Frequently Asked Questions

Have question about your remodeling project? You’re not alone. Take a look at some of our more commonly asked questions and give yourself some peace-of-mind. We are always available for your questions on the phone as well.


Do you have questions about your roof? Not sure if you should repair or replace your roof?  Check out some of these frequently asked questions about roof repair and roof replacement:

  • +Do I need a new roof?

    Too often, it takes a leak or serious damage to recognize you may have a problem. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plaster board, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.

    Since you may not know what to look for on the roof, schedule periodic inspections, preferably twice a year. These inspections can uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashing, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or down spouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Catching problems early eliminates costs later.

  • +My roof leaks. Do I need to have it totally replaced?

    Not necessarily. Leaking can result because some flashing has come loose, or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, however, is generally irreversible. A roof failure can come from an improper installation, poor choice of materials, installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building, or simply wearing out.

  • +Can I do the work myself?

    Most work is not do-it-yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. The shingles and other roofing materials you pay for only qualify for the manufacturer’s warranty if they’re installed correctly. Novices can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques or severely injure themselves by falling off or even through a roof in need of repair or replacement.

    Homeowner maintenance should be confined to roof inspections in both the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles, and to cleaning rain gutters filled with dead leaves or other debris. If you must see the roof for yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) if possible.

  • +How long can I expect my roof to last?

    The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your local environment, and the maintenance the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations they will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lifetimes.

  • +What will a new roof cost?

    The price of a new roof varies widely, depending on the material selected, the contractor doing the work, the home itself, local labor rates, time of year, and more. To get a good idea of the cost for your roof, get two or three estimates from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that cost is only one factor, and it must be balanced against the quality of the materials and workmanship.

    For each roofing material there are different grades and corresponding prices. Plus, there are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. Within the roofing profession there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Pick a contractor who is committed to quality work.

  • +The estimates I received are very different in price. Why not just go with the lowest bid?

    Most often, estimates may appear to be offering the same or similar services, but our experience shows most contracts are not created equal. An unusually low price can signal discrepancies and shortcomings in the reliability of the contractor. In addition to the actual materials, some of the differences to look for when comparing contracts and/or contractors are number of years the company has been in business, experience of the actual crew, and validity of liability and worker’s-compensation insurance.


Are you looking to re-side your home? Look no further – We’ve been siding in Grand Rapids Area for over 20 Years. Here’s some answers to common questions to help get you started.

General Siding

  • +How can I tell if my siding is bad?

    Appearance of fungus, obvious separation of seams, caulking failure, swelling, delaminating, boards that no longer lay flat against your house, paint failure, moisture on the inside of your house, all could be signs of siding failure.

  • +Can I side over my defective Panel (T1-11) Siding?

    Siding over defective composite Panel (T1-11) Siding is definitely not recommended and should be replaced with new sheathing.

  • +How do I know if my home has dry rot?

    It can be difficult to tell if your home has dry rot without removing the siding first; then we can tell how extensive the damage is and repair it. In extreme cases you may see signs of excessive moisture on the surface of your siding or moisture on the inside of your house.

  • +How expensive is it to fix dry rot?

    Dry-rot repairs can be as little as $50 and as much as several thousand dollars. The average repair is $200 to $500. Approximately one out of eight homes have dry rot.

Before You Re-Side

  • +Why should I reside my Home?

    New siding will rejuvenate an older home, give it a completely new look, and significantly reduce cost for home upkeep and maintenance. It will protect the home from elements and eliminate the need for costly, frequent repainting.

  • +Should I replace my siding before I sell my home?

    Most Realtors will tell you that it is necessary to replace your defective siding if you wish to sell your home in a timely manner and for a good price. You will find that trying to sell your home with defective siding can be major deterrent. If you do get an offer the buyer will almost always want a hefty discount because of your siding. Even if your siding is in good shape, you will usually need to replace it because of the negative stigmatism in the market place

  • +What is the best type of siding for my home?

    Your home style, neighborhood CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions), desired effect, and your budget determine the best solution for you.  Have Renaissance Exteriors Representative out to give you a free estimate.  Give your home the revival it deserves.


  • +Do I need to replace my moisture barrier?

    Replacement of your moisture barrier is required. During the tear-off process your old barrier, if any, usually gets torn and oftentimes your old barrier was not installed correctly. We cannot warranty your job without replacing your moisture barrier. A new moisture barrier is critical to a good siding job.

  • +Can I replace my siding during the winter months?

    Winter is a good time to start your siding project. Oftentimes it is much easier to reserve a space in the winter than it is any other time of year. The only drawback to having your project started in the winter may be paint delays. In addition, during winter months we tear-off smaller sections and reside those sections before we move on. That ensures that your home will always have limited exposure to the elements.

What To Expect

  • +Once I decide to replace my siding, how long does it take?

