How Do You Install Vinyl Siding?

A Technician Installs Vinyl Siding.

How do you install vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is one of the most versatile materials you can use to improve your home. It’s also one of the easiest to install. With the right tools, you can follow these simple steps to install siding.

  • Install the starter strip at least 1 inch below the foundation’s top. It’s better to install the siding as low as possible.
  • Cap the corner posts to prevent pests like mice and bees from nesting.
  • As you nail the siding in, apply some upward pressure to keep the panels locked tight.
  • Overlap top J-channels at the top of windows and doors to help prevent water from getting behind the side J-channels.
  • When cutting the siding, use a vinyl siding blade for a better cut.
  • Nails should be at least 2-inch galvanized roofing nails. Longer nails will need to be used if the siding has foam sheathing on it. Nails shouldn’t be driven in too tightly. The panels should be able to move back and forth.
  • Use felt paper to flash the bottom window corners.
  • The longest panels should be installed first. Panels should overlap by at least an inch.
  • When installing the J-channel, run it under the corner post for better drainage.
  • Where roofs and walls intersect you’ll want to install kick-out flashing for drainage.
  • Add some caulking along the top course and crimp it where it meets the soffit.

Although vinyl siding is easy to install yourself, to make sure the vinyl siding installation in Macon & Augusta, GA is done right, get in touch with the professionals at Crosby Roofing. We provide a full range of siding services. Give us a call at 478-785-2285

Vinyl siding installation tools

If you plan to install siding yourself, you’ll need the right tools for the job. Along with basic hand tools like a hammer, fine-tooth saw, square, chalk line, level, and tape measure, the following tools are invaluable to install vinyl siding:

  • A power saw with either a plywood blood installed in a reverse direction or a vinyl blade
  • A utility knife
  • Tin snips
  • A snap lock punch
  • A nail hol slot punch
  • A zip lock unlocking tool

What do you put under vinyl siding?

Before installing siding you’ll want to install house wrap. This is a synthetic material placed between the siding and sheathing to prevent air and water from leaking past the siding. It serves as a secondary barrier against water intrusion to protect the sheathing and the interior of the house.

Vinyl siding installation in cold weather

It is possible and sometimes preferable to install vinyl siding in cold weather. A big caveat when doing so, however, is that you should install the siding in weather that’s above 40 degrees. Lower temperatures create greater risk of the vinyl cracking and buckling. It will normally also take a longer time in colder weather, especially in an area with extreme cold like the Northeast.  On the other hand, it may be easier to book a contractor in the winter because they tend to have more availability in the winter. Rates may also be lower. In areas where summer heat reaches extremes, it may be best to install the siding in cooler weather because the heat can cause the vinyl to expand. If the vinyl is nailed in too tight when expanded, it can buckle when it contracts.

While siding can be installed in cold weather, the cold can adversely affect other parts of your home, especially your plumbing. Freezing temperatures can seriously affect your pipes, causing them to freeze and burst if not properly insulated. If this happens to your main water line, you’ll need to get main water line repair.

Vinyl siding installation on mobile home

Many newer mobile homes have vinyl siding installed on them. In time, those homes will need to have the siding replaced. If you have an older mobile home, it may have wood siding, and you might want to consider replacing that siding with vinyl. It will make the building much more structurally sound, secure and sturdy.

Does siding increase home value?

In general, adding new siding generally increases home value. The type of siding installed will affect the value differently. Because it is reasonably priced and easy to install, vinyl siding is frequently installed on homes. It can increase home value by as much as 78%. It’s comparable to other siding types such as fiber-cement, which is another popular type of siding.

Does new siding increase property taxes?

While adding vinyl siding will increase your property value, it may also cause your property taxes to go up. Any sort of remodel will do so because your property tax is based on your home’s value. So, even if your tax rate stays the same, expect to pay more in property tax if your home’s value increases.

How much does it cost to put siding on a house?

Cost to install vinyl siding on your home will vary. Much of the cost will depend on the size of your home. On average cost runs between $5,000 and $14,050, and vinyl costs between $0.90 to $2.50 per square foot. Other factors that will affect what a siding installation will cost are things like your home’s shape and whether old siding has to be removed. A home’s design could affect the cost, especially if there are features like turrets or multiple stories that make it harder to install the siding. 

Siding on a Home.

Vinyl siding installation near me

If you need vinyl siding in Macon & Augusta, GA let the professionals at Crosby Roofing help with installation. We offer multiple siding solutions to fit your budget and needs. Schedule services with us by calling 478-785-2285.