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Charlotte Siding: Article About Installing Vinyl Siding Over Existing Siding

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Vinyl siding is the most popular roofing choice for a variety of reasons. It's affordable, requires little maintenance and comes in a wide variety of colors. If you want to replace the current siding, though, you might be curious about whether a Charlotte siding company will be able to lay the new vinyl on top of the older material. Keeping the old siding could save on labor costs, but it's important to consider all of the factors before choosing to do so.

The most important thing to consider is whether the current siding is in good condition. If there's rot in the wood sheathing or mold growing on the siding, covering it up is just going to cause big problems in the future. All of these problems should be addressed before adding the new siding. Sometimes, the old siding looks good on the outside but is masking problems underneath. In many cases, it makes more sense to rip off the old siding and start fresh.

Vinyl siding needs to be installed over a flat surface that's covered by a waterproof barrier.

A siding contractor from Southern Home Services of Charlotte NC can answer your questions about vinyl siding or roofing.

That's relatively easy to do when you're adding the new siding to a brick home, but if you have wood or aluminum siding, the company will have to add material to flatten it out. That might be almost as much work as taking it off.

It's also smart to take a look at the rules before you install vinyl over another type of siding. For instance, in some areas, laws may prevent you from doing this. Other times, the warranty that comes with the new siding has rules about installation procedures that might prohibit installing it over certain materials. Putting your new siding over the old may cut a few corners, but it may come at a price.

Remember that any time there's a problem with the home's exterior, a contractor will have to remove all the layers to fix the problem. If there is more than one layer of siding on your home, the process will take longer. It also makes it more difficult to identify the source of the problem.

Don't take unnecessary risks when it comes to protecting your home. Unless your current home is made of brick, the smart move is to remove any siding before you install vinyl. This allows the contractor to look for problems with your home, replace any worn-out materials and install the new siding properly.

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