Vinyl siding is one of the most popular means of protecting homes and buildings from weather damage. It also protects from pest invasions and can help keep utility bills low. With all that it does for your home, it is important to ensure that the installation of your siding project is clean and professional.
Before choosing a professional to install vinyl siding on your home, you may want to know what the installation process entails. We have summarized the entire process in 6 phases.
Phase 1 – The Inspection
The siding contractors will begin with an exterior inspection. This is when they will measure all the areas where they will be installing the new siding. During this time they will also be inspecting for any hidden damages which could affect the project. The weather has a way of creating areas around your home that the contractor will need to repair before vinyl siding can begin. If they discover any damage beneath your existing siding, the contractor will make recommendations on how best to remedy the situation.
Phase 2 – Material Delivery
Once the contractor has had a chance to conduct a thorough inspection, it is time for delivery of the chosen materials.
To facilitate delivery of vinyl siding, make sure to have an area cleared where the siding will be easily accessible. It should be an open area that is not too far from your home. This will help the contractors to work more efficiently.
Phase 3 – Removal of old siding
After the delivery of all siding materials, it is time to remove and dispose of the old siding.
In addition to having an open area for material delivery, it is also helpful to have space prepped for discarded materials. Providing a designated space where contractors can temporarily store old siding is another way to help make sure your project goes smoothly. At the end of the removal phase, the contractor will transfer all discarded materials to a disposal site.
Depending on the contractor you choose you may be responsible for the transportation of discarded materials to a disposal site.
Pro Home Improvement’s contractors have dumpsters on-site for quick cleanup of the entire work area. We pride ourselves on leaving all project sites as clean as we found them.
Phase 4 – Preparing for Installation
Before they can install vinyl siding, siding contractors must prep the home. This process starts with the measuring and cutting of corner posts. Then, they begin to cut each siding panel to size to fit the area on the exterior of the structure. Each vinyl panel is marked and cut according to measurements. This is also the time when the contractors will remedy any damage found during the inspection phase.
Phase 5 – The All Important Corner Posts
Siding contractors will use a pneumatic nail gun to nail corner posts into place, making sure they are even and fastened at 12-inch intervals. You may also see them using a chalk line across the side of the structure’s exterior to ensure vinyl siding creates clean and even lines around your home.
Phase 6 – The Installation Begins
The most intriguing part of observing vinyl siding installation is the point at which they start placing siding. The process begins with a top strip. The contractor, ever mindful of accurate placement uses a level guide to make sure the top strip is perfectly level.
A starter strip is then nailed to the structure every 10 inches, and the installers will miter trim pieces at the ends of the “J-channels.”
Trim pieces require extra attention to detail during installation since they fit around windows and doors. Siding experts are trained to fit siding around various window sizes.
In the case of vinyl siding, the pieces of siding are bent and cut using a siding brake. This kind of installation equipment is crucial to getting a clean and professional looking result. The machine is portable and has a bending plate, a clamp, and leading edge. It is mainly used to bend and cut flashing, fascia, and soffits.
Finally, it is time to install the first piece of siding. The initial section is attached to the house while leaving a 1/8inch gap between the siding and the house. Each following piece of siding will overlap the siding placed before it. This process helps create a seamless look for your home’s new exterior.