So you’ve decided to install new siding for your exterior. That’s a good upgrade not just in terms of the beauty it brings, but also in terms of the protection and energy efficiency it offers to your family. Before you begin the project, however, it’s best to get an idea of how much material you will need, to be able to estimate the potential cost. This information will help you budget the upgrade and provide a knowledgeable basis from which to negotiate the price with a contractor.
Kroll Construction, one of the leading siding and roofing companies in the region, explains everything you need to know.
How to Calculate Siding Coverage
Your choice of material and the square footage of your windows and doors are among the top factors that affect how much siding you have to install. Multiply the length and height of your exterior wall to learn the square feet you need. Of course, it’s best to turn to professional siding contractors for an accurate estimate, especially if you’re installing shingle siding. Calculations for shingles, lapboards panels and lap siding can be complicated.
Top Factors to Consider
Be sure to consider the following:
Profile – It primarily determines the layout of your siding. When attached together, panels are easier to calculate but they can look flat. On the other hand, siding with overlapping profiles like clapboards and lap siding require a more specific layout.
Trim – As with roofing, siding trims protect your panels from moisture infiltration. There must be space between the trim and the siding planks, which has to be caulked, in order to enjoy full, protected coverage.
Contractor – Hiring an experienced installer ensures proper workmanship, which is important for a longer-lasting exterior. Ask family, friends and neighbors for referrals and read reviews about them to help you decide which company to choose.
For the best home siding and roofing contractors in the region, trust Kroll Construction. We offer high-quality siding, roofing, windows and other components to help you enjoy a beautiful and comfortable home. To get started, call us at (888) 338-6340 or complete our contact form. We serve homeowners in different Michigan communities.