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Siding Installation Tips

January 18, 2017

siding installation tipsOne of Odds & Ends Home Improvement’s most popular services involves the installation of vinyl siding. We install these types of siding: vinyl, stucco, fiber-cement, wood, aluminum, steel and brick and stone siding.

Using a professional Farmville siding repair and installation service is recommended to ensure that the siding will stand up to the weather conditions in central Virginia. While the installation is not hard, it does require skill and knowledge to complete properly.

Here are some basic tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes while installing vinyl siding:

Step 1 – Cut Corner Posts

Cut an outside corner post, allowing a ½ inch gap below the top of the post and the eave of the house. Pro tip: prior to installation, be sure that you cap the posts; failure to do so can result in unwelcome guests such as mice and bees setting up residence within the post.

Step 2 – Cut Vinyl Siding  

All vinyl siding and vinyl soffit and fascia can be cut with tin snips, a circular saw with a plywood blade, or by scoring it with a knife and breaking it. Measure the length of siding needed. Mark and cut the piece to length. Use snips to cut through the flanges.

Step 3 – Install Corner Posts

Position outside corner posts 1/4 inch below the under hang (so it will be 3/4 inch below the starter strip) and loosely drive a nail at the top slot. After checking with the level for plumb, slip the post flanges behind the starter strip flanges. Nail them every 12 inches. If you need to stack posts end-to-end to reach the full height of the wall, cut ¼ inch from the bottom of the top post and position it so that it overlaps the lower post by 1 inch so it will shed water properly. Install inside corner posts in a similar way, with a ¼ inch gap at the top and hanging 3/4 inch below the starter strip. Check for plumb. Fasten the posts every 12 inches.

Step 4 – Make Chalk Line for the First Piece

Identify the lowest part of the wall that will be sided. Chalk a level line indicating the top of the starter strip. Align a strip about 3 inches short of the corners and drive nails into the centers of the slots. Drive the nails loosely. Where two strips abut, leave a ¼ inch gap.

Step 5 – Lay Top Strip

Snap a level chalk line for the first starter strip at the base of the wall, no less than 8 inches above ground level, after determining the lowest corner of the house. This is where the new siding will begin. This chalk line should be level and a consistent distance from the eaves or the top and bottom of the windows.

Step 6 – Attach the Starter Strip

 Now nail the starter strip to the house every 10 inches. When installing the starter strips, allow a 1/8-inch space for corner posts and J- channels for expansion. Keep ends of adjoining starter strips at least 1/4 inch apart to allow for expansion. Nail in the center of the nailing slots. If using insulation or backer board, shim if necessary to accommodate the added thickness.

 Step 7 – Attach Trim Piece

 J-channel ends should be mitered to fit two channels widths wider than the opening of the window. Attach this trim under the window. Side trim pieces should be cut and installed along either side of the window. Nail another trim piece in place on top of the window.

Step 8 – Install First Piece of Siding

Now you’re ready to begin installing the actual siding panels. Measure and cut the first piece of siding, installing over the starter strip. You’ll be working from the bottom up the wall starting with the first length of siding in place along the base of the wall.

Step 9 – Install Rest of Siding

Nail each siding piece, leaving about 1/8-inch gap away from the house. Overlay lengths of siding, lapping one length over the other about 1 inch.

As for which direction to lap, consider which angle will get the closer scrutiny. If the walk leading to the front door approaches from the left, a left-over-right lap will be less conspicuous.

Make a call to Odds & Ends Home Improvement to find a Farmville siding repair and installation contractor with the experience to take care of your home. We work hard to keep our services affordable to ensure you can make repairs when needed. Call us to learn more and request a quote to install or repair your siding.