Many homeowners avoid replacing their siding because it is a challenging project. But, before you know it, the preparation will begin! There are so many things to think about and balance in deciding whether to do this work yourself or as part of a phased replacement plan. Choosing whether going all at once would be better than doing things step by step will be your first task.
What happens when you replace all siding at once:
When you replace all the siding on your house at once, you avoid making multiple trips to get supplies and tools. You also save money by not paying for rental equipment or buying more than one piece of material at a time.
This method may seem like an ideal solution, but it comes with some drawbacks. One significant disadvantage is that because all the work is done simultaneously, you won’t have a chance to fix any issues that may come up. For example, if one corner of your house has more damage than other areas and gets resolved first, it can make those problem pieces harder to find as they blend in with previously repaired sections.
What happens when siding replacement is split into sections:
If you split siding replacement into sections, it will allow for better quality control. You can take the time to address any problems before moving on, and your finished product won’t have as many noticeable flaws. This method is also excellent if you need access to certain parts of the house but don’t want to remove all the old material at once.
Another benefit to splitting siding replacement into sections is that it allows you to tackle the job over some time instead of all at once. If you have an extremely tight schedule, this can be very helpful! This method does come with some downsides as well, though: by completing sections at different times, parts of your house will wear down faster. This can create a lot of extra work overtime as you will need to repair more often than if the siding was replaced all at once.
How should I decide on which method is best?
As with most things, it’s usually better to split large projects up into sections so that your finished product looks good and there are fewer problems. However, this may not be the best option with siding replacement because you need to protect your house from rain and inclement weather while it’s being repaired.
If you can avoid working in extreme conditions or if there is a way for you to cover the area that needs work until it dries out, splitting up your project is probably your best bet. If you work in the middle of summer, for example, replacing siding all at once may be necessary, or else it won’t get done until winter when there is no rain!
The one thing that can help make this choice more manageable is to talk to a professional contractor so they can tell you what needs to happen for your specific siding replacement project. They can also help you figure out how to do it in sections if that is the most efficient method for your situation!