How do you install exterior siding?


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To install interior siding, place insulating and protective materials between the siding and the wall. The application of the actual siding depends upon the type used. Different techniques are required for vinyl, cement, wood and plastic siding. Start at the bottom and move upwards when installing square siding, using nails to attach it to the insulating material.

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How do you install exterior siding?
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Prior to installing the siding, place waterproofing tape around the edges. If using spray foam insulation, cover the entire surface with builder's felt or rosin paper, which are porous enough to prevent moisture buildup. For other types of insulation, using a plastic wrap is also an option. Always place drainage strips before nailing the siding to ensure proper air circulation.

Installing vinyl siding requires measuring for any irregularities on the house and cutting the siding to fit. Nail a starter piece at the bottom, and work upwards. Put nails into the siding straight, not at an angle.

Use a starter row of about one-quarter inch for cement siding as well. Pre-drill holes to avoid potentially damaging the brittle cement siding.

For plywood siding, install vertical strips starting at the most-visible corner of the house. Caulk plywood around apertures, and cover it with trim.

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