Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
When it comes to siding, one of the most popular questions people ask is whether or not they can install siding over their brick home. The truth is, it is possible to do so but not necessarily without professional help and a high budget. Installing siding over brick takes a few extra steps that rack up the pricing of the project rather quickly, but it is still possible! Below is all the information homeowners need regarding how the installation process works as well as the pros and cons of installing siding over brick. Of course, just because they have this information doesn’t mean they should try to do it themselves! This type of siding installation takes years of expertise and practice to master and should only be done with the help of a licensed and insured professional.
Here’s How Siding Gets Installed Over Brick
Installing siding over brick is hard, but it isn’t impossible. First, the homeowner must know that vinyl siding specifically has a harder time attaching to brick because it needs a smooth surface to adhere to. Therefore the homeowner must apply a layer of sheathing to the studs and all over the brick to ensure the vinyl has something to stick to.
Homeowners will also need furring strips. The sheathing will attach to the vertical furring strips.
Waterproofing is also necessary because vinyl isn’t completely airtight. Flashing and caulk work wonders in waterproofing specific areas of the home that are prone to leaking. Any area with a sharp/perpendicular angle will need to be waterproofed.
The Pros and Cons of Doing This
As one can imagine, there are numerous pros and cons to consider before making the leap and deciding to change a brick home to a siding home. For starters, professionals might tell you it is better to go ahead and remove the brick before installation because when it isn’t removed it is at risk of rippling and bowing.
If homeowners don’t have that kind of a budget, then they will have to weigh their options. Different types of siding will work better over brick than other types but it all requires a few extra steps no matter what.
A few pros of installing siding over brick are:
- Cement siding over brick is one of the most durable materials and works well with brick
- Can increase the property value and curbside appeal of the home
- May reduce energy costs
- Low maintenance
Some of the cons include:
- Potential water damage
- Potential energy loss
- Takes a while to install
Never Install Siding Without Professional Help
Anything done to the outside of the home should never be attempted without first hiring a professional. The professional is not only trained and experienced in the field but will also be insured. This is a major plus as it ensures you won’t get hurt on the job and if anyone does get hurt, all medical bills are covered by the company the homeowner hired. Some companies don’t necessarily cover the homeowner’s injury but it depends on the circumstance.
Regardless, homeowners should trust a professional’s opinion on which choice of siding is best for them as well as allowing the professionals to get the job done efficiently without any worries!
Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. Can Help
No matter the exterior project, the expert at Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. are there to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Woodinville homeowners trust their years of expertise and amazing customer service to get the job done efficiently. Their helpful techs are ready to work! Call today to get on the books.