Whose Side are you on?
Siding itself can serve many important jobs. It can protect your home from the invasion of water and other elements of weather that generally produce destructive structural effects. It can also add aesthetic beauty while increasing the overall property value. Because this product serves such an important function, there are many different types of siding to choose from such as wood, plastic, metal and asphalt. At Peak to Peak Roofing & Exteriors we recommend two specific types of siding based on their cool combination of both durability and affordability.
Fiber Cement Siding
When installing siding onto any structure, craftsmanship is key. For any fiber cement product, it is vital to maintain the appropriate amount of space between trim and siding. Without enough space, moisture problems can occur and with too much space, the work simply won’t look good. We recommend and use James Hardie for our fiber cement siding installations.
The key to installing vinyl siding is to install a quality product in an expert way. If vinyl is nailed too tightly to a structure it can restrict the materials movement creating a buckling effect which can cause problems down the road. We trust the professional line offered by Mastic for all our vinyl siding installation.
We are dedicated to getting your siding job done right the first time, every time. Because most siding jobs are a somewhat craft-like process, they generally take 2-4 working days to complete. It is important to have a certified project manager on site while the work is being done. Our highly skilled crews use pump jacks on each elevation and every siding installation includes complete removal of all existing siding and the application of a moisture barrier or House Wrap product such as Tyvek. This allows the siding to be most effective in its function of protecting your home.
A highly breathable but liquid water impenetrable material, Tyvek is used to aid in “weather proofing” a structure.
The installation process for fiber cement siding is very similar to installing other materials. However, it does require a little more precision than some types of material, so there are precise steps that need to be taken before installing this type of product.
1. Cut the Fiber Cement Boards – cut the fiber cement boards upside down to get the cleanest lines.
2. Prime and Paint – If painting is needed, coat all of the cut ends of the siding with latex paint before installing.
3. Installing the Siding – install the fiber cement boards from the bottom up when using a traditional, horizontal lap application.
4. Caulk the Vertical Gaps – When the siding is completely installed, you will caulk the vertical gaps between your siding and trim.
Peak to Peak Roofing is here to help with ensuring your home’s exterior is protected for years to come. Call us today!
Fiber cement siding is an incredibly long-lasting product, but there will inevitably be problems with any home product. The need to repair fiber cement siding is usually from faulty installation or could include rodents, collisions, extreme weather, or water damage to the underlayment.
• Removing a Damaged Board – To remove the board, you’ll have to pull out or cut off the nails, which are likely located underneath the overlapping siding on the row above. Use a pry bar and lift the bottom edge of the overlapping siding gently as not to cause any additional damage. As you pry, use wood shims to create a buffer between the overlapping piece and the damaged piece so that nails can be removed from the damaged part easier.
• Replacing With the New Board – When sliding the last board into place underneath an overlapping row of siding, you may have to face nail it into place because the top nailing lip is hard to reach. Use some touch-up paint to cover up these face nails and then re-caulk any gaps to repair fiber cement lap siding completely.
• Fixing Holes in Fiber Cement – To repair a hole in fiber cement siding, special putty can be used as a patch. This putty should be included in any fiber cement repair kit. The patch is mixed, formed, and spread to match the contours of the board. You then let the patch dry and sand it to blend into the surrounding parts of the plank. Finally, paint the area, and although the patch may not be cosmetically perfect, it blocks out water and insect access.
If you have damaged siding, call Peak to Peak Roofing today to get an inspection and custom estimate.
Vinyl siding remains the most popular option for homeowners because of its cost, variety of options, and ease of installation. Vinyl is a smart choice whether your home has old or metal exterior-style siding that rusts in wet climates. Installing vinyl siding involves the following steps:
1. Remove Old Siding
2. Add House Wrap
3. Create Chalk Lines
4. Install the Vinyl Siding Starter Strip
5. Place Inside Corner Posts
6. Place Outside Corner Post Pieces
7. Cap Outside Corner Posts
8. Put J-channel Vinyl Siding Trim Around Windows and Doors
9. Finish the Corners
10. Start Installing Siding Panels
11. Work Your Way Up
12. Finish the Top Course Around Gable
Get expert help and installation from Peak to Peak Roofing, your home exterior experts!
Vinyl siding can last anywhere from 15-40 years, depending on climate and maintenance. That being said, if you properly clean your vinyl siding and keep it maintained, it can last you much longer. Vinyl siding generally needs very little maintenance to remain in good condition for 20 years. The Peak to Peak Roofing team can help you with your siding questions.