What To Expect With Vinyl Siding Installation

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 your siding installation 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.

Before Install – Full 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.

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5 Phases of Siding Installation

Phase 1 – 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.

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Phase 2 – 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.

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Phase 3 – Preparing for Installation

Before they can install vinyl siding, siding contractors must prep the home. This is the time when the contractors will remedy any damage found during the inspection phase. They will then cover the exterior of the home in board foam in order to provide extra insulation and energy savings, before wrapping the home in pro grade house wrap.

Then the windows and doors will be tended to, and trimmed with aluminum flashing. The flashing pieces require extra attention to detail during installation, siding experts are trained to fit siding around various window sizes. 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.

Siding prep

Phase 4 – 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.

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Phase 5 – 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.”

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.

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Do you offer siding installation near me

Pro Home Improvement is dedicated to providing our customers with the best vinyl siding installation experience. We provide our siding services all over Southeastern Michigan. We have helped homeowners from St Claire Shores to Ann Arbor. No matter where we install siding we never charge more for distance. We offer free siding estimates that include a full inspection.

Further information on siding styles and pricing is available by contacting us directly at 888-PRO-1998 (888-776-1998). You can also schedule a Free No-Pressure Estimate today!

What Our Siding Customers Are Saying

  • Each of the three "crews" demonstrated excellent skills and professionalism. The siding crew (Kaz, Stan, and Chris) offered good advice based on their extensive experience, fixing problems with the framing dating back to the original construction of the house in 1991. The gutter installers (Fred and, I think, Dave) took care of several special requests of mine, including downspout placement and extensions. Impressive attention to detail. Finally, Sam finished up the project, quickly reordering and installing replacement shutters (wrong gray) and crafting special caps for the eaves to improve aesthetics. My wife and I have had our share of difficulties with home renovations and upgrades in the past. This experience with PRO was truly a positive one.

    — Charles D in Rochester Hills, MI

  • I'll keep this short. Every step of this job was performed as should be expected by professionals. I used to do this type of work so I know what to look for. I asked the PM if I was going to get a good work crew for my job and he immediately said, oh yes, I have two guys and one is a metal trim artist. Well, he was certainly correct. The two guys doing my job did not hurry their work. They performed it with skill and care. I could not be more pleased!! If you get these two guys for your job, they do get hungry by the middle of the day and they love Jet's Pizza and prefer the Aloha version. Feed your crew! They will appreciate it! Lastly, the job site was cleaned up after every installation day. It was like they were never there. I will be needing a new roof in the near future. I now know who I'm calling first...

    — Gene in Lincoln Park, MI