Siding Installation Basics

Replacing old siding or adding siding to your home’s exterior can be a great way to improve its lifespan, enhance its curb appeal and increase its resale value. The right siding installation can also help increase your home’s ability retain heat and repel the effects of the elements, keeping it warm in winter, but cool in summer. When you know and understand what is involved with installing siding, especially if you are thinking of installing the siding yourself, it will help you decide to choose what’s best for you and your home.

Free Estimate

Even if you are an accomplished home renovator or do-it-yourselfer, when it come to siding installation, it might save you time and money in the long run to hire a professional. Most professional siding companies offer a free estimate or consultation, which typically includes showing you siding material options (vinyl siding, aluminum siding, fiber concrete siding, etc.); siding styles (horizontal siding, vertical siding, siding sheets, shingles); and available colours. A free estimate should also include the benefits of each siding material option as it relates to your home’s specific requirements.

A siding installation estimate should also include discussions about sheathing – generally comprised of plywood and building paper that acts as a barrier between the walls of your home and the siding. If you are replacing old siding, it often does not need replacing unless it has been damaged. During the visit to your home, the siding professional will also take measurements, and then give you a written estimate of what the installation will cost. To give you an idea of what types of siding materials are available and the best price for installing siding, it is advisable to get at least three estimates.

Installing Siding

Once everything has been discussed, a date and time will be decided upon. By then, the siding installation contractor should have dealt with any permissions and permits associated with the siding installation. Many contractors have the siding materials delivered before installation day. A good siding installation professional will prep the outside of your home to protect any architectural features and landscaping that might be affected by the installation process. Most siding contractors remove old siding and will recycle materials wherever possible. You will also want to ensure that the siding company you hire implements safe work practices and has the appropriate liability insurance certification. MHC Gutters are happy to provide you with a copy on request.


When the siding installation had been completed, most siding installation contractors, including MHC Gutters, arrange a time for a final inspection to confirm that the work meets your requirements and expectation. The siding professional will also take the time to answer any questions you may have or to resolve any outstanding concerns.