When does siding need to be replaced?

Vinyl siding is a popular, affordable way to protect your home.

How long does vinyl siding last on a house?

Vinyl siding is a popular choice when homeowners side their homes. It provides an affordable way to protect your home from the weather and UV rays. It also raises your home’s value and is low maintenance.

Besides low maintenance, vinyl siding appeals to homeowners because manufacturers design it to last a long time. Depending on thickness, the range on warranties for vinyl siding are between 20 to 40 years. It’s designed to resist heat, cold, moisture and high winds up to 110 mph.

Of course, like any building material, vinyl siding isn’t invulnerable to damage and might need to be repaired or replaced.

Reasons to replace your vinyl siding:

  • Wind damage: While siding is built to withstand wind, high winds can get under seams and pull panels off
  • Contraction and expansion causes brittleness: Temperature changes causes vinyl siding to contract and expand, over time making it brittle. Brittle siding can buckle and warp.
  • Damage from debris or flying objects: Even something as small as a stone thrown from a lawnmower could damage your siding and requiring panels to be replaced.
  • Home remodels: With any sort of remodel you might want to replace your vinyl siding.
Siding a new house usually takes about two weeks.

How long does it take to side a new house?

You may be considering siding for a house and wondering how long it might take to install it. As with any sort of project, the time it takes to install siding depends on the size of your home. For the typical two-story home, it usually takes about two weeks. The time may vary depending on the quality of the job the contractor performs.

For quality siding installation in Rockwall and Dallas, TX, rely on the professionals at Heaven Sent Exterior Solutions. Want to learn more about what we can do to protect your home with siding? Call us today at 469-264-5176. Siding and roofing are just some of the services we offer.

Tools needed

Vinyl siding is relatively easy to install and just requires a few siding tools to do so. Most like hammers, levels and tape measures are pretty common. But, if you are installing siding yourself, you’ll want to have squares to measure angles and chalk lines to mark straight lines. A fine-tooth handsaw is used to cut the vinyl to reduce the possibility of tearing or splintering. A power saw with a fine-tooth blade can also be used.

In an addition you’ll want a utility knife or scoring tool, an electric drill with a 5/16 drill bit, tin snips, a snap lock punch, nail hole slot punch, unlocking tool, fasteners and staples. Also, with any project, don’t forget the safety glasses.

Does insulation under siding help?

If the vinyl siding fits loosely over the sheaves of a house, it may let air flow under it. When installing siding, you may want to add insulation underneath it for added protection against air flow into your home. Insulation helps keep a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, making the home more energy efficient and save on energy bills.

It’s easier to add insulation to your walls when putting up siding. When you do so, you don’t have to tear out the drywall on the inside of your home to install the insulation.

Contoured insulation will also help support your siding.

Do I need house wrap behind vinyl siding?

While vinyl siding acts as the main defense against moisture and air leaks. House wrap provides an additional barrier against weather. It keeps rain away from the wall assembly, while letting water pass to the outside. Any moisture build up can cause mold and rot. When working in tandem with siding, house wrap is just added protection for your home.

Preferably, you should install the house wrap when you install the siding. Otherwise, you will have to re-side the house if the wrap is added later.

Does vinyl siding insulate a house?

When it comes to keeping a home warm in winter and cool in the summer, vinyl siding is somewhat effective insulating a house. It’s usually fastened loosely to your home, so can be a source of airflow. You increase your chances of better energy efficiency by installing insulated vinyl siding. This siding is backed with a layer of insulation.

Weather like hail can cause damage to siding.

Siding issues

Weathering and aging, as well as improper installation, can cause problems with your siding. Vinyl siding, for instance, is usually fastened loosely to your home, which allows it to expand and contract with the temperature. If fastened too tightly, warping or buckling can occur. It can also become brittle with age.

Improper installation can also cause noises like creaking and popping. This is especially true if the siding isn’t expanding and contracting properly and usually happens if it is fastened too tightly.

Siding also fades when exposed for long periods in direct sunlight. In areas that are shaded, the color made fade less over time. Uneven discoloration can result.

Additionally, impacts from debris can cause siding to crack. Exposure to direct sunlight for long periods can cause vinyl siding to crack.

If a house wrap isn’t installed before the siding is put on, moisture can build up underneath and cause mold and rot.

Need siding installed or replaced?

Thinking about installing vinyl siding for your home? If you need siding installed or replaced in Rockwall and Dallas, TX and surrounding areas, look to the professionals at Heaven Sent Exterior Solutions. Learn more by calling 469-264-5176.