Installing Vinyl Siding
People usually hire experts in installing vinyl siding to lessen the risk of faulty installation. Experts are effective in their work but if you yourself have already attained some skills in DIY projects, why not try installing vinyl siding yourself? To note, vinyl siding materials alone costs less than one third the price experts charge for their service. A 2000 sq. ft. home may cost about $2000 in vinyl siding and accessories and a professional installer may charge about $7200 dollars for three days of work. You wouldn't want the hassle of paying too much. Imagine the $5000 amount you will be saving in installing vinyl siding yourself.
Vinyl Siding is not hard to install but it will require you a little skill and knowledge on the use of tools and on layout. You should have a keen eye for details of your home. You should be aware of the drainage paths and other obstacles that might be encountered. The number one problem when it comes to vinyl siding is faulty installation. Almost all problems can be traced to its installers. But still, it is not a hard project to do. You just need to know some things if you desire professional installation quality, like the proper use of equipment. So if you do possess DIY skills and have oriented yourself with things unfamiliar to you, here are the steps to get you started in installing vinyl siding.
The first step is to measure the dimension of your home to know how much material you will need. Give allowances so you won't have to go back and forth to the shop for lacking supplies. You will also need other tools and materials. While you are still in the DIY store, you can opt to pick up fan-fold foam underlinement to add to your wall prior to installing vinyl siding for insulation. You would need to staple these and add seam tape to the actual seams. If you don't have these materials at home, it is best that you buy them when you are in the store. J channels are also essential along with roofing nails, starter strips, inside and outside corners, a hammer, drill (optional), tape measure, chalk line, circular saw with fine blade, utility knife, framing square, caulk and gun, cutting/sawing table, ladders and misc. You may need specialty tools like snaploack punch, nail slot punch and a zip unlock tool too.
Now that you have the materials for installing vinyl siding, the next step is to clear the surface of your home. The surface which the siding will be applied needs to be as smooth and solid as possible. In new homes vinyl siding are installed over the wall sheathing. In older homes, old sheathing must be removed first along with all other accessories mounted on the sides of your home. Unhinge what needs to be unhinged and dismount any obstruction that will hinder you from installing vinyl siding. This is also the time to seal any leaks and caulk all those cracks around your windows and doors.
When that's done, the next step will be to add the fan-fold foam underlinement if you bought any. These house wraps increase energy efficiency by adding insulation to your home. They also allow moisture to escape and give you a smooth surface to work with. These are where rolls are stapled on and you would then need some seam tape to seal the seams.
Now imagine yourself coloring a figure in a coloring book. To avoid coloring the outside, you first outline the sides of the figure using a chalk line, a nail, and a starter strip - all around the bottom of your house. This, your J channels, corner post and trim pieces are the outlines. These have channels where the end of your siding will rest. There are also details that need to be outlined. You would have to take care of these details before you can install your vinyl siding. Trim and install your corner posts, j channels, light blocks, front door cornices, vent accessories, arches, etc. There are special ways the trim must be cut and nailed. The manufacturer of the trim and siding usually provide guidebooks with instructions in proper installation, so rain water does not go behind the siding and trim.
You will have to work your way up in installing vinyl siding because the siding interlocks with one another. These are then blind nailed through slots found at the top of the siding. Aluminum starter strips must be installed parallel or level with the line as your siding goes up. Siding is pulled tight to the starter strip. Each successive strip also needs to be pulled tight so not to end up with a crooked siding. Temperature may cause siding to expand, and wind to rattle it, so it is very important that the vinyl siding be nailed properly.
This is just an overview of the work to be done in installing vinyl siding. Watch how-to videos and read more tips to get more details for a more successful installation.