House Cladding Installation Tips

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Vinyl siding is one of the most popular options for sprucing up your home’s exterior. It comes in a variety of styles and colors, which gives you the freedom to personalize your home and create the look you want. 

However, in order for your vinyl siding to continue to serve you well for decades to come, it’s important that you install it correctly. Siding installation is best done by a professional, but it also helps to know the different steps involved in the process. This way, you can ensure that the job is done correctly. Here are some of the most important tips to keep in mind during your vinyl siding installation.

Prep Work for Your Existing Siding

If you will be installing your new siding over the old one, make sure to nail down loose boards and replace rotten ones. Scrape off loose caulk and re-caulk around your doors and windows to protect them against moisture penetration. Moreover, don’t forget to seal all the cracks to make your home airtight.

Measure Your Siding Properly

There are two different types of siding you will work with during the installation process – regular siding pieces and trim pieces. Measure the height & width of exterior walls in feet, then multiply these two numbers to get the area. Next, measure the triangular parts of the walls by multiplying half the height in the triangle by the width. This will give you the area of the triangle. Finally, measure any irregular parts of your home, such as alcoves.

Sheathing for Vinyl Siding

Ensure a flat, nailable surface for the vinyl siding by applying weather-resistant sheathing over your old siding. Make sure to use high-quality sheathing that has no buckling or warping. Oriented strand board (OSB) is considered the most popular choice of wall sheathing material because it’s serviceable and more affordable than other options.

Furring

“Furring” is another way you can ensure a flat, nailable base for your siding. This involves adding spaced 1×2 strips, called “furring”, across the walls and around the perimeters. Then, put small pieces of shingles behind the furring strips. This will even out the surface for you. Take note that if you have horizontal siding, you need to apply the strips vertically. And if you have vertical siding, the strips should be applied horizontally.

Maintenance

Once you have your siding installed properly using the tips above, the final part of enjoying the beautiful look for many years to come is maintenance. Vinyl is relatively easy to maintain, which is another reason why it is so very popular among homeowners. All you need is a little soap and water to keep the siding clean and attractive. Don’t use a pressure washer as this can damage the siding; do use a hose with a nozzle and be sure you spray your siding from the top down and not from the bottom up. For a little extra help removing grime, consider using dish soap. If mildew or mold is present, you can add a little oxygen bleach.

Vinyl siding is affordable, attractive, and easy to maintain, and that’s why so many Americans turn to it when it’s time to remodel their home exteriors. However, in order to get the best possible results, it’s vital that you follow the tips above for the perfect installation.

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