3 Helpful Tips When Installing Vinyl Siding

The installation of vinyl siding, while time consuming, is a basic enough task that many homeowners feel capable of undertaking this task all on their own. Yet those who don't arm themselves with adequate knowledge often end up with problematic results. If you would like to learn more about vinyl siding installation, read more here and below. This article will present three key tips to ensure attractive, long-lasting results.

Opt for the widest variety of starter strip.

Part of what makes vinyl siding so easy to install is that each successive layer simply hooks on to the one below it. This minimizes the amount of fasteners that have to be used. However, there still has to be something for the very bottom layer of siding to attach to. This duty is performed by a metal starter strip.

The starter strip is nailed to the bottom of the wall in such a way that it overlaps with the foundation below it. This allows the siding to also cover part of the foundation, preventing rain and unwanted pests from working their way in below the siding. Starter strips come in a wide variety of sizes, with the wider ones being generally more expensive. This expense is well worth it, as a wider strip will orient your siding slightly lower, thus offering a greater degree of protection.

Pull the siding upward as you nail.

A majority of vinyl siding problems are caused by panels that shake loose from one another, exposing the vulnerable wall beneath. Once one layer of siding works loose in this way, it becomes much easier for others to follow. Before long your siding may be scattered uselessly across the yard.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to avoid problems caused by overly loose siding. While nailing in the top of each strip, push it upward. This will ensure it is tightly locked to the panel below it—and that it stays tightly locked down the line. Be gentle when raising the vinyl, however; forcing it too hard can cause the nailing flanges at the top of the siding to crack or break. 

Use an appropriate blade when cutting vinyl siding.

Any vinyl siding installation project will involve cutting certain pieces down to the appropriate size. A circular saw is the perfect tool to accomplish this task. However, it is vital that your saw is armed with the right blade—one designed specifically for cutting vinyl siding. Blades meant for wood have much coarser and widely spaced teeth; this will lead to vinyl that is jagged, cracked, or shattered.