Siding Replacement

Siding in Seattle has the tough job of putting up with a lot of wet weather.

The average rainfall we get in here is 200 inches making our homes susceptible to different types of challenges when it comes to protecting our biggest investment.

Cedar siding tends to dry out cup and crack and splinter also paint will build up over the years a can be cracking and chipping off.

The other common problem that requires siding replacement is if you have failing LP, Weyerhaeuser, Masonite, or T1-11 siding you will find it difficult to sell your home.

The things you need to consider are the following:

1. Roof system. Your roof needs to work in harmony with your siding. Have you roof inspected by the siding contractor that is doing your bid and have them check the flashings roof to wall connections as these joints typical are the points that need to be water tight.

2. Gutter system. Once your roof checks out you need make sure the gutters are clean and the water can drain freely. Pay special attention to the corners on your gutters or where the gutters are fed off a roof valley because his is where major water will flow during a downpour. Ensure all the downspouts are connected and they drain the water away from the house into a storm sewer or far enough away from the house to prevent water from entering your foundation.

3. The siding when we replace siding we think of it as a 4-part system.

3.1 – The Framing this 2×4 or 2×6 wood frame of your house. The framing holds the wiring, insulation, windows and doors and siding in place. This structure need to be protected from the wet weather or else you will get rot rendering your home structurally unsound.

3.2 – The sheathing, which is plywood, attached to the framing this is very important because it gives shear strength to your frame.

3.3 – The building wrap, which is a cover of either asphalt paper or synthetic paper. This material acts like a skin stopping water and air from moving through the walls of your home.

3.4 – The siding and trim, these are the elements you see. The siding is a hard barrier against the elements of rain snow wind and the sun .We usually use cedar, Vinyl, or Fiber cement such as Hardiplank. In the Seattle area .The most common siding materials used for siding replacement used in the market today in our area is Hardiplank.

When you consider siding replacement think about all the elements that lead to protecting your home. Think about how the weather is going to hit your house. This will allow you to use addition barriers like 2 layers of paper to protect the home rather than 1.

Ask your contractor about all the parts and what they will be replacing and how the will be replacing these items. The flashing, paper and the way the siding butt joints are installed are very important.

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