Vinyl Siding Installation: How to Make the Most of It

Installing new vinyl siding on your home can be a significant investment of your time and money. So it only makes sense that you consider taking the opportunity to accomplish other exterior home improvements at the same time.

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Vinyl Siding Installation: Tasks to Tackle Simultaneously

What exactly are those other home improvements? Here's a handful:

  • Caulk and seal around your home's windows. Repairing or replacing the seals around your windows before the new siding is installed can improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency. Use a high-quality, exterior-grade caulking and some flexible flashing tape for a tight seal.
  • Repair obvious damage to your home's exterior. Once your new vinyl siding is installed, you will mostly likely forget about what is underneath it. So repair any damaged sheathing or, if you are leaving the old siding in place, seal any cracks in it.
  • Relocate and hide your home's cable or phone wires. Instead of just stapling the wires to the outside of your home, discreetly hide them under the new vinyl siding. It looks better.
  • Add needed insulation or house wrap to your home's exterior. You can improve your home's energy efficiency by hanging rigid insulation under your new siding, or you can mechanically blow loose-fill insulation into your home's wall cavity.
  • Consider adding some appealing architectural features to upgrade your home's appearance. Vinyl shutters and detailed window trims can provide some pizazz to an otherwise bland-looking house.

Improving the appearance and performance of your house in conjunction with your new vinyl siding installation can save you money over the long haul and may increase the value of your home. Plus, if you can complete all of your home's needed exterior improvements at one time, then you won't need to spend any time or money on doing the work later on.

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