How To Install Vinyl
Of the available exterior
finishes, vinyl siding is arguably the easiest to install. By
following a few basic steps for the installation of vinyl
siding, almost anyone can do it.
The first step is to install
the starter strip. The starter strip that holds the first
course of siding and must be installed level and straight. This
helps make sure that the following courses of siding are also
level and straight. Other siding accessories like outside
corners, inside corners, undersill, and J-channels must also be
installed properly. Outside corners must be installed plumb and
straight. Inside corners, undersill and j-channel accessories
must also be correctly nailed in place.
How vinyl siding is nailed to
the wall is very important to a good installation. Vinyl siding
must not be nailed tight to the wall. Because vinyl siding
expands and contracts with changes in temperature, it must be
allowed to move. Vinyl siding is designed with a nailing strip
with slots for nailing. Nails must be centered in these slots
to allow maximum movement. The nails must also not be driven
all the way home. The nail head must be left about an eighth of
an inch short of hitting the nailing strip. The siding must be
able to slide to the left and right after being
The next important step to a
successful installation is to cut the vinyl siding to the
proper length. Because of the variation in temperature and
expansion and contraction, vinyl siding must not be cut to fit
tight in corners or J-channels. This is to allow movement for
these temperature changes. When siding ends lap in a course,
the siding must overlap a minimum of 3/4 of an inch.
The time of year and the
temperature at the time of installation also effect how vinyl
siding is installed. In cold weather, vinyl siding must be cut
3/8 inch short of the insides of corners and J-channels. In
warm weather this measurement is 1/4 inch.
By following these basic steps
one can have a professional looking vinyl siding installation.
It will be straight and level and be free of waves and "oil