Many homeowners try DIY siding installation as a way to cut costs initially. If you have experience with siding installation in the past and have all the adequate materials, tools and resources, then this may be an option. However, for the average homeowner, DIY siding installation often causes far more headache and disappointment than it is worth.
Why You Should Avoid A DIY Siding Installation
A DIY siding installation is rarely a smooth and easy process. Often, it can cause more frustration and cost far more than the homeowner initially anticipates. The following are eight reasons you should avoid a DIY siding installation and consider hiring a professional to handle the task for you.
The installation process for exterior residential siding is somewhat of a challenge, and what may seem like a simple job often becomes overwhelming for many homeowners. This often leads to improper installation, which can create a range of concerns long-term.
For example, siding installation that is not installed properly could lead to water damage if and when a strong storm comes through. This can lead to the need for costly repairs to restore the home after water damage occurs.
Less Desirable Curb Appeal
The difference in DIY siding installation and professional installation is not all that subtle. In many instances, there is a notable difference in the way the siding looks when a professional installs the siding rather than the homeowner.
This can improve the home’s overall curb appeal, making it more attractive to neighbors and guests. When it comes time to sell your home, then the added curb appeal may make it easier.
Paying More For Costly Mistakes
The initial cost of DIY siding installation may be more affordable than professional installation, but it may become more costly long-term if mistakes are made during the installation process.
This is particularly true if the siding material is not properly installed and increases the risk of early damage. This is, of course, in addition to the cost of all the equipment and tools that are necessary to complete the job (see below).
The Need To Learn And Buy Equipment And Tools
You may save money initially with a DIY siding installation, but it may cost far more than you anticipate. This is because the equipment and tools that are often required to remove old siding and install new siding are not affordable. Several types of equipment that you may need during the installation process include:
- Safety equipment
- Power drill
- Power saw
This is in addition to the smaller and more affordable tools you will need, such as a hammer, level, measuring square, and more.
Potentially Higher Energy Costs
If the exterior siding is not properly installed, then it may lead to drafts near windows and doors, or damaged siding that goes unnoticed. This can significantly increase the monthly energy costs each month.
On the other hand, new siding that is installed properly by a professional can offer energy cost benefits in many cases.
Less Likely To Notice Potential Siding Concerns
One of the benefits of hiring a professional for siding installation is that they check the exterior of the home for any potential concerns that need addressing. Often, these concerns go unnoticed during a DIY siding installation as concerns can often be subtle and hard to notice. If left undetected and unresolved, issues such as mold can lead to far more severe concerns in the future.
Excessive Time Consumption And Frustration
Many homeowners assume they can complete the installation project over a weekend. While it may not take professional siding contractors much time at all to install new siding, it can take much longer when attempting it yourself.
Setbacks with the project can add even more frustration and time to the project. Of course, DIY siding installation is also done during the homeowner’s free time, which can make excessive time consumption all the more frustrating.
The Risk Of Personal Injury
While safety equipment and using the proper equipment can help reduce the risk of injury during DIY siding installation, it is still a concern. Anytime working at high heights is involved, regardless if you have the necessary scaffolding and ladders to make it safer, injury is a risk. Subsequently, it is encouraged to hire a professional to install new siding.
Contact The Siding Pros At Adelphia Exteriors
If you are in need of siding installation to either replace your existing siding or install siding on a newly constructed property, then our siding contractors at Adelphia Exteriors are here to help. We take pride in assisting our clients throughout the installation process, ensuring all of their questions and concerns are adequately addressed along the way. Reach out to us online today to get the process started.