Jan 12, 2021

Five Reasons Why Siding Installation Isn’t a DIY Project

Every year, Remodeling magazine compiles a list of the home improvement projects that offer the highest return on investment.  Not surprising to us in the industry, siding installation landed in the top five home improvements that retain their value at time of resale.  However, this considers that the project was properly executed.  While there are a handful of homeowners that can install their own siding, many that attempt this type of DIY project end up calling a professional to complete the project or fix their mistakes.  Here are our top reasons a homeowner should entrust this type of a job to a reputable contractor.

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Time: A home siding installation project isn’t something that can be completed in a weekend.  In fact, it can even take professionals several weeks depending on material, weather, and size of the home.  If you’re working a full-time job, odds are the time it takes to install new house siding isn’t something you have.  Bear in mind, it’s extremely difficult for an amateur to install long runs of siding on their own.

Intricacies Involved: Siding that wards off air and water infiltration takes meticulous craftsmanship.  While straight runs are fairly elementary, working around gutters, soffits, fascia, and windows take substantial experience.  Botch this part of the project and wood rot becomes imminent.  In addition, once the home’s siding material has been removed, it’s common to find damage that wasn’t previously evident.  Top-tier siding contractors tend to have long lead times and are going to be reluctant to fix these issues at the drop of a hat.  If siding is not installed to the manufacturer’s exact specifications they are not legally obligated to honor your warranty claim if the siding fails prematurely.

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Tools Needed: Very few homeowners already own the necessary arsenal of tools needed to install siding.  Commonly used tools include scaffolding, tin snips, power drill, level, measuring square, etc.  The list grows even longer if the siding material is James Hardie®.  This type of siding can only be cut with a special saw.  Because it contains silica and fly ash, hazmat suits must be worn during the cutting process to maintain the installer’s safety.        

Material Price: Reputable siding contractors have well established relationships with the industry’s premier manufacturers.  They also purchase siding in large quantities, allowing for even further discounts that aren’t available to homeowners completing a once-in-a-lifetime project.

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Understanding Expansion & Contraction: Here in the Twin Cities, we experience an extreme difference in temperatures throughout the seasons.  This means that siding shrinks in the winter months and expands during the summer months.  This makes it imperative that the correct amount of siding spacing is used during installation.  Bear in mind that the proper levels can vary by material used.

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Twin Cities Siding Installation Reviews:

"When the siding started to go up, they ran into some winter weather and still kept working, which was great. Their supervisor, Brandon, was great to work with. He was always so easy to speak to and made sure all my questions and concerns were answered.  I want to thank Lindus for all their wonderful employees and the job they did. They took away my outdated home and dropped in a new and improved house."

Rachel W.
Roseville, MN
December 11, 2020

"I have nothing but positive things to say about this company. I have now used it for multiple projects over the years. From LeafGuard®, to steel siding, to decking and general repair all has gone well. They don't start a project until they are ready to complete it. There is stop/start with them. They start it and complete it and then go on to the next customer. Never have they given me the cheapest bid but the quality of their workmanship is always superb, so I give them the job. Only once have I needed a follow-up service. This was done quickly and at no additional cost."

Roger C.
Shoreview, MN
November 28, 2020

"We are extremely happy with the outcome. The salesman, crew, project managers, everyone was professional and focused on getting it done right. When we had a problem, Lindus went with it and offered a fair solution. We are grateful for their problem solving and intent to get the best product for us. The crew would not leave until they felt it was the best work - and it was a challenge on our 1914 structure. We are pleased and happy with our beautiful house. Our neighbors are still complimenting us! Thank you Lindus."

Noreen G.
Minneapolis, MN
November 16, 2020

"We had a new deck as well as some new siding installed this summer. The installation was super professional and Thomas, Chad and Joe seemed to enjoy the work and were more than happy to explain the processes of the project. Lindus wants to get it right the first time and uses best quality materials along with the extra brace, the extra screw and extra nice finishing touches. Lindus might be a little more expensive than some contractors but I believe we got what we paid for. I plan to use them in future projects."

Charles H.
Apple Valley, MN
July 10, 2020

"Our experience was GREAT! I couldn’t imagine anything different!  We are extremely happy and satisfied with every stitch of work completed here.  The customer service and workers deserve the highest of ratings! Absolutely! Thank you greatly!"

Janys K.
Bloomington, MN
May 29, 2020

"We are very pleased with the new siding of our home. It turned out as good as we could have hoped for and the workers at our home were very nice and willing to answer any questions we had. Would definitely work with again."

Caleb B.
Oakdale, MN
April 17, 2020
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