You finally had enough of the aluminum siding in your home and decided that vinyl is better. Good decision! The problem is that with the economy and all, you simply don’t have the budget to pay for a hired hand so along with your decision to replace your aluminum siding is a new found resolve to do it yourself. No problem. The steps are right here for you to do the job.
- Pick a fine time to do it. Since this is your first try to do this home improvement task, you had better prepare for the lengthy task ahead. A hired hand may do this without breaking a sweat but you aren’t a pro at this yet. So for starters, pick a fine day to do this. A day with weather that’s mild and dry is the perfect time to embark on this.
- Wear proper clothing. You’ll be working outdoors so don’t forget to dress comfortably with a hat and a tool belt so that you don’t have to bend down to retrieve tools from a toolbox. You also need to stay hydrated while working.
- Prepare your tools. You will need a retractable measuring tape, pencil, paper, vinyl siding, nails, claw hammer, foam, crow bar, and a first-aid kit on standby just in case you hit your hand with the hammer. Well, the latter isn’t so far-fetched since this is your first attempt at this.
- Get right on it. Measure the space on which you will install the vinyl siding. Use the retractable measuring tape and write down the exact measurement from end to end. These exact measurements are what you will take to the hardware store when you buy new vinyl sidings. Keep in mind that the person manning the hardware store will give you a recommendation based on the exact measurements that you took. You will be told that the vinyl sidings will not approximate these measurements. This is true. Rather, you will be given a set of vinyl sidings that are smaller than these measurements to give way for it to expand from natural elements like heat, wind, cold, and rain. In fact, later on when you install these new vinyl sidings, you will see that it needs to slide left to right for you to know that you had done a good job. Another option would be to detach one of the aluminum sidings to be taken to the hardware store for matching with vinyl siding.
- Get the aluminum siding off the wall. Or wherever the aluminum siding is placed e.g. near a bay window or a side door. Use the crowbar and pry each of the aluminum siding off the wall. Set aside.
- Take the nails off as well. The moment each aluminum siding is off the wall, you will see exposed nails lining the base on which the aluminum siding were secured. Use the claw hammer to remove these nails. You can reuse these nails later on when the new vinyl sidings are slid into place.
- Get the foam on the space. This will provide the barrier needed between the space and the vinyl siding. The foam is part of the entire package that came with your purchase of the vinyl siding. This foam goes on by simply positioning it like you would a frame. Leave it there on the space provided.
- Slide the vinyl into place. Another part of the package would be a starter strip. This strip will be your guide for the initial vinyl siding. This strip is positioned at the bottom of the space. Stick it into place and then slide the vinyl siding on that spot. Work your way up from there. Use a sliding motion working from left to right as you progress.
- Use the same batch of nails to hammer the vinyl siding into place. There will be slats for each vinyl siding. Choose the space at the center of each slat then with a hammer, nail each vinyl siding into place. When you’re done, check if each vinyl siding slides left to right as previously mentioned. This is indicative of correct installation. Again, this is to make allowances for changes owing to heat, cold, rain, and wind.
- Use your bare hands to wrap the edges into the slats. Position your hands below each vinyl siding and pull the edges and then press it back by wrapping the edges over the slats. Work your way from the bottom up until all the vinyl sidings have been wrapped over the slats.
Wipe down the finished project with a clean cloth. Project accomplished!