great shape & tightly attached to the wall sheathing. If the wood is beveled or lapped, you’ll have to figure out a way to provide a flat surface as vinyl siding must be installed against a flat surface only.
Next, you need to make sure you’re planning to install this vinyl siding over a moisture barrier. If none exists under the wood, then you will have to take a major step back on this project and have your house wrapped with the proper material.
Now that you’ve got your moisture barrier all set, it’s time to install that siding. Make sure to use enough fastening straps, your J-Channel strips & utility trim are installed in the correct places, and to keep your seams apart when installing your 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. panels of siding.
All that being said, THIS IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM EASY. Listen, we get it: It’s your house and you want to control the outcomes of any and all of its construction projects…but this isn’t what it’s chalked up to be. Again, it takes serious preparation and expert knowledge.
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