Things to Remember When Performing a Vinyl Siding Installation

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A vinyl siding installation isn’t just about giving your home an enhanced aesthetic appeal, it’s also about providing you and your family maximum protection from outside elements such as heat, strong winds, and changing temperatures.

Why Choose Vinyl Siding?

While there are many of those who claim that real wood material is the best and only type of siding that should be installed on any home, vinyl is now becoming a highly popular choice. Here are good reasons why:

• Wider variety of colors to suit a homeowner’s style preferences
• Mimics wood material
• Can easily be maintained with mild soap and water
• Able to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements
• Not prone to pest infestation, rotting, and other types of damage
• Lasts for a longer period of time, thus considered a “green” option

Moreover, vinyl siding installation cost ranges from $5,000 to $13,000. It’s considered the second cheapest installation cost in comparison to other siding materials. The price may vary depending on the size of your home (which involves more labor), detail, and removal of old siding.

Vinyl Siding Installation Tips for Homeowners

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If you’re interested to know how to perform a vinyl siding installation, we’ve prepared some helpful tips to get you started.

Tools You Will Need:

  • Working table
  • Tape measure
  •  Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line
  • Snips
  • Nails
  • Utility knife
  • Vinyl siding
  • Hammer

1. Fix any existing issues outside your house.

Before installing vinyl siding, make sure to prepare the area where it is to be installed – the outside surface of your home. The reason behind this is that after the vinyl siding is in place, it will be difficult for you to discover any problems such as moisture and other physical defects.

If you discover rotting boards, replace them. Also, ensure a spacious and clear work area that’s free from debris.

2. Never nail the siding too tightly.

One thing you should remember when nailing vinyl siding is that it must hang loosely. Why? Since vinyl siding is made of plastic, it expands and contracts a lot with temperature changes. Give the siding a space allowance for it to expand by leaving a 0.6 cm gap in between siding panels.

Always drive the nails straight and level. You can check whether you’ve properly installed the siding by giving it a gentle tug. It should be able to move slightly from side to side.

3. Install longer panels before shorter ones.

If you’re going to install siding where your windows or doors are, remember to begin installation on the side that requires longer panels. Longer panels can be adjusted easily than shorter ones. To ensure that the longer and shorter panels are at the same height, always measure them up to the window.

4. Install felt paper on the wall before vinyl siding.

Felt paper, also known as tar paper, is an important material that’s installed on roofing and bare walls to provide waterproofing benefits for your home. If water enters your vinyl siding, felt paper prevents water from getting to your walls and damaging them.

When installing the felt paper from side to side, use a construction stapler to secure one end of the felt paper to the wall. On areas where you have window or door openings, simply roll the paper over them and cut towards the center with a utility knife. Fold and tack the tabs onto the inner sides of your door or window frame.

5. Adjust a siding properly using a zip tool.

Of course, vinyl siding installation mistakes cannot be avoided especially for beginners. With that, you need to use a zip tool to unlock the siding. Stick the zip tool under a vinyl siding, slide it sideways, and then pull with an upward motion.

If you need to remove the nails, you can use a crow bar or flat bar to pull them out. Follow the same process if you’re going to replace old vinyl sidings with new ones instead of installing sidings on a bare wall.

6. Choose the right type of paint

In the past, people would strongly advise against painting vinyl siding because of issues like peeling and fading. However, advancements in paint have given homeowners the freedom to enhance the beauty of their siding. According to Angie’s List, the trick to a successful painting job is to use the right kind of paint.

Worried about making mistakes in painting your vinyl siding? You can always ask for help from a professional painter or roofer that installs siding.

When to Hire a Professional Roofer

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You need to remember a lot of details if you want to install vinyl siding on your own. Though the task isn’t hard, missing out on crucial details often leads to faulty installation. To avoid mistakes as much as possible (and wasting your money) it’s better to hire a professional contractor.

There are roofing companies that offer siding installation services and we’re one of them. Rather than relying on your own research and putting your safety and your family’s at risk, choose a contractor that’s skilled and experienced.

That way, you can enjoy a beautiful home that’s well-protected from the harsh weather for years to come.

Final Word

Again, vinyl siding installation is one of the best renovation projects that benefit your home in several ways. From improving your property’s appearance to helping you reduce your energy consumption, there’s no reason why you won’t love this home improvement job.

Do you need a professional to install vinyl siding for your home today? Contact TQM Roofing Solutions at 817-583-8623.

  • Great tips, thanks for sharing! We’ve had several clients install vinyl themselves, but a professional definitely needed in some cases.