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How to Install Vinyl Siding

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October 16, 2006

If you need to know how to install vinyl siding, there are a lot of resources available to help you. Vinyl siding can add new life to an old home and is a common choice for new homes.

If you are interested in a clean look that won't require regular painting of the exterior of your home, vinyl siding is a great choice. The vinyl siding available today has come a long way from its early versions. Newer siding doesn't rot and it doesn't fade. It's also easy to paint, so if you want a change a new house color is an easy project. Installing it is not difficult and manufacturers will include basic instructions for you when you buy your vinyl. There are also many detailed books available in bookstores and on the web that will help you with this and just about any do-it-yourself project. Contractors will also install siding for you. If you are not mechanically inclined, it's always best to choose a contractor who will install on your behalf and provide a satisfaction guarantee.

How to Install Vinyl Siding

Begin your vinyl installation by starting with the trim. Be sure to have a solid understanding of where each piece needs to go and plan accordingly. It's generally easier to install with at least two individuals. There are several components to vinyl siding including:

  • Inside corner pieces
  • Outside corner pieces
  • Panels
  • Under sill trim
  • Starter strip
  • 3-channel piece

You will also need some specialized tools including a snap lock punch, nail hole punch and an unlocking tool to help you with your project. Here are a few extra tips:

  • Vinyl expands, so allow for this when installing.
  • Buy extra materials when ordering your siding to be sure that you don't run out and end up with a different color lot in a subsequent purchase.
  • Don't nail directly through vinyl siding. Be sure to use a hole punch.

If you want to know more about how to install vinyl siding, your local building supply dealer or contractor will likely point you in the right direction.

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