Incorrect Vinyl Siding Installation Can Void Your Product Warranty

Vinyl siding installation can be a DIY-friendly project. However, it's important to be aware that most manufacturers' warranties are voided if their products are installed incorrectly. While there are generally accepted installation practices, each brand and style of siding may have its own set of requirements. Therefore, it is imperative that before you start work you read and fully understand all of the installation guidelines and warranty details that come with the product you have purchased.

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Vinyl Siding Installation--Should It Be Left To the Professionals?

Although hiring an experienced contractor can be one way to help ensure that your vinyl siding installation is carried out correctly and fully warrantied, you may able to do the job yourself. Here are five tips to help you get started on the right foot:

  1. Read the fine print. Do not assume that the words "limited lifetime warranty" mean that your new siding is covered forever. Oftentimes, these warranties have lengthy lists of exceptions, and very specific installation requirements that must be followed exactly.
  2. The existing condition of your house can affect the future performance of your siding. Manufacturers frequently require than certain criteria are met in order that their products can meet performance standards. For example, some vinyl siding installation guidelines may require that your home be wrapped in a weatherproof vapor barrier, or sheathed with rigid insulation boards, before you begin installing the siding.
  3. Maintain your vinyl siding as instructed in the warranty. Most manufacturers require that you wash your siding regularly with soap and water to keep it from fading or "chalking".
  4. Keep all the sales receipts and product warranties that come with your vinyl siding. And make sure you register with the manufacturer, if the warranty requires you to do so.
  5. Document and photograph any material defects with your siding as soon as they come to your notice, and immediately contact the representative who sold you it.

Reading and understanding all the product warranty and installation requirements that come with your vinyl siding is a sure-fire way to start your project the right way.

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