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3 Vital Vinyl Siding Installation Tips

Vinyl siding installation is a reasonably simple task—often deceptively so. Those who undertake this task without adequately informing themselves about a few important details often find the process much more frustrating than anticipated. If you have plans to clad your home in vinyl siding, read on. This article will provide three vital tips to guide you.

Cap the ends of your corner posts.

Corner posts are used to protect the ends of the siding that meet at the corner edges of your home. Unfortunately, these corner posts often end up causing as many problems as they solve. While they do prevent water from working its way beneath your siding, they also provide convenient shelters for such unwanted pests as wasps, mice, and even squirrels.

Fortunately, you can prevent undesirable infestations by capping off the ends of your corner posts. First cut down the J-channel on your corner post by several inches. Now fold the two resulting flaps back and make a crease by gently tapping the fold with a hammer. The two overlapping flaps will effectively cover up the end of the post. If necessary, cut notches in the two flaps in order to allow the corner post to fit snugly against the wall.

Install flashing along the sides of windows.

A so-called J-channel is used where vinyl siding meets windows. Its purpose is to provide a point of attachment for the siding. Unfortunately, improperly installed J-channel is a frequent cause of window rot, and other expensive water-related problems. Even a J-channel that has been installed correctly can cause problems, as water that runs inside of it may come out behind the siding.

You can avoid this problem by installing either flashing or felt paper along the sides of windows before you install the J-channel. Use extra siding nails to firmly attach the flashing so that it overlaps the vertical row of siding sitting just below the window. This will ensure that any water running along the inside of the J-channel will spill out harmlessly on top of the siding.

Install long pieces of siding first.

Windows aren’t always located in a symmetrical position on a wall. That means that the siding on one side will be longer than that on the other. In that case, it is always best to begin by installing the longer side first. This will make it easier to align the two sides, since short panels are much easier to adjust. Measure the distance from a particular panel to either the top or the bottom of the window—whichever is closer—in order to ensure that the panels on either side are at an equal height.

For more information, contact local professionals like J K Home Improvement Siding & Windows.