Vinyl siding is very durable, tough, and required minimum maintenance. In fact, all what you need is to clean the sidings using a hosepipe—just to keep them clean. What you need to understand about vinyl siding installation is that it is a good way to keep enhance the appearance of your house in a maintenance free method. Here are a few tips to assist you during vinyl siding installation.
Start from the Scratch
During vinyl siding installation, you can choose to leave certain materials in the house—if they are in good condition. However, you can also decide to take off every material in the house, start working on the sheathing, and cover it using a house wrap and foam. Then, proceed to install the siding.
Make Sure That the Starter Strip You Use Is Wide
The starter strip's bottom should be around 1 inch, just below the foundation's top. However, the lower you install the siding, the better. It assist in shielding the sheathing from snow, pests, and rain. Some suppliers sell the starter strips in two sizes: 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches. You can choose to spend extra cash on the wider strips and then start the vinyl installation a bit lower.
Cover the Corner Posts
Bees, mice, and all other types of pests like to create a habitat in the corner posts of vinyl sidings. Therefore, it is advisable to cap every corner post just before its installation as this helps in preventing the pests from getting in. To cap the corner posts, begin by cutting several inches at the J-channel section of the post. Then, gently fold the remaining flaps and then tap them using a hammer. Ensure that the posts are warm when performing this procedure to prevent them from cracking. You can let them lay under the sun for some time before you start folding them.
Pull the Siding Up While Nailing It
Some failures in the vinyl siding happen when the siding panels unlock. When this happens, it only requires a strong blow of wind to rip the panels off your house. Therefore, you should ensure that you apply some pressure on every piece as you nail it. This will help in keeping the panels in place tightly. Also, avoid powerlifting every piece or putting a lot of pressure while nailing the piece as this might cause it to break.
Overlap the Top Most J-Channels
It's nearly impossible to prevent rain water from leaking into the top most J-channel, particularly the one sitting on the top of the door or windows. However, you can easily stop the water from flowing past the J-channels on the side. All you need to do is to design a flap on the top most J-channels that overlaps with the channels on the side.