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Vinyl Siding Tips

The Installation Booklet is a great aid and should be utilized; you can purchase the book from the manufacturer if needed. Below are a few vinyl siding tips for those deciding to do the job on their own. Most of the tools required for installation should be familiar to anyone taking on a DIY project, if not; the most important vinyl siding tip may be to enlist a professional.

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Tools that will help you complete the job: Tape measure, hammer, level, utility knife, chalk line, tin snips, square, caulk gun, snap lock punch, nail slot punch, zip tool, drill, ladders and circular saw with a fine blade installed backwards.

You must always be aware of drainage paths and protection of the framing lumber. Water can get behind vinyl siding and it must not be allowed to touch any wood! The number one problem, over 99 percent, is improper installation due to unskilled laborers. Surface preparation is critical and must be smooth and solid. Seal any and all leaks, caulk cracks around all the windows and doors. It’s a very good idea to install foil faced foam sheathing if you are installing vinyl over an existing wood or brick sided structure as well as an air/water barrier. Trim the detail work first.

The vinyl siding is the last thing installed. Only install the starter strip made by the manufacturer. Use a chalk line to ensure the strip is installed perfectly straight all the way around the structure. Do not use a tape measure when measuring the J-channels; instead hold the piece being cut flush with the edge of the installed piece, then mark the opposite edge. This will be a more accurate measurement. Keep the nail heads 1/32 inch away from the vinyl. This will allow the vinyl room to expand and contract.

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