When you are a homeowner, maintaining the curb appeal and the overall strength of the exterior of your home is important not only for property value, but also to avoid dealing with mold, cracks and other issues you may be faced with in the future. If you own your own home and you are in need of replacing and repairing siding, you can do so by understanding the type of siding options that are available along with knowing the proper steps to complete the job yourself.
Why Repair and Replace Siding?
Repairing and replacing the siding in your home is a way to keep unwanted pests, mold, insects, cold and hot air and even water damage from occurring. The more maintained you keep the exterior of your home, the more stable and sturdy the house’s overall structure will be for years to come.
Ridding the Siding
The first step to repairing and replacing the siding of your home is to remove the old siding from the house entirely. If the siding has been weakened, it will be easier to pull the siding itself directly from the house by hand. You can also use wedges and a hammer to help with removing siding and any nails that may be inside of the house’s structure. Removing stubborn nails left behind from old siding can be done with the assistance of a hacksaw.
Use the hacksaw to cut the siding you want off of your home vertically. You can rid most of the home’s damaged siding with a hacksaw, using a crowbar or a hammer to help with finishing the job.
Prepare the New Siding
You can then measure the open gaps you have on the side of your home after the siding has been removed to help with ensuring you are using the right size of siding when you begin adding the new additions to the house.
Cut new pieces of siding that you have selected to fit in the spaces of the removed siding, ensuring the siding is able to fit into place upward, filling the gaps between each section. The new siding should be capable of fitting underneath siding that it is above it, ensuring it is in place and protecting the base layers of the home. Even if the siding fits perfectly into place, it is not time to seal it permanently.
After you have cut the siding properly and you are ready to begin applying the new pieces to the side of the house, it is time to apply a proper primer. Adding a coat of primer to the new pieces of siding you plan to add to the home as well as the empty space where the piece of siding will fit is the next step before you actually put the siding into place. Allow the primer to complete dry on both the base foundation of the home as well as on the siding itself before attempting to secure the siding.
Once the primer has dried entirely, you can then move forward with placing the new siding against your home. First, ensure the primed side of the new siding is facing the empty space on your home and level with any other siding above it. Nail the siding into place in the same fashion as the past siding you may have had installed on the exterior of your home. Most siding already includes holes for nails, making it less difficult when trying to match each siding hole with the next for consistency.
Ensure the nail is driven throughout the entire piece of siding and that it connects with the siding that is also below it, ensuring it is secured in place. When you nail both pieces of siding together, you are also creating a strong reinforcement to keep the siding in place for years to come. It is also important to connect the new siding and the piece above it as well without steel nails to add another layer of security to the siding.
Once you have nailed the siding into place, adding acrylic latex caulk around the edges of each piece of siding will keep the siding in place and closed off entirely from potential weather, insects or openings.