Grand Rapids Siding FAQs

  • +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.

  • +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.

  • +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.

  • +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.

  • +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.

  • +Do I have to paint Fiber Cement siding?

    Yes, However you may order many James Hardie products baked in painted with the ColorPlus™ Collection by James Hardie factory finishing and coloring system; or you can have the siding painted by a painter with an acrylic/latex exterior type paint. James Hardie Paint warranties vary from 10 – 20 years.

  • +Do you require a weather-resistant barrier behind Fiber Cement siding?

    James Hardie as well as the current MI building code requires the use of a weather-resistant barrier. It is good building practice.

  • +What types of trim can be used with Fiber Cement siding?

    The following are suitable trim products for use with Fiber Cement siding:

    Fiber Cement

    Real Wood

    Engineered Wood

  • +How close to the ground can I install Fiber Cement siding?

    The MI building code requires that exterior sidings be installed with a minimum 6″ clearance of soil. This will allow for clearance when soil is back-filled against the foundation.

  • +What type of weather-resistant barrier is required?

    Any weather-resistant barrier complying with the MI building code is acceptable.

  • +How much does it weigh?

    James Hardie fiber cement is 2.3 pounds per square foot.



    TruCedar’s rust resistance comes from the galvanizing process, where steel is alloyed with zinc, a metal that is less likely to corrode. When steel is galvanized, it is submerged in molten zinc, and the subsequent chemical reaction permanently bonds the zinc to the steel. The zinc is more than just a sealant or coating for the steel – the zinc and steel are permanently bonded. The exterior layer is entirely zinc, inner layers are a mixture of zinc and iron, and the interior layer is pure steel.




    TruCedar’s SunMaster50™ coating is one of the most advanced coatings available today and has excellent color performance. Although you will find that any siding product may fade under certain conditions, TruCedar’s lifetime limited warranty includes fade protection.




    Yes, although steel is much more durable than other siding materials, even TruCedar® can be dented by large hailstones. TruCedar® is remarkably hail resistant, and is backed by a Lifetime limited warranty with a 50 year limited hail protection warranty.




    The average rainfall in most residential areas will keep the siding surfaces clean. We do recommend washing your TruCedar® siding every year, or more often as needed. For more information, please refer to the back of the warranty.




    If at any point you have a problem with your TruCedar® siding, please contact our Customer Service department by mail, phone, or electronically.




    The up-front cost of steel siding will normally save you money over the life of your home. Our steel siding is coated with our durable SunMaster50™ coating, an Energy Star rated coating with CoolWallPaint Technology to reduce the home’s

    energy consumption.




    Not necessarily. Your contractor will need to make sure that the existing siding is in good condition and will hold nails. During the bidding process, ask your contractor to assess your existing siding to determine whether it is suitable.




    Replacement of siding has long been considered one of the smartest investments you can make in the resale value of your home. New siding contributes to the home’s all-important curb appeal, and helps ease potential home buyers’ concerns about maintenance costs. New siding also makes an older home more comparable to a newer home, and therefore provides an excellent return on investment.




    Yes, TruCedar’s SunMaster50™ coating provides an excellent base for latex paint. If at any point you choose to change the color of your siding, simply repaint with any quality latex paint.




    Yes, we have one of the largest selections in the industry. You can choose from Single 8”, Single 6”, Single 6” Dutch Lap, Double 4”, Board & Batten 6”, or Board & Batten 10” profiles.




    Quality Edge offers roofing accessories, gutters, soffit, and fascia in colors to match or complement your TruCedar siding. For details about color and availability, ask your dealer for a color selector guide.


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