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Vinyl Siding- Some Must Follow Tips

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Have you recently thought of installing siding in your house, or have you planned of remodeling your house by changing the siding’s model? If your answer to the previous question is “yes”, then I would suggest you to choose Vinyl Siding. You may call a professional or install it yourself. I am pretty sure that some vinyl siding installation tips, which I’ve explained here, would come in handy. Do read and implement them.

  1. Don’t nail too lightly

This is a point that you should never forget, before starting the actual vinyl siding installation process. Installed panels should be fixed in such a way that it can move freely from side to side. Plywood or OSD sheathing are popular in many houses these days, so it is highly suggested to let the nail drive into the nailing slot, used to install the siding.

Experts recommend allowing at least 1/32” of space between the back of the head and the nailing hem. Two fasteners on the center should have the space of 12 to 16 inches, for an effective installation.

  1. Nail on the nailing slot- Center it

When you’ve planned everything regarding vinyl siding installation, you must have known that vinyl siding expands and contracts with the change in temperature. This trait of vinyl makes it a compulsion for the siding to move within the nailing slot. Don’t do so, and then the nailing slot will “bubble”.

It is both crucial and critical that the nail should be placed in the center of the nailing slot, as stated in point no. 1.

  1. Don’t overdrive nails

If you focus too much on not nailing lightly, you may end up overdriving the nails. Overdriving the nails prevent the siding from moving, due to the expansion and contraction of vinyl. Even the best of vinyl siding will look bad in your house, when nails are overdriven.

The goal that the professional should have in his/her mind is to have the siding hanging on the nail. Doing so lets the nail and siding move freely.

  1. Joints over windows- Don’t allow that

Two or more siding pieces are required to cover long walls in most of the cases. It is suggested that doors or windows of any kind should not be placed below the joints, i.e. joints are not to be fixed over doors and windows, during the installation process.

The reason behind renovation specialists suggesting the placement of joint is- to ensure safety of the siding during water leakages at doors and windows.

  1. Siding accessories- Utilize them

You can find several helpful accessories which can be used to prevent water leakages and interruptions. Mounting blocks for exterior lights, electrical outlets, and hose bibs can be a great example. You cannot simply drill a hole in the siding and screw the light fixture to the wall. Doing so is not the proper alternative in case of vinyl siding installation.

  1. Safety

I may have written this tip in the sixth place but it is the first and foremost thing you need to be aware of during siding or any other installation process. All applicable guidelines of the state and the nation should be properly followed, during the installation process of the siding.

Personal fall protection should be prioritized more during this case. To add on that, approved aluminum pump jack poles, toe boards, strong ladders, and handrails too can be used. What you need to make sure is that all of those safety items should be well maintained and kept damage-free.

  1. J- Channel

J-Channel is a manufacturing component of vinyl siding system. It has a “J” shaped channel to make the flanks fit into them. They are usually used around windows and doors, which make a weather-friendly seal.

To let the water not go behind the siding, J-Channel should be properly lapped at the doors and windows. In case if any amount of water is captured in the channel, it should be sidelined to the bottom of the door and window. Doing so lets the installed siding last long.

  1. Caulking

Every J-Channel used should be caulked and secured. J channel should be secured enough to make the siding installation effective and long lasting. Generally, this channel is either visible or concealed. You need to make sure that it is in place before moving to another area, where vinyl siding is to be installed.

  1. Warranty Callbacks- Avoid them

If you have hired few professionals to get the installation done, focus on the first time quality. You need to concentrate in getting things done in the first attempt. I personally believe that warranty callbacks are a way to see profits evaporating in front of you. Stay alert of their activities and don’t neglect your own part of supervising them.

  1. Flashing

There are a number of new techniques and ideas in use nowadays, to flash door and window heads, but nothing can beat the use of a custom made aluminum piece of flashing. Make sure that you use this technique during the vinyl siding installation process.

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