Vinyl siding is among the most popular exterior home coverings in the United States. There are numerous reasons for this, but one major one is its affordability. Nearly every family who is planning to do an exterior remodeling project can afford basic vinyl siding. There are more expensive styles on the market, including textured vinyl siding boards and insulated styles, but generic vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive.
Although it is always best to have a professional crew hang your new siding, it’s good to have some knowledge of the installation process. This way, if you notice anything being done incorrectly, you can speak up and make sure the problem is fixed before it can cause serious damage. Furthermore, the more you know about the proper siding installation method, the easier it will be for you to have educated conversations with your Carolina contractor. Some helpful hints are provided in this guide.
Use a wide starting strip
The first siding strip that goes above the foundation of a house is known as a starting strip. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to choose the narrowest strip available to them to save money. This is not, however, a wise decision. The wider your starting strip is, the more it will protect your home’s foundation from moisture that could lead to crumbling and erosion. Most experts suggest using a 3 ½-inch wide starting strip for best results. Make sure your Carolina contractor knows your preference before your job gets underway.
Consistently make sure the siding is level
Not only will level siding function better, with no gaps for water seepage, but it will look significantly better for years to come. If you don’t see your installation team regularly checking to make sure your new siding boards are level, talk to them about it. As a general rule, siding should be checked for levelness every five courses. A course is a single row of siding. In the event that a particular course is crooked, it should be corrected before the team moves on.
Use the best nails for the job
When it comes to vinyl siding installation, not all nails are created equally. Reputable professionals use galvanized roofing nails that are a minimum of 2 inches long when they hang siding. Galvanized nails won’t rust and are specifically designed to hold up against the elements for as long an average roof’s lifespan, which is usually about 20 years. This just happens to be approximately the same amount of time that vinyl siding boards last!
Buy or rent a vinyl cutting saw blade
If you’ve never hung siding before, you might not be aware of the fact that there are specialized saw blades specifically for cutting vinyl. These blades have backward teeth, which offers a smoother cut than a traditional saw blade. If you notice your installation team does not have a vinyl cutting saw blade, voice your concerns and make sure one is purchased or rented before your project continues.
At Hatch Homes, we are proud of the siding installations we do in towns all around North Carolina and South Carolina. Our highly skilled crew does every installation correctly the first time around, so you’ll never have to be concerned about issues arising down the road. If you are interested in learning more about our vinyl siding services, call our offices to set-up a no-obligation consultation.