Planning a siding replacement – and other remodeling projects, for that matter – has never been easier, thanks to many tools and resources. Here are the tools and resources that can help you plan your siding replacement project with fewer hiccups.
It’s easy to find ideas and inspiration online. A single search yields tens of thousands of results, which means you’ll need a way to save and organize these ideas for later use. Pinterest is one of the most popular tools for collecting or “pinning” images, text and other media for later use. Evernote is another app that lets you save snippets of websites and annotate photos, and then organize them into folders or tags.
Websites such as Houzz curate high-quality photos of siding replacement and other home remodeling ideas. For many homeowners, Houzz is the go-to resource for professional-quality photos that can be used as reference material. Since these photos are of existing homes, they can give you ideas for your siding that you may not have previously thought possible.
Planning and Organization
Once you have gathered your ideas, you may already have a mental picture of what your new siding should look like, or perhaps you may have a few options in mind that you need to narrow down. Siding manufacturers have free “visualizer” online apps that let you mix and match exterior components along with their products. You can save these combinations along with a list of specifications for later reference. Some manufacturers even have a feature that lets you locate certified contractors in the area.
Mobile apps like Home Improvement Planner (HIP) and Pro Project Planner take advantage of recent virtual reality technology by letting you superimpose virtual installations over your home using your phone’s camera. Instead of a single, fixed angle, you can preview a particular type of siding at any angle in real time. Chain store Ikea has a similar app that lets you virtually place furniture and other products in real time, without even picking up a tape measure. It should be noted that these features may only work on certain smartphone models. Once you get your siding replacement plans all set, it’s just a matter of finding the right contractor for the job.
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