Are you sick of painting your old wood siding every few years? Is your existing siding warped or in disrepair? You may need new siding for your home. And with winter right around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to tackle this project. Quality siding, when installed correctly, can handle winds of up to 110 mph, which is good to know given that we live in New England.

flying debris and age can also affect
your home’s exterior siding, so if you think you will need new siding repair or
installation before winter comes, don’t hesitate to reach out to Hi-Tech, while
making sure not to make these common siding mistakes.

Mistake #1: Poor
Waterproofing Barrier

It’s a
fact that siding that hasn’t been installed with a sufficient waterproofing
barrier will fail at some point, allowing water to get inside and lead to leaks
in your home. You’re spending a lot of money on your new siding. The waterproof
barrier must be of high quality as well, or the siding quality really doesn’t

Make a
point to ask your siding professional what kind of waterproofing barrier they
use in their siding. Do your research to ensure it’s a quality brand with a
solid reputation. Ask the technician about their best practices when it comes
to the installation of such barriers.

Mistake #2:
Insufficient Insulation Between Siding and Home

When there
is little to no insulation between your siding and the home, you can experience
a rise in energy bills, lack of consistent comfort in your home through the
seasons, and increased noise from the outdoors. Proper siding insulation is:

  • More comfortable and energy efficient
  • Quieter
  • Better
    for a long-term return on investment (insulated
    siding has an ROI of about 77 percent)
  • Better for curb appeal (can add up to 20
    percent to your property value)
  • More durable

Mistake #3: Poor
Installation That Voids Manufacturer’s Warranty

This mistake goes hand in hand with trying to install your
own siding. Keep in mind, poor installation will void the manufacturer’s
warranty, meaning you aren’t protected later on if you have problems with the
material or if the siding wasn’t installed in the proper way.

You may think about all the money you could save on labor by
installing your own siding. And in a perfect world, this might make sense. But
it’s not a perfect world. You run the risk of installing it incorrectly,
leading to premature failure and great expense. Or you could get hurt while up
on the ladder. Or it could take months to finish the project, as opposed to a
few days or a week with a professional.

These are all great reasons why it’s just better to hire a
pro. Even then, you have to be diligent in finding a reputable contractor – one
who will follow manufacturer’s warranties to a T. Many manufacturer
warranties don’t cover improperly-fastened siding, for example. Workmanship is

Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding

Ready to book us for your siding job? We are eager to help, and will
provide you with a free estimate to get you started. Contact us today in
Methuen at 888-597-8355.