When it comes to installing vinyl siding, proper surface preparation is crucial. It is extremely important for exterior wall surfaces to be completely even. This will result in your new vinyl siding looking sharp and neat.
Tips For Installing Vinyl Siding
- Remove Fixtures, Shutters And Downspouts
First, remove shutters, fixtures and downspouts. If your home is older, make sure to replace wood that has rotten away and secure loose boards, wood trim and siding bu nailing them. Finally, if there are shrubs that are close to your house, then tie them back.
- Use Flashing
Use material, such as aluminium trim coil, that won’t absorb water suggests siding contractor, John McCarter Construction. Don’t forget to install flashing below, above and on the sides of openings that might allow water to seep through. This will keep water from getting into the opening.
- Install Furring
Strapping or furring should be be applied because this creates a base that is even. Don’t use no more than 16″ of wood furring on the centers. Also, you want to create an even surface by shimming low spots.
If you’re doing horizontal siding, then the furring should be installed vertically, or it should be installed horizontally if you are installing vertical siding. The furring should be installed along the sides of corners, door frames, window frames and on the bottom/top areas that you will be siding. Solid sheathing is a good alternative, but if you decide to use that, then apply it over the old surface.
- Use Housewrap
You might be required to use a weather resistant barrier on the sheathing. If you’re required, then use a housewrap. Make sure it adheres to building code before applying it.
The best time to install insulation is before you install the vinyl siding. All you have to do is install the insulation over your existing siding. You can also place it between furring strips or over them.
Finally, you need to lay the groundwork. Determine where the starting point will be and then use a piece of chalk to mark the starting position. Draw a line across the wall too because this will make it easier to keep things leveled. If necessary, plump the shim and corners.