What Are Some Tips for Siding a Home?


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Some tips for siding a home include using a wide starter strip, capping the corner posts and buying a vinyl-siding blade. Further, flashing the bottoms of windows, installing longer panels first and not trapping water behind corners is recommended.

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The bottom of the starter strip should be at least one inch below the top of the foundation; however, the lower the better. While most starter strips come in either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch sizes, choosing the latter is worth the extra money as it better protects the sheathing from rain. Capping the corner posts is a good idea because mice, bugs and other animals like making them their home. The posts will crack if they are not warm, so place them in the sun or in the home before working on them.

Using a wood blade on vinyl siding can cause the siding to shatter. For this reason, buying a vinyl-siding blade is recommended. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is easier to use and less dangerous. Install longer siding panels before the smaller ones because they don't stretch as much as the smaller ones, meaning if a mistake is made, the panels are much harder to adjust.

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