Vinyl Siding Installation: DIY or Hire a Contractor?

Most vinyl siding installation projects are only moderately challenging. The materials are almost kit-like.

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  • Some pieces fit on inside and outside corners.
  • The vinyl siding strips fit in a track--a j-channel.
  • There are special strips to use around windows and doors.
  • There's a starter strip for the siding.

You don't have to be a licensed contractor with hours and hours of experience to undertake your siding installation project, but you do need to have skills that match the tasks involved. Vinyl siding is a major investment. If you don't have the necessary abilities and tools, either study and practice, or hire a contractor.

Vinyl Siding Installation: On The Level

Probably the most important aspect of vinyl siding installation is keeping it straight and level. If your home is not plumb in some aspect, then a do-it-yourself project may become overwhelming. Whether you're installing a horizontal lapboard style or a vertical board-and-batten style, all your edges must level and plumb, or your house will look crooked.

Tools of the Trade

  • You can get pretty far with a hammer, nails and tin snips.
  • A circular saw will improve speed and accuracy if you're proficient with it.
  • A level and a plumb line are essentials.

Siding installation requires installing an under-layment--another set of challenges. The under-layment can be gypsum board, green board, or snug, contoured insulated foam--it depends on your vinyl siding material and local building codes.

Vinyl siding installation requires assessing the unexpected before it becomes a problem. Study instructions thoroughly. If you question your skills, call a professional.


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