Installing Durable Vinyl Siding in So. Maine

Installing Replacement Vinyl Siding in Maine

A Contractor Installing Vinyl Siding

Preparation The first step your contractor will take when installing vinyl siding is to determine if the old siding on your house needs to be removed or if the new siding can be installed over it. Since vinyl needs to be nailed into wood then wooded sidings can usually be covered over, but if the nails can't reach wood or would have to go through metal then the old siding must be removed. If the old siding is removed (or if there is no siding to begin with) then the contractor will inspect the sheathing of the house to determine if there is any plywood that is rotting or broken, as this plywood is in need of replacement. Once the sheathing is ready a contractor will usually cover the house with a material called house wrap in order to give a small amount of insulation and allow the walls to breath and stay dry. Any other insulation which you have selected for your house will also be installed at this stage of the process.

The Vinyl Siding Installation Process

Once the contractor has prepared the house sufficiently (or if the siding will just be installed over the old) they will begin installing vinyl siding which you selected. The first step in installing vinyl siding is to install special pieces of siding called trim. Trim is used to cover the edges of anything the siding will come up against in the wall, such as doors, windows, mailboxes, etc. This helps to protect the house, but also covers the gaps needed between the siding and the obstacles which allow the vinyl planks to expand and contract with temperature change. Also, a special piece of trim is installed called a starter strip which gives an attachment anchor for the bottom piece of vinyl siding. Once all the trim is in place the siding planks go up. The first plank attaches to the starter strip and is held tightly upwards to make sure the lock is snug. The contractor will leave a gap at either end of the plank; nails are driven into the middle of the nail slots, leaving about a 1/32 inch gap under the nail head to allow for expansion. This gap is needed as some planks of vinyl siding can expand or contract up to half an inch. Each plank is then added from the bottom up as the lower edge of each plank locks into the upper edge of the plank below it. During this step the contractor will make sure to keep the planks level all the way up the wall and pull tightly upward before each nail in order to guarantee a firm locking between the two edges of the plank.

Getting the Most out of your Maine Siding Contractor

After the contractor is done with siding installation on your home, he will inspect to make sure the siding and trim are coming together correctly. This should give you a better idea of what a contractor goes through when installing vinyl siding on your home.

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