The Importance of Ensuring Your Siding Is Installed Correctly (And Professionally!) on Your New Home

The siding you choose will certainly impact the appearance of your home, but more important, it will be your home’s first line of defense against the elements.

When it comes to siding, the possibilities are nearly endless. Are you after a warm, earth-toned look or something vibrant and contemporary? Do you prefer horizontal or vertical siding, or a mixture of both? What about wood? Or or vinyl? Or maybe wood shakes?

The siding you choose will certainly impact the appearance of your home, but more important, it will be your home’s first line of defense against the elements.

Proper installation is imperative to your siding working as it should. Even minor leaks can lead to mold, structural damage and health issues over time. 

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These photos show an excellent installation of pre-finished wood siding,. The one inch thick vertical strapping (rain screen) is a solid base on which to fasten the siding, and allows any wind driven rain to escape without entering the wall cavity. The screen at the bottom provides air flow and keeps insects and rodents out of the space.



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Before siding is installed, the mechanical and plumbing penetrations need to be addressed. In these pictures, an angled, caulked piece of wood sits above the mechanical penetration. This setup directs water away and keeps the wall cavity dry and intact.


Windows and doors require proper installation and flashing. Many "defective" windows are actually a result of improper flashing details. 

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Before you build, talk to potential builders about siding options. Your builder should be adamant about using quality materials and proper installation techniques. When it comes to siding, cutting corners to save money in the early stages can mean difficult and expensive to fix mistakes in the long run....

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Choose wisely—your builder and your exterior siding—and you’ll appreciate your choice for years to come.

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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