How to Measure for Siding Installation
Vinyl siding is an excellent option if you are hoping to protect your New England home against the elements while also improving its curb appeal. However, you may want to measure the area that needs to be covered to determine how much you will need to spend on your siding installation project so you can choose a product that fits both your needs and budget. You will have several options to consider, including insulated or non-insulated composite or vinyl siding.
Measuring Siding for a House
Most siding is sold in 100-square-foot increments, so you will need to determine the square footage (width x height) of the outside areas of your home that need to be covered and divide by 100 to determine how many squares of siding you will need. When determining the square footage of an outside wall, you will need to figure the square footage of any doors or windows and subtract from the total.
Types of Vinyl Siding Trim Pieces Needed
Your siding installation project will also require various types of trim, which serves an aesthetic role but is also important for keeping water from getting under your siding. J channel, which is used to cover the exposed edges on vinyl siding, is the most common type of trim. It is often used around windows and doors and where siding meets a soffit or roof at an angle. Other types of trim that will be needed include starter strips for the bottoms of the walls, utility trim for the tops of walls and undersides of windowsills, and corner trim to cover the outer siding edge on an outside corner.
Other Common Siding Materials Needed
Other materials will be needed for your project, including wrap or insulation to go under the siding and galvanized nails to affix the siding to your home. It is estimated that you will need two-thirds of a pound of nails for every siding square.
Once you’ve calculated all of your vinyl siding, trim, and other material needs, you should be able to create a ballpark estimate of what your siding installation project will cost so you can choose the product that will best fit your budget.
NEWPRO’s Professional Siding Installers
If you would prefer to let an acclaimed siding installation company handle your project, NEWPRO sells and installs vinyl and composite insulated siding that is manufactured to stand up to the harsh New England climate. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and we’ll provide a free quote so you don’t have to spend hours measuring your home’s exterior.