Did you know that 32% of new homes in the U.S use vinyl siding? Currently, there is no end in sight to its rising demand. Although it takes less time to install it requires skills and knowledge to complete the process properly. If installed poorly, get ready for water and pests becoming uninvited guests in your home.
Here are some simple tips to help you avoid common mistakes when you decide to install vinyl siding.
Use a wide starting strip
Various strips of different sizes are available. You should invest in 3-1/2 inches starter strip when installing. During the process, ensure over 1 inch of the starter strip always hangs down over the top of your house’s foundation. Drop it as low as possible.
The more you cover your home’s foundation with the starter strip, the better your vinyl siding installation in shielding your house against snow, rain, and harsh weather.
Flatten it meticulously
A properly installed siding should be flat. When it is leveled, it functions better and it goes on more easily as well. Experts suggest that you should snap a level chalk line around the base of the house where your first run of siding will go to help in aligning your installation. Also, remember to level things once every five courses to achieve excellent results.
Leave gaps on the edges
Your vinyl siding should move slightly after installation. Therefore, it is essential to cut the end pieces to create an extra space of about 0.25 inches cumulatively on both ends. These gaps provide room for expansion during the summer months ensuring that the siding does not buckle.
Use a vinyl blade when cutting
Always rely on the specialty vinyl blade that arranges the teeth backward to make your cuts smooth. This precaution ensures chipping never occurs during any standard cutting process making the project effective.
Lock the vinyl siding loosely
Ensure the siding is not locked tightly on the wall. Technicians recommend leaving a small space between the siding and the nail top. The loose-fitting maneuver ensures that your siding moves properly during expansion and contraction subject to prevailing weather conditions.
Use proper nails
Galvanized roofing nails are the best in holding any siding firmly. Additionally, these nails withstand all weather. Two inches long nails are recommended. Nevertheless, you should use longer nails whenever the siding is going over the top of rigid foam instead of going right up against the sheathing. Galvanized nails are appropriate in withstand standing any corrosive forces caused by different weather conditions.
Flash all window bottoms
Before installation, flash all corners of your windows. To achieve flashing results, cut a felt paper that fits right over the corners of your windows and use roofing nails to hold firmly. Flashing prevents water from seeping behind the J-channels that would potentially cause rotting of your window frames.Flashing the windows ensures that all water that may get behind the channels will roll down the felt paper and out onto the existing siding.
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