How to Install Vinyl Siding

Installing vinyl siding can be an easy task. You should keep in mind, though, that the exact procedures may vary from one vinyl siding product to another. Below are the general steps in installing vinyl siding.

  1. Prepare the area. Temporarily remove any item that will hinder the installation. These may include downspouts, shutters, and lighting fixtures. Remove the caulking from the old siding’s junctions. If you have trees near your home, tie their branches back so that you would have ample room to work in.
  2. Find your house’s lowest corner. You will need a mason’s line and a line level for this process. From that corner, measure the distance indicated in the vinyl siding package. Use the said information to make a chalk line for the installation.
  3. Install the starter strip around the bottom of the house. Use the chalk line to guide you through this process. When you see that two pieces would hit each other, allow a ¼” space between them.
  4. Install the inner and outer corner posts. Provide a gap of ¼” at the eaves. Let the posts extend below the old siding’s bottom.

  5. Install the J-channels. Do this at each side and across the top parts of doors and windows. Afterwards, install the J-channel for the sloped eaves at the walls.
  6. Install the siding panels. Begin at the starter strip. Make sure there is enough space between the joints. You should make the panels overlap at each joint. However, see to it that the overlaps are hidden from heavily used areas and entrances.
  7. When you have finished the installation, check the panels if they are level and even.