Vinyl Siding: DIY Tips For How To Install
There are good reasons for vinyl’s growing popularity. Manufacturers have spent 30 years improving its appearance and durability, while we’ve crammed more and more activities and work into each week. Today, more than ever, we’re inclined to focus on the gift of time that a low-maintenance product represents. And the more we see vinyl being installed, the more acceptable its peculiarities become. To a great many homeowners these days, vinyl is a reasonable response to modern times.
Considering using vinyl siding on your new pole building? Here are three helpful tips to keep in mind.
Each piece of siding has nail slots along the top edge. Every fastener needs to be placed in the center of a slot. Nailing on either side will only allow the siding to move in one direction. It is important for the siding to move freely in either direction, depending on how your building moves with temperature changes. Another note to keep in mind, you should be leaving 16″ between fasteners; they are not in every nail slot.
Intuition says it would make sense to fasten your vinyl siding as tight as possible – this will prevent it from falling off the wall. Nothing can be further from the truth. Vinyl siding will expand and contract with temperature. If fastened too tightly, it won’t have the ability to move and will buckle or become wavy. Make sure to leave 1/32″ between the nail head and the siding (about the thickness of a dime). If you don’t follow this fundamental rule, your siding will buckle!
Do not face nails through vinyl siding. Face nailing is exactly as it sounds – the fasteners are driven through the face of the siding rather than through the slots. This will prevent the siding from moving freely. In addition, face nailing will cause waves to ripple through your siding, which is not pretty. Once again, this is necessary because your siding will expand or contract with temperature changes.
Most importantly, if you hire the work done, look at how it is installed to ensure these tips are being followed.
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