The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
If you are about to do a little home remodeling that includes ripping off and removing a chunk of your home, then you might want to know what to do with the bare-faced wall left behind. For example, if you are removing a covered/screened porch because it is rickety and unsightly, you still have to protect the exterior wall that you leave behind. Here is what you need to know about this specific process and how vinyl siding is involved.
Doing a little demolition on an old addition to your house counts as "structure removal." It does not matter if it is a covered porch or an entire wing of the house. You are still removing a large structural chunk, and the hole or flat wall it leaves behind needs to be filled in and/or covered.
The Naked Wall
Now that you have pulled away the wing, covered porch, or screened-in porch, you have the wall that makes up the front, back or side wall of your home. This wall, like all the others that face out into the outdoor elements, now needs protection. It absolutely has to be covered with siding since there was no siding on it when it was just the rear wall of the porch. You cannot leave it naked, or you will find that the rain, snow, sleet and ice (if applicable) will cause serious water damage to your home. Additionally, if you remove a wing of the house, you will leave the house open and exposed, which means you first have to reconstruct a wall, then cover it with siding on the outside.
Hire a Demolition Contractor, a Residential Construction Contractor and a Siding Contractor
For this type of home remodeling project, you may have to hire more than one type of contractor. You will need a demolition contractor to remove the chunk of your house you do not want. Then you will need a construction contractor if the previous structural removal leaves a hole in the side or back of your house. Finally, you will need a siding contractor, such as Allstate Gutter & Siding, to seal up and insulate the area before installing new siding on that area of your house.
If you choose to add on something else to your house in lieu of just sealing the wall off, you may also need a concrete contractor for a concrete slab to support the new structure. The construction contractor will build on the slab. The siding contractor will add the finishing touches to the siding as before, and then your home project is complete.