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vinyl siding on house

Preparation and planning

Vinyl siding is a good option for homeowners who like the look of siding, but do not want the expense that accompanies cedar and concrete composite products. Before you start doing anything, consider hiring a contractor. It is not so complicated thing and you can save some money by installing this by yourself but if you have never done it before you should think for a minute if you can succeed on this. Installing vinyl siding is an involved process which requires a lot of time and skill. In fact, the quality of the installation can have a huge effect the finished result but if you feel confident enough, do it by yourself.

Process of installing the vinyl siding

The first thing that you have to do is to gather the tools and materials that you will need. Be aware that you will need quite an extensive array of tools and materials. Then prepare the outsider of your home for the installation to have a clear work area. You also need to understand the fitting and nailing rules. Vinyl siding expands and contracts with temperature changes, therefore it is important to allow extra room for expansion in order to prevent the siding from buckling.

Another step is to measure the length of the walls from the eaves to the bottom of any existing siding. Now, you need to install a starter strip. Just drive a nail through a point on your chosen starting height and snap a chalk line around the perimeter of the house.

Next step, is to install the corner posts. Install foam sheathing strips on both sides of each corner, then install your corner siding pieces to these strips. Now, you can begin installing the wall siding. Measure and cut the lengths of siding and then slide the bottom row of panels into place, making sure to hook the bottom lip of each panel under the starting strip. Repeat that step until it is done and be ready that it can be a little hard at the end but a little patience will help you with anything.

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