How is Vinyl Siding Installed

A Technician Installs Vinyl Siding

How is vinyl siding installed

When it comes to protecting the exterior of your home, vinyl siding is cost-effective, reliable and durable. It is also easy to install. Below are the basic steps of vinyl siding installation. 

Steps to install vinyl siding

  • Install the siding from the foundation up starting with the starter strip. Wide starter strips are preferable.
  • Cap corner posts before installing the siding. This will keep mice, bees, and other pests away from the corner posts, where they like to nest.
  • As you nail the siding on, pull up the siding to keep the panels locked tightly.
  • Overlap J-channels that sit on windows and doors.
  • Use a vinyl siding blade to cut the siding properly.
  • Use galvanized roofing nails that are 2 inches long to nail the siding in. The nails need to be longer if the sheathing has foam on it. The nails shouldn’t be driven in tightly so the panels have room to expand and contract.
  • Felt flashing should be placed at the corner of windows before side channels are installed.
  • Longer panels should be installed first.
  • Panels should overlap by at least an inch.
  • When installing the J-channel, the corner post should be held up some to run the J-channel under it. This will keep water from getting trapped behind the siding.
  • Kick out flashing is installed near the roof.
  • The top course of siding is crimped and caulked where it meets the soffit.

While vinyl siding is relatively easy to install, to ensure it’s installed properly let the professionals at Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. help you with vinyl siding installation in Baltimore, MD. Our services can be scheduled by calling (410)-288-1633.

Can vinyl siding be installed in cold weather

It’s not impossible to install vinyl siding in cold weather, but if you can, it’s better to install in in warmer weather. When you install vinyl siding in cold weather be aware that because vinyl is a plastic product, it can become brittle and tough in colder temperatures. It also contracts by as much as ⅝ of an inch in cold weather, which can create problems in warmer weather when the material expands. This contraction can make a big difference when installing the vinyl siding.

Can you install vinyl siding over wood siding?

If you have wood siding on your home, but want to replace it with vinyl siding, it is possible to place the new vinyl siding over the wood. This process may require some preparation, including adjusting window and door frames. Your existing wood must also be in good enough shape to handle the vinyl siding. No mold or rot should be present. You will also need to add furring strips if the wood siding is beveled or lapped. You may also need to need to add a moisture barrier if none is present under the wood siding.

Can vinyl siding be installed vertically

You can install vinyl siding vertically as well as horizontally. In some cases, vertical installation has some advantages over horizontal installation. It gives your exterior a unique look, and has some advantages when it comes to waterproofing. It is also easier to clean than horizontal siding. On the other hand, vertical installation takes longer, and is usually more expensive because furring will need to be installed between siding pieces. This will prevent water from getting behind it.

What do you put under vinyl siding?

While you can install vinyl siding on its own, it won’t protect your home from water infiltration very well. You may wonder, “Do I house wrap behind vinyl siding?” The simple answer is “Yes.” House wrap is essential as a barrier to protect from water. House wrap is normally a lightweight material that goes between the siding and sheathing and is specifically used to protect your home from water or air leaks that get behind the vinyl and can damage your home’s structure and affect its energy efficiency.

How long will vinyl siding last?

Vinyl siding is extremely durable, but low maintenance. It’s also inexpensive  and easy to install. You can expect your vinyl siding to last anywhere between 20 to 40 years. It will resist temperature extremes and high winds, and looks as nice as wood or other siding types. While it lasts a long time, it is susceptible to fading and occasional cracking.

With simple cleaning, vinyl siding can last a long time. No matter how simple, maintenance should be a key to keeping all areas of your home lasting a long time. Plumbing maintenance is no different, especially in high use areas like your kitchen and bathroom. If you have plumbing problems in your kitchen and bathroom, you may need kitchen and bathroom repair from a reputable plumbing professional.

How much does it cost to put vinyl siding on a house?

Depending on the size of the house, the cost to install vinyl siding will vary. On average, however, you’ll spend anywhere between $5,000 to $14,000 to install the siding. Vinyl siding costs between $2 to $7 per square. Cost may be affected by the quality of the siding and the shape of the home. Simple box-shaped homes are generally easier and cheaper to side that a home with features like eaves or turrets or multiple stories. The time of year may also affect the cost. During peak installation times in the spring and summer, you may spend more than in the off season.

A Home With Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding installation near me

When you’re looking to install vinyl siding in Baltimore, MD, let the professionals at Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. help you out. We’re siding installation experts. Schedule our services by calling (410)-288-1633.