The Process of Siding Your Home

Have you ever wondered what the process would be to redo the siding on your home?  For this article we will review how to install vinyl siding.

Home vinyl siding

The first step you need to take once your home is ready to begin the siding process is to get all the corners and windows prepped.  You can get the corners (both inside and outside), as well as the trim around the windows or anything else you need framed.  The next thing you will need is a starter strip.  This will be the first piece you install as the siding actually grips it, starting at the bottom of the area needing the siding.  All the accessories, siding and starter strips have what look like perforated slots or holes.  You use these to ensure you are lining everything up evenly.  You also don’t want the vinyl siding to be tightened down too much, so these slots allow for a little sliding or wiggle room if needed.  Try to make sure you nail in the middle of the slots to ensure there is some wiggle room.

As the siding and accessories all come in pre-measured lengths (about 10 feet), you will need to cut and install pieces, which will overlap each other.  Pay close attention to which way you are installing these.  If you overlap one way you could see the ends really visibly.  However, if you overlap in the other direction the siding will lay flatter.  Think of a bird’s feathers that could get out of alignment if rubbed the wrong way, and how flat they lay when all going in the right direction.  You will really only need a pair of aviation shears to cut the siding and accessories to the correct lengths.  One tip to keep in mind, you will want to tack in to the studs, so once you locate these, mark them with a horizontal snap line.

Once you have your starter strip installed and your first piece of siding in place, tap your first nail in to place in the middle of the board.  This will anchor it and allow you the flexibility to continue working along the piece.  Every foot or so tap in another nail in to the slots in the siding.  The piece of siding you just installed will act as the starter strip for the next piece of siding.  Set your next piece in to place.  Lift up to snap it in.  Slide it down so it connects in to your corner anchor, and then nail it down in to place.

Another tip is to make sure you are using different lengthened pieces of siding so that you don’t end up with one big seam along your house!  Also, try to be consistent with the tension you are using with each piece of siding so it behaves all the same.  You will also want to make sure you are carefully measuring as you go along.  When you get to vents, windows, etc. where you will need to go around the item, this measuring will make sure you don’t leave your home exposed, as you will be measuring to fit.  Continue working your way up the side of your house piece by piece.  It is relatively simple work, but this doesn’t mean you should rush through it!

When you get to the bottom of a window or up at the top edge of the wall, you will need to either use a tool to clip the side to fit, or use some silicon to secure that top edge in to place.  Not too tough, but taking your time through it will ensure you have a quality finish to your home siding.

Written by Enrich Construction, the best service for siding Columbia MO has to offer.

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