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How to Install Vinyl Siding

One of the reasons many homeowners choose vinyl siding is because of its affordability. Thankfully, this affordability does nothing to diminish the choices available to anyone choosing to purchase the siding. Many manufacturers even offer to make a custom color of vinyl siding based on a color sample provided by a customer. This article will go over some of the specifics of how to install vinyl siding after all of the choices are made.

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The first step to cover when talking about how to install vinyl siding is how to prepare your house to accept the siding. Depending on what siding is in place already, the vinyl siding could be installed over the old siding. The main thing to remember about how to install vinyl siding over old siding is that vinyl must be nailed into wood, so metal or stone sidings must be removed. If the old siding has to be removed then now is a good time to check the sheathing of the house to make sure there are no damaged or rotting boards, and it is then generally recommended to cover the sheathing in house wrap. House wrap serves a variety of purposes, the most important being an added layer of insulation which helps stop air leaks and also helping the walls to breath slightly keeping them dry to prevent mildew and rotting. Once the house wrap and any other desired insulation is installed, the siding layout is planned and it is time to move on to actually attaching the siding.

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When cutting siding to fit it is always good to leave about a quarter inch of space between the edge of the siding and any objects against which the siding will go (windows, doors, corners, etc.). This gap is left because vinyl siding will expand and contract depending on the outside temperature. Once the siding is cut, trim pieces need to be installed around all the windows, doors, and corners in order to loosely hold the siding and cover any gaps, as well as a starter strip at the bottom of each wall to attach the first piece of siding. After attaching the first piece of siding to the starter strip, galvanized nails are used to attach the top of the strip to the studs in the walls. The most important thing to make sure when nailing the strips in is to make sure that the siding is level and pulled up as tight as possible against the strip below it. When nailing through the nail slots on the top of the siding pieces it is also important to remember to always place the nail as close to the center of the nail slot as possible and leave a sixteenth of an inch gap between the nail and the siding.

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This is just a general overview of how to install vinyl siding, and your contractor will have the specific details of how each type of vinyl siding is installed. Vinyl siding is a cheaper alternative to most other sidings, and can still provide you with a beautiful maintenance free house.

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