Residential siding installation work calls for a good bit of preparation, even when there's a contracting firm involved. If you want to make the siding installation process as simple as possible, take care of these four issues before anyone starts work.
Permits and Regulations
Before you even choose a type of siding, it's prudent to make sure your project falls within your locality's rules. Some towns have permit requirements for exterior jobs, although others only require them if they change the structure or footprint of the building. Ask your local code compliance officer what the rules are for siding installation work.
If you live in an area governed by a homeowners' association, there may be additional practical and aesthetic concerns. Many HOAs have limits on the sorts of materials, colors, and styles of siding. Contact your HOA officials and present them with your plans. Iron these issues out early so you can avoid work stoppages or having to take the siding down.
Space for Equipment and Supplies
When the contractors come to your location, they'll need some space to stage their supplies and equipment. Talk with someone from the company before you choose a spot. Where possible, try to select a location that's accessible by truck so they can get supplies in and out quickly. Similarly, try to avoid creating chaos for your family and neighbors by avoiding highly trafficked streets.
If you're dealing with a large house, expect the job to take several days. Plan the workspace accordingly.
Work-Proofing the House
People are going to be pulling materials off the walls of your house and then pounding nails in place to fasten the siding. All that banging will send vibrations through the walls into the inside of the home. Move anything precious or fragile off those walls more than a day before the contractors arrive. This includes picture frames, mirrors, glassware, and anything else you don't want to see fall. Check the shelves and other standing or mounted fixtures for stability, and move them away from the wall if they seem at all wobbly.
Turn Off Electricity to the Affected Area
Finally, you'll need to locate the electrical breakers for any exterior power sources. If you're not comfortable doing this work, you can pay an electrician to help you identify the breakers and switch them. Doing this reduces the risk a stray tool or piece of siding will strike something electrified and hurt a worker.
For more information, contact a residential siding installation company.