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Vinyl Siding Installation

By Karen Lawson

There are a lot of important rules you should follow when installing vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is made of PVC. This can expand and contract under different weather conditions. Therefore, vinyl siding installation also includes five major rules that must be followed.

Rule Number One in Vinyl Siding Installation: Place the Nail in the Correct Position

Always nail in the center of the slot. This will allow the vinyl siding to move in both directions.

Rule Number Two in Vinyl Siding Installation: Nail Loosely

When nailing the vinyl siding, you should never nail the piece too tightly. A test to see if the nail is loose enough is that you can slide the piece back and forth once it is nailed.

Rule Number Three in Vinyl Siding Installation: Always Create a Nail Hole

You should never nail through the actual siding. There are special nail hole punches that will create slots in the vinyl siding pieces. Be sure to use this tool. By nailing through the siding itself, you take away any room for expanding and movement.

Rule Number Four in Vinyl Siding Installation: Give the Siding Some Space

Leave room between the panel pieces. You should leave about ΒΌ of an inch between the J-channels or corner posts and the other pieces.

Rule Number Five in Vinyl Siding Installation: Let Them Hang Loose

Be sure not to pull the vinyl siding pieces too tightly when you are installing them. Again, they need room to contract and expand. They should hang loosely once they are installed.

Knowing and following some of the tips of the trade can help make your vinyl siding installation run smoothly.

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