Planning Your Siding Project

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This section will help you choose the right siding for your house from the many materials available. It will also show you the essentials of applying siding, including the all-important jobs of installing flashing and trim -- two key elements that can make or break any siding job. Siding is usually less daunting work than roofing. You will need ladders and perhaps scaffolding for upper floors, but the logistics of working on the side of a house are simpler than those for working on a roof.

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Correctly installed siding goes a long way toward protecting your home from moisture. However in recent years it has become apparent that a simple layer of roofing felt or building paper may not be adequate to keep out all the wet, especially in vulnerable areas such as those around windows and doors, at the bottom of the sheathing, and at corners. In addition to infiltration from rain and snow, many newer homes have moisture problems arising from tightly sealed walls that cannot breathe properly.

Close attention to flashing and trim eases siding installation and protects your home from the weather. This information shows you how to install a variety of flashings to add extra protection. If there is a chance of moisture being trapped between the siding and the house, consider a rain-screen installation. Consult with local suppliers, builders, and building inspectors to determine the type of flashings needed for your climate.

If you plan to install new windows and doors, it usually -- but not always -- makes sense to repair the sheathing, apply building paper or felt, and then install the windows or doors prior to the siding. If your soffits, fascia, or gutters need repairing or replacing, do the work before or while you install the siding.


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