How To Install Vinyl Siding

Posted on: 16 July 2015

Vinyl siding is a great product that can completely alter the look of your home exterior. It is a relatively affordable remodel because vinyl is very affordable and the installation is not too costly. In fact, some customers even buy and install their siding on their own. This article will explain the process of installing vinyl siding so you can decide whether or not you can handle it on your own.

The Tools You Will Need

To cut vinyl siding you will want to buy or rent a compound miter saw. You can cut the vinyl most effectively with a normal wood saw blade. If you have a two story home, you will definitely want to rent a small scaffolding system to assist in the installation. It is possible to install vinyl on a single story home if you have a couple of 10' ladders. However, scaffolding will make the entire process much easier and quicker.

You will also need a power drill and power driver. The type and size of screws you need will depend on the existing sidewall of your home and the brand of vinyl. Refer to the manufacturer suggestions to see what fasteners will work best.

Lastly, you will need a long (at least 4') level. This is a relatively small list of tools and if you do need to rent a few items, it will not cost too much.

Installing the Vinyl

Vinyl siding is made to be very easy to install. Each piece of vinyl is made modularly so they can hang from each other. This means that you do not need to screw each plank onto the wall. Most vinyl siding systems have anchor pieces that are screwed directly into the existing sidewall. So, you use the level to put the anchor piece at the top of the wall and then screw it into place. Then, you can hang a dozen or more planks from that one anchor.

Each manufacturer will have a different rule for how many planks can be hung from a single anchor piece. For instance, a 12' wall might need an anchor piece every 4'. So, the wall would need 3 anchor pieces. Always start at the top of the wall and work your way down.

Compared to other types of siding, vinyl is very easy to install. It is lightweight and easy to cut. It is easy to see why many homeowners take on the installation of this siding replacement without any professional help.