Replacing Old, Dented Aluminum Siding with New Clean, Maintenance Free Vinyl Siding
Algonquin Vinyl Siding Install– Before
This home was in a hail storm area in Algonquin Illinois. We were doing a roof installation in the areaand happened upon this house that had aluminum siding that had been dented and damaged by hail stones.
After a thorough inspection we discovered that multiple sides of the siding had been damaged, so we recommended to the homeowner that they should file a claim with their insurance company. They did and an insurance adjuster came out and approved new siding for the home. The homeowner had no out of pocket expense exept for their deductible.
As you can see from the before photos, the siding was in pretty bad shape. But considering it had shielded the home from weather for about 50 years, it had obviously lived a full and rewarding life.
Vinyl Siding Algonquin Illinois – After
In this installation, we removed the aluminum siding and the press board backer behind the siding, hauled it away and disposed of it. We then Inspected the wall substrate for any rotted areas or deterioration (in this case there was none). If we would have found sections that needed to be repaired this would have been done before we began installing the new material on the wall.
Once the house was completely stripped of the old aluminum siding and inspected thoroughly, we installed Tyvek house wrap on the entire area to be sided as a vapor barrier. You can read more about Tyvek house wrap on their website. In a nutshell, a vapor barrier prevents excess outside water from getting into the wall while allowing moisture to pass through from the inside so your wall can breath so to speak. Extra moisture in your wall cavities can lead to mold and mildew issues down the road. Some companies try to cheap it out with off brand wall wrap products. We do no recommend doing this. Using a named brand, time tested, quality product like Tyvek is well worth the extra expense to protect your home.
After the house wrap was in place, we installed a thin layer of fan fold insulation to the wall. Insulation is not absolutely necessary. In this case because the existing aluminum siding had a press board backer, the insurance company paid for a layer of insulation to be installed.
The benefits of insulation under vinyl siding is two fold. For one it adds R-value to the wall. A thin layer can add a R-1 or R-1.5 to a wall which may not seem like much, but considering most 2X4 constructed walls will have an insulation value of r-13, this little bit adds 8-12% of insulation value to the wall.
Secondly, installing insulation to the wall makes a rough wall more even and smoother for new vinyl siding to be installed. Vinyl siding itself will follow the shape of a wall. If the wall has waves or bumbs, so will the vinyl siding. Insulation doesn’t work miracles but it will smooth out rough and uneven areas of a wall making for a better looking siding installation.
And finally on top of the fan fold insulation we installed high quality vinyl siding from Mastic. Mastic vinyl siding is the largest manufacturers of vinyl siding in North America and we have found has the best warranty and the best products available.
This house was completely tranformed with the installation of new vinyl siding. Replacing the old, white and dented aluminum siding and replacing it with new, fresh, modern colored siding made all the difference. This homeowner went from having the ugly duckling home of the neighborhood to having the beautiful swan home that is making all of their neighbors green with envy.
What are you waiting for? Clean up the look of your home, improve your property value, and significantly increase curb appeal with new vinyl siding from Innovative Home Concepts. Give us a call for a Free Siding Design Consultation and make your home look new again…
** Update ** See this house after we install new fascia, soffit and Gutters!