How to Install Siding on a House

How to Install Siding on a House - GMJ Construction

Siding is a robust and durable type of exterior wall covering. It can last for many years if it’s properly installed. In this article, we’ll go over how to install siding on a house with the help of some tips and tricks that will make the process go smoothly and quickly.

Preparing the house for siding

Preparing a house for siding installation is an important step to ensure that the process goes smoothly and the final result is satisfactory. Here are the steps you can follow to prepare your house for siding installation in California:

  1. Inspect the existing siding: Before starting the installation process, it is important to inspect the existing siding. Look for any signs of damage or rot that may need to be addressed before installing the new siding.
  2. Remove any existing siding: If the existing siding is damaged, rotting, or unsuitable for the new siding, it will need to be removed. This can be a time-consuming process and may require professional help.
  3. Repair any damaged areas: Once the old siding has been removed, it is important to repair any damaged areas of the house. This can include replacing damaged boards, repairing any cracks or holes, and ensuring that the house is structurally sound.
  4. Clean the exterior: Before installing siding on the house, it is important to clean the exterior. This will ensure that the siding adheres properly and that there are no issues with moisture or other contaminants.
  5. Install a weather-resistant barrier: Installing a weather-resistant barrier is important in areas of California where rain and moisture are common. This barrier will help prevent water damage and keep your home dry. I recommend that stucco be installed for this purpose. We will discuss the stucco in detail later in the article.
  6. Install flashing: Flashing is a metal or plastic barrier that is installed around windows, doors, and other areas to prevent water from seeping in. This is an important step to protect your home from water damage.
  7. Install the siding: Finally, it is time to install the siding. This process can vary depending on the type of siding you choose, but it typically involves cutting and fitting the siding to the house, then securing it in place with nails or screws.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your house is properly prepared for siding installation in California. It is recommended to hire a professional siding contractor to ensure that the installation process is done correctly and to avoid any issues with the siding in the future.

Stucco installation

Sand, cement, and water are combined to create stucco. To shield building walls from weather damage, it is used outside. Stucco is widely used because it can be applied to almost any type of wall surface and because it has the appearance of stone or brick but is less expensive to install than those materials.

The first step in applying stucco is removing all mouldings around doors, windows, etc., then cleaning off any dirt or mildew with a garden hose (you may need to scrub some areas with a stiff brush). Next, apply an acrylic bonding primer over any exposed wood surfaces in your home for better adhesion when you’re ready for paint or stain after the installation has been completed correctly by professionals who know what they’re doing!

Stucco Repairing

Stucco is a popular exterior finish material for homes, but if your stucco gets damaged, it can be hard to repair. The damage can occur in many ways: weathering or age-related wear and tear, impact by falling objects such as tree limbs, or even poor artistry during installation. The good news is that there are several ways to fix these problems without starting over completely with new stucco.

Here are some common types of stucco repairs:

  1. Cracks: One of the most common issues with stucco is cracking. Small cracks can be repaired using stucco patching compound. While larger cracks may require a more extensive repair involving removing and replacing the damaged stucco.
  2. Holes: Holes can occur in stucco due to impact or other factors. These can be repaired by filling the holes with stucco patching compound or by using a stucco repair kit that includes patching material and texture spray.
  3. Water damage: stucco is porous and can absorb water, which can cause damage over time. Water damage to stucco can manifest in the form of discoloration, bulging, or cracking. Repairing water damage may involve removing and replacing the damaged stucco and installing a waterproof barrier to prevent future damage.
  4. Efflorescence: Efflorescence is a white, powdery substance that appears on the surface of stucco. This is caused by the buildup of salt deposits and can remove it by using a stiff brush or pressure washer. In severe cases, it may be necessary to remove and replace the affected stucco.
  5. Staining: Stucco can become stained over time due to exposure to the elements, mould, or other factors. We can remove stains by using a pressure washer or by applying a stucco cleaner.

It is important to address stucco repairs as soon as possible to prevent further damage and maintain the integrity.


Siding is a crucial component of the exterior of your house. It protects your house from the elements and adds value to your property. Now you are aware of how to install siding on a house or replacing damaged sections. We hope this article has helped answer some questions about what kind of siding material works best in different situations.

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