How Do You Install Vertical Siding?


Quick Answer

To install vertical siding, measure the wall where siding is to be installed, including widow areas. These measurements aid in calculating the amount of material needed. Inspect the wall from different angles. The surfaces should be straight, level and uniform. Install weatherproof barriers beneath the panels.

Continue Reading
Related Videos

Full Answer

Vinyl siding expands up to 3/8 inch in hot weather. To avoid unattractive results, store siding in a room with a temperature not greater than 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the siding can move from side to side when installed. Don't force the panels upwards or downwards when installing. Only use curling lumber for underlayment. Also, leave a 1/32-inch space between the nail and siding when nailing.

Cut siding panels based on the initial measurements with tin snips, or use a utility knife to make a score mark, and then turn the vinyl face up and snap it in half. When cutting panels with a circular saw, use a blade with fine teeth and install it backwards.

Position and secure the siding panels in place with fasteners. The fasteners should penetrate 3/4 inch of the trimming. Use corrosion resistant fasteners for vinyl siding such as staples, nails or screws. The crown width of staples must allow the siding to move freely. Screws for siding installation must be self-tapping. Only use nails at least 5/16 inches long and a shank diameter of 1/8 inch. Stainless steel fasteners are only suitable for aluminum trim.

Learn more about Home Maintenance

Related Questions