How Much Siding Do You Really Need?

Outfitting your home with new siding is an exciting endeavour! It can give your home a whole new look, and with so many styles, colours and materials to choose from, you can create the aesthetic you’ve always dreamed of. Siding protects your home from the elements, provides insulation and comfort, and adds to the curb appeal of your home. Gentek carries an array of siding options that are low-maintenance, long-lasting and extremely durable! The siding you choose will depend on the area you live in and your home style, but when it comes to calculating how much siding you need for your home, there are some steadfast rules.

Prep: To calculate how much siding you’ll need for your house, you’ll have to take measurements of your home, and you’ll need the right prep materials. Make sure to have a pencil, paper, measuring tape and ladder.

Step 1: Draw out a rough sketch of your house. This allows you to track your measurements as you go.

Step 2: Measure the height of your house (from ground to top) and length of your house (from side to side) in feet. Write the dimensions on your sketch. Start with one side of the house first, then move on to the others.

Step 3: Measure each rectangular wall of your house, one at a time. Do not deduct for windows and doors, unless it’s a wall with a large opening such as a garage door. The excess will provide an allowance factor for waste.

Step 4: Measure all gable walls (the triangular portion of a wall). Include base length and height (the distance from base to peak).

Step 5: Find the area of the rectangular walls. Length x Width = Area of the wall.

Step 6: Find the area of the gable(s). Length x Width divided by 2 = Area of the gable.

Step 7: Add the gable and rectangular wall areas to find the total area of the walls.

Step 8: Add 10% to make up for wasted siding. It’s better to have more siding than not enough!

Step 9: Take measurements for starter strip (measure the entire base of your house), the trim (the distance around all windows and doors), and j-channel (measure the top of each window and door).

Step 10: Measure the height of inward and outward corners, and don’t forget design features such as bumped out windows.

Step 11: Calculate the pricing for your project. The price of your siding will depend on material, style, thickness, colour and whether it’s insulated. You’ll also need to consider other factors in your siding project such as soffit and fascia, tools, cost of removing your current siding, and cost of installation. Contact your local Gentek retailer for pricing!

If you’re undertaking a siding project for your home, do these calculations so you know how much siding you really need!


5 Signs You Need New Siding for Your Home

Siding is one of the most important features of your home. Not only in terms of aesthetics, but it protects your home from the elements and ensures you and your family are kept safe. Replacing your siding isn’t always at the top of mind for homeowners, but you need to know what to look for to keep your home protected.

Siding does get worn out. It cracks, it rots, it fades, and if you’re not careful, it may start to leak. Once leakage starts, the damage may already be done and it could be too late to prevent other major repairs.

But don’t fret! With Gentek’s amazing selection of siding options, you can replace your current siding with beautiful durable siding that will last you for years to come.

Here are 5 telltale signs you need new siding for your home.

1. Your Siding is Rotting

Take a close look at your siding to see if there’s any rot. Once your siding begins to rot and even crumble, it can no longer protect your home like it’s supposed to. If it’s situated in one spot, you may be able to mend the area, but if it covers a large part of your exterior, it’s time for new siding. Vinyl siding is known for its long-lasting durability, and if you want something with extra strength, check out Sequoia Select siding for enduring protection for your home.

2. Too Much Maintenance

If it has gotten to the point where you can’t keep up with the maintenance for your siding, it’s time to replace it. If it’s taking too much time and energy to maintain it, it’s time to look for low-maintenance siding you don’t have to worry too much about. There are plenty of low-maintenance siding options to consider, from Grayne siding to Concord siding. Vinyl siding is known for its low-maintenance since it doesn’t have to be painted; just hosed down from time to time.

3. High Heating/Cooling Bills

If you’ve noticed your heating/cooling bills have gone up substantially, it’s time to take a look at your siding. If your walls and windows are feeling drafty and you’ve ruled out a leaking roof or lack of attic insulation, you could need new siding. This will create more comfort in your home and save you money on your bills. Gentek’s insulated Sequoia Select EnFusion siding is crafted with energy efficiency and protection, and is fortified with expanded polystyrene rigid foam insulation.

4. Cracks and Holes

Cracks and holes in your siding are never a good sign. If it’s only in one or two pieces of siding, it may be possible to replace them, but if a substantial section of your siding has cracks or is loose, it should be removed and replaced. Without replacing it, water could seep in and lead to major problems down the line. 

5. Warping, Bulging or Bubbles

Notice warping, bulging or bubbles in your siding? These three things could mean big trouble. They’re likely an indication of serious damage beneath the siding, such as water that has been trapped. Get an expert in immediately to take a look.

If you’ve noticed any of these problems with your home, it’s time to replace your siding! Now the question is, which one will you choose?