The popularity of vinyl siding has become unprecedented that in the United States alone, production of this material has reached more than two billion square feet each year. Many people prefer vinyl siding in their homes because of its many benefits. It increases the value of a home, is very effective at protecting the exterior of the roof from harsh weather conditions and it adds beauty to the overall façade of a structure.
It is very important that vinyl siding is properly installed to gable. Unfortunately, there are many installers out there who lack skill and training. You should have knowledge on the proper way of installing vinyl siding so that you know what to demand from the installer. Or better yet, you can do the installation on your own. Learn how to do the job by reading these tips:
- Prepare the following tools: chalk line, tape measure, J-channel, hammer, level, knife, tin strips, framing square, circular saw (with fine blade), drill, work table (for cutting and sawing), nails, staple gun, roofing paper and vinyl siding.
- Prepare the surface. The surface on which the vinyl siding will be installed should be clean, smooth and leak-free. It must also be solid with no holes or cracks. Caulk all the cracks and mend every broken frame to make sure everything is tightly sealed.
- Make a guide for the installation. Use the chalk line in marking the gable from end to end. These markings will serve as your guide to make sure you have a straight line.
- Fasten a J-channel on the line. To determine the thickness of the J-channel, you need to take the measurement of the vinyl siding first. Nail the J-channel on the wood panel with flat head nails.
- Attach the roofing paper to the gable. Do this by working your way from the bottom up. Overlap the first piece of roofing paper with the J-channel. The roofing paper should be securely fastened to the channel. You might need more roofing paper, depending on the height of the roof. Should you need more paper, see to it that the second sheet overlaps by six inches. Staple the paper with a half-inch staple wire.
- Be ready to install the vinyl siding. Measure the angles and circular corners of the roof. On a worktable, cut the sides of the vinyl (with a circular saw) to make angles following the patterns on your roof. Be sure the angles you make on the vinyl sidings will perfectly fit the angles on the gable.
- Install the vinyl sidings. Again, work from the bottom to your way up. The first vinyl siding should be installed on the J-channel. The next piece should be laid above the first piece and so on with the rest until you have completely installed up to the top. Each vinyl siding should overlap each other for at least an inch. Secure each siding with one-inch roofing nails.
Under extreme weather conditions, vinyl sidings can crack, fall or be blown away. Hence it is important that the nailing procedure is given utmost care. Improper nailing will result to loosely installed sidings and when a strong wind brought by a storm or hurricane comes, the vinyl sidings will certainly fall apart.