Siding Your Home: DIY or Pick a Professional?

DIY or Bust

The siding on your home is one of the first things people notice when they pull-up outside. In fact, it’s probably what sets your house apart from all the others in your neighborhood, especially if you’ve chosen a bright or bold color. From time to time, every home needs to be re-sided. Standard vinyl siding normally has a lifespan of about 25 years but can require replacement sooner if it becomes damaged or if you live in a coastal region of the Carolinas where saltwater is a factor.

If the time has come to install new siding on your house, you are probably trying to figure out whether you should hire a professional to do the job or handle it yourself. DIY projects are great in many cases, but siding is one area where expert installation is usually the best choice. You’ll learn more about why this is true as you continue reading this guide.

Siding is not a project for amateurs.

Even if you have quite a bit of experience as a do-it-yourselfer, you may have never handled anything as major as siding installation before. If this is your situation, you absolutely shouldn’t side your house on your own. The fact of the matter is that improperly installed siding can lead to a host of problems, including mold issues inside your home, major leaks, and even fires if water comes into contact with electrical wires. An expert will know how to put your siding on correctly, avoiding these issues altogether.

Make sure you choose a reputable contractor.

Choosing an unreliable or untrustworthy contractor is likely to have a similar result to doing your siding job yourself. He or she may not install the siding boards correctly, causing a variety of issues down the road. Thus, if you’ve decided to have a professional tackle your upcoming project, it is imperative for you to make sure you pick a reputable individual or company.

In addition to doing the job right, you can trust a well-reputed contractor to have the proper licenses and insurance policies to make sure everyone is covered if an accident occurs. If you work with someone who has a dubious background, you could find yourself paying for damages in the event that something goes wrong.

Stay abreast of your contractor’s progress.

One way to avoid any misgivings about what your contractor is actually doing to your house is to communicate with him or her on a regular basis. If you don’t ask questions, he or she may not know exactly what you need to know. Perhaps, for example, you have questions about how well your new siding will insulate your house. Ask! Or, maybe you’d like to know how much longer the installation process is going to take. Ask! The more you talk to your contractor, the better off you will be.

The team at Hatch Homes takes great pride in keeping our clients updated about their projects and answering all of their questions as they arise. We enjoy building great relationships with families throughout the Carolinas and Virginia; making houses into dream homes is our passion, and we can’t wait to meet you soon!

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