How to Install Vinyl Siding

It’s all now easy in installing the vinyl siding. Take a note at the following to know it and try yourself to do it as mentioned in this. Existing home owners will like vinyl replacement sidings for all those reasons, plus it gives all their homes modern up dated appearance, eliminates need for house paintings, and relatively handy home owner can install vinyl sidings themselves or with help of couple of friends.


  • Ensure existing surface is smoother and in a good repair. This will be time to replace the old caulking and then replace, repair any damaged one or the rotting wood.

  • Consider installing extra insulation under vinyl sidings. Foil backed for insulation provides a moisture barrier to increase insulation value of home providing smooth surface for vinyl siding.
  • Installing furring strip will help hold insulations in the places as well as providing a solid nailing surfaces.
  • Trim Piece Go on First
  • Installing a vinyl siding requires the trim piece for wall be installed as before walls are all covered. Trim need to be installed where ever vinyl sidings come in contact with something else (windows, doors, another, wall dryer vents).
  • The siding installation will begin with a starter strip. This piece of vinyl sidings which runs all around house and holds a base of first course of sidings tightly to walls.
  • Measure the top plate else soffits at each corners and snap the chalk line between marks. Install a starter strip along chalk lines, nailing in center of nailing slots at a 10 inches intervals. Leave 1/4 inch gap between ends of a starter strip sections allowing expansion.
  • Install a J-channel around the windows and the doors to receive vinyl siding course. Install a bottom piece first then side and then finally top. Miter corners at 45 degrees angle at top piece over lapping sides so moisture will be directed from window.
  • Install inside corner posts and the outside corner post as necessary, following walls.

Installing Siding Panels:

  • First panel at bottom needs to be installed to be locked securely in to the starter strips. Push panel up until inter lock is engaged with a starter strip, and then fasten it in a place. Put nails for every 16 inches in center of nail slots.
  • Install first courses on wall, then work way up wall, by installing panels by inter locking them to course below.
  • Overlap the horizontal panel by at least a 1inch. Measure and then cut horizontal panels such that they will be at least a 1/4 inch away from the windows and at corners. The ends must be tucked under trim pieces and gaps will not be noticeable.
  • Offset ends of siding pieces such that no 2 courses are all aligned vertically. While overlapping sidings, ensure factory finished edge to be exposed.
  • Check for every 5 or 6 courses to be sure of you are installing siding level.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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