How to Enhance the Performance of Exterior Siding
Once you choose your home siding, consider the following features to help maintain its appearance and durability. Although they may add to the initial price, they can reduce costs over the life of your siding.
Vinyl Siding Installation
Double-hem nailing area
: For sturdy application, a double-layer mounting hem provides stronger attachment and better resistance to high winds than a single-layer hem.
Extra-long panels: Longer panels create fewer seams for a cleaner appearance.
Foam backing: Some vinyl comes with a backing of rigid foam. This adds insulation, makes the vinyl stiffer, and helps with noise infiltration.
Fibre Cement Siding
For fibre cement, consider using a factory finish. You may have less colour selection and pay a higher price, but a durable factory finish tends to last much longer.
Exterior Wood Siding
Re-staining and re-painting wood as part of regular maintenance can make it last for generations.
Consider ordering it with a factory finish. While this may cost more upfront, it will usually last longer.
Prevent leaks by adding caulking to the butt joints, corner joints and areas around windows and doors
- Prevent ice damming (ice build-up on eaves) in winter by adding insulation to the attic and sealing gaps around pipes and ducts
Tools and Tips for Smooth Home Siding Application
For quicker and easier installation, browse these siding tools to help make your siding project as success.
Siding Removal Tool
: Use this tool to safely remove damaged vinyl siding panels. Also called a zip tool, you can use it to cut away only the damaged portion of the siding and install a patch piece, rather than replace an entire panel.
Fibre Cement Siding Facing Gauge:
Use this tool for fast and accurate installation of fibre cement panels. It can help prevent sagging and ensure a straight, professional look.
Snap Lock Siding Punch:
This tool punches tabs into the cut edge of vinyl siding and aluminum siding panels to lock them into utility trim or finishing trim. It is ideal for use at the top of walls and below windows.
Siding Mounting Blocks:
Use siding blocks to mount exterior light fixtures, water faucets, electrical outlets and more. They provide a neat finish and help to eliminate moisture and air infiltration.
Caulking can be used to repair small cracks and prevent leaks. It is especially useful with fibre cement and wood. Caulking comes in a variety of colours, so you can choose one to match your siding.
Wood Siding Stain:
If staining wood siding, make sure to choose a suitable stain for the type of wood or engineered wood. Clear and semi-transparent stains will highlight the grain and are best with high-quality grades. You can use opaque stains or paint with less costly grades.
Depending on the product type and the weather conditions, you may need to re-stain periodically.
You now have all the information you need to choose new house siding and install it like a pro. Select from our versatile line of siding products to upgrade your home’s appearance