Nov 29, 2016

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Siding Yourself

There are two types of cooks in this world.  The first are those that follow recipes to a tee.  They carefully measure each ingredient and carefully time out each step.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is a cook that uses a recipe as starting point, but feels free to swap out ingredients and quantities on the fly.  While neither approach is wrong when you’re cooking, taking liberties with certain home improvements can be disastrous.

It can be tempting to tackle a siding replacement project yourself.  However, before you do that, it’s worth taking a few minutes to fully comprehend what this type of project entails.  Allow us to enlighten you.

1. Time Commitment

Don’t count on completing your home’s siding job in a weekend.  Experienced professional siding installers can take more than a week to finish a project.  With that in mind, consider how much longer it will take someone who is undertaking this task for the first time.Worker on scaffolding installing new siding on a home

2. Precision Counts

Meticulousness is crucial in all aspects of a siding project.  Precisely measuring your home is a must in order to ensure that the correct amount of siding is purchased.  As new rows of siding are installed, they must be checked with a level.  Failure to do this can result in an uneven look.  Special care must be taken to navigate corners and hide seams.

3. The Right Tools

The vast majority of homeowners already have basic items such as hammers, levels, and power saws.  However, the tools needed for siding are much more comprehensive and can easily add up if they are purchased specifically for this project.  Skimping on the quality of tools can also dramatically impact the end result of the project.  A siding project will also go much smoother with the use of scaffolding, another purchase you’ll need to make if you do not already own it.

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4. Room for Error

Reputable siding contractors are experts at navigating around areas of the home such as gutters, windows, doors, soffit, and fascia.  They are trained on how to address dry rot and properly install house wrap.  Even something as seemingly simple as caulk application requires practice.  Professional siding installers also understand that they need to adjust their process based on the material they’re applying and how to prevent potential siding failure.

5. Warranty Concerns

Siding manufacturers provide warranties in the event of product failure.  However, they become null and void when it is determined that the material was not installed to their specifications.  This is because incorrect installation reduces a product’s lifespan. Type of nails and fasteners are dictated by the manufacturer and need to be driven to the appropriate length and angle.  Manufacturers also dictate the clearance to the shingles and the grade.  Kick out flashing that curtails water from seeping into your walls must also be correctly installed.

Don’t risk potential damage to your home or invalidating your siding’s warranty. Contact Lindus Construction to get started on your home’s siding replacement.

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I was extremely pleased with the quality of work done by Lindus. They installed six large picture windows, replaced all my old siding with new LP® Smartside®, replaced the soffit and fascia, and installed their LeafGuard® Gutters. I highly recommend checking them out.  Their responsiveness, ability to make suggestions that met my needs, and professionalism were top notch. Pricewise, they were in the ballpark with competitors, maybe slightly more, but they're worth it." 

Ryan C.
Webster, WI
August 23, 2022

"We had a very good experience with Lindus Construction from the very beginning with Lucas Trickle. Lucas explained all the products for the siding and gutters. And he answered any questions that we had. The work was done two months before we expected. The workers worked hard and cleaned up everything before leaving our property. We are very satisfied with the finished product."

Mary D.
St. Paul, MN
June 29, 2023

"Very pleased with work completed by Lindus. Lucas was very thorough in pulling together the estimate and siding/roofing work met our expectations. The crews also did a good job cleaning up the work site once their work was done. Would definitely recommend them."

Mary M.
Woodbury, MN
June 25, 2023

"We had Lindus install new LP SmartSide® and SeasonGuard Windows.  A great installation by professional crews. We could not be happier. Sure glad we went with Lindus!"

Mark S.
Brooklyn Park, MN
June 20, 2023

"I really appreciated all the help from Lindus through this work and the quality of workers that you have on your crews.  I really appreciated the work and cooperation!"

Marsha T.
New Prague, MN
June 7, 2023

"Lindus Construction was great to work with. We had hail damage to our roof, siding and windows. They really went to bat for us with the insurance company which was greatly appreciated.  The crews that did the work were friendly and very professional. They really know what they are doing and work together extremely well. We are so very happy with the results. We will have no hesitation to use this company in the future."

David L.
Baldwin, WI
April 5, 2023
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