We know siding replacement can create a lot of questions. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, with some insight from our siding experts on the UHQ Construction team.
What does it cost to replace your siding?
This varies based on the material of your home’s siding. Materials can cost anywhere from $5-$20 per foot depending on the type. Additional costs will occur if you are hiring an installer, remodeler, or a handyman. There are a variety of other factors that go into the cost of a siding project: square footage of your home, the shape of your home, the removal of old siding, and more.
How long does siding last?
• Fiber Cement siding can last for decades. Fiber Cement siding is termite resistant, water-resistant, and non-combustible. Fiber cement does not require much if any, maintenance. UHQ Construction recommends and uses James Hardie fiber cement siding for our projects.
• Wood siding offers impressive longevity but requires frequent maintenance. At best wood siding can last decades but only with constant cleaning, inspection, maintenance, and more. The biggest downfall of wood siding is rot. Once your wood siding starts to rot you will have to begin replacing trouble areas or start planning for a full re-side.
• Vinyl siding can last you 20-40 years. Vinyl is also very low maintenance as it is only recommended to wash your siding every couple of years. Vinyl siding does not rot like wood or dent like aluminum. UHQ Construction recommends and uses Mastic vinyl siding for our projects.
• Aluminum siding is rigid and can last for decades, however, the enamel typically fades and washes away after 12-15 years causing you to have to repaint your siding. An additional concern with aluminum siding is that it can become scratched or dented showing visual imperfections.
Is siding a DIY project?
Siding replacement is possible on your own, but there are benefits of using a professional. A siding replacement is a big project and will take much longer to complete when DIY. It is worth weighing the pros and cons of DIY versus hiring a professional for a project like this.You will at minimum need knowledge of this project’s process and special tools to complete your project.
Can I put new siding on top of old siding?
It is not recommended by experts and manufacturers to put vinyl siding over old vinyl or wood siding. For longevity and overall health of your home it is recommended to remove old siding to install new siding. It is best to have a professional from UHQ take a look at your siding for their expert suggestion on the best option for your home.
Do you have to replace house wrap when replacing siding?
It is recommended to replace your house wrap. The process of putting up house wrap can cause holes and tears in the wrap. Replacing your house wrap eliminates the potential of doubling up the holes and tears when installing new siding and ultimately helps protect your home. At UHQ we use the manufacturer’s recommended house wrap on all of our projects to ensure all warranty requirements are maintained.