    Typically, in takes us 7 to 14 days for a re-siding. It depends on the size of your home, the time of year we do your job, and weather conditions. We strive to stick to a strict timeline and get projects done ahead of schedule.

  • +What hours will the siding crew be working on my project?

    Our crews generally start work between 7:00 – 8:00 AM and work until 5:00 – 6:00 PM (daylight permitting) Monday through Friday. On occasion we may work Saturdays upon your approval.

  • +How much siding does the siding crew tear-off/put up during the course of a day?

    During most days we will only remove as much siding as we can replace with a weather barrier during that same day.

  • +What will happen to my landscaping during my siding project?

    All of our siding and painting crews work as carefully as possible to avoid doing any damage to your landscaping when they are on the job. However, we do suggest that before your siding project begins, you should move and/or tie back all plants that are important to you. While our installers are careful, sometimes damage to plants is unavoidable.

  • +Does siding replacement affect the interior of my home?

    Residing may cause your walls to rattle when the siding is being torn-off and when your new siding is nailed on. We suggest that you remove any fragile items from your interior walls that may fall during the residing process. On occasion, caulking around your windows may crack and you may experience small drywall cracks or drywall ‘nail-pops’. These side effects are unavoidable and the cost of fixing them is minimal.

  • +Why did I receive a Notice of a Right to Lien?

    A Notice of a Right to Lien is for your protection and our protection. By law we have to provide a Notice of a Right to Lien on all jobs over $1,000. In addition, you may receive a Notice of a Right to Lien from our material supplier. This is customary and in no way does it reflect our payment history with our material suppliers. We have perfect credit and we invite you to call any of our suppliers to verify it. They provide the Notice to protect their rights.

Cost and Payment

  • +How much does it cost to side a home?

    Because we offer siding at a number of price points to fit any need and any budget, and because every home and siding job is unique, there is no way to answer this question. The best thing to do is invite a sales representative into your home so he can measure it accurately and discuss other needs you may have.

  • +Can I really justify paying more for a quality siding job?

    Most siding is replaced because of product failure or improper application. In order to maintain or increase the value of your home, it is important that you select a siding company that can aide you in the selection of a product with proven integrity. This company must also have a proven record for professional application and finishing.

  • +What methods of payment does Renaissance Exteriors accept?

    We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and financing on approved credit with our local banking partner.

  • +How do your prices compare Vinyl, Steel, Fiber Cement, and Stone?

    Fiber Cement:

    More expensive than Vinyl

    Less expensive than Stone and Brick

    Less expensive than Stucco

    More expensive then Steel Siding

    Vinyl Siding:

    Less expensive than Stone and Brick

    Less than Fiber Cement

    Less expensive than Stucco

    Less then Steel Siding

    Steel Siding:

    More expensive then Vinyl

    Less expensive than Stone and Brick

    Less than Fiber Cement

    Less expensive than Stucco

    Stone and Brick:

    More expensive then Vinyl

    More than Fiber Cement

    Equal or more expensive than Stucco

    Less then Steel Siding

  • +Why did I receive a Notice of a Right to Lien?

    A Notice of a Right to Lien is for your protection and our protection. By law we have to provide a Notice of a Right to Lien on all jobs over $1,000. In addition, you may receive a Notice of a Right to Lien from our material supplier. This is customary and in no way does it reflect our payment history with our material suppliers. We have perfect credit and we invite you to call any of our suppliers to verify it. They provide the Notice to protect their rights.

 Vinyl Siding

  • +What exactly is vinyl siding?

    Vinyl siding is manufactured from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a revolutionary building material that has replaced metal as the prime material for many industrial, commercial and consumer products. PVC has many years of successful performance as a construction material, providing impact-resistance, rigidity and strength.

  • +Can the color peel or flake off?

    No. There is no paint to peel, flake off or blister.

  • +If painting isn’t required, then how do I keep my vinyl siding clean?

    Usually all you will need is a to rinse your siding down annually with a garden hose. Every few years’ professional pressure washing with the appropriate cleaner will help restore the appearance your siding.

  • +Does vinyl siding contribute to rotting, moisture buildup or termite infestation?

    Vinyl siding will not cause any of these problems, but neither will it cure problems that existed before the siding was installed. Vinyl siding can be applied with assurance that it will not promote rotting, moisture or termite infestation. Indeed, the siding itself is impervious to rotting, and does not attract insects. It is designed to allow for proper ventilation. Pre-punched weep-holes along the bottom butt edge of the siding allow condensation to drain out.

  • +What effect will vinyl siding have on television or radio reception?

    None at all.

  • +How does its price compare with other replacement siding materials?

    Vinyl siding is competitively priced with other siding materials. When you consider that you no longer need to have your house repainted every few years, the cost is very economical and eventually will be recovered by eliminating repainting costs. Vinyl siding is designed to last 30 years or more. Consult Renaissance Exteriors for specific warranties and product information.

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