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Install exterior vinyl siding

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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 3 Days

Vinyl siding can be an inexpensive alternative to painting the home installing wood siding. It also can address problems with walls and add uniformity to the home. However, although it has the look of conventional siding the corners, windows, doors and utility equipment mounted on the walls cannot be evenly covered because there must be room for expansion. Nonetheless, vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors and installation requires simple tools.

Vinyl siding is normally delivered with installation instructions from the manufacturer. Following these instructions will prevent buckling caused by dilation and contraction of the vinyl due to temperature variations.


Tools and materials required


  • Carpenter's level

  • Circular saw (or fine-toothed manual saw)

  • Hammer

  • Mason's line

  • Measuring tape

  • Punch (to make nailing slots)

  • Safety glasses

  • Snap-lock punch

  • Square

  • Utility knife

  • Tin snips

  • Zip tool


  • Drips

  • Exterior corner mouldings

  • Galvanized nails

  • Interior corner mouldings

  • J-shaped channels

  • Vinyl siding

  • Vinyl siding undersill

  • Vinyl siding starter pieces

Before Assembly


Alignment is the most important action to insure quality installation. Carefully plan the layout so planks align perfectly with window and door casings.

Siding must be installed over a flat surface. Insulation material such as rigid foam insulation can be used to both provide a flat surface and an insulation factor before siding begins.

Caulk all cracks around windows and doors before beginning. Do NOT caulk in the spaces between the panels and the J-channel, corners or undersill.

Be careful not to stretch the panels.



• Drive nails through the center of the nail slots.
• Be sure to drive nails horizontally.
• Do not drive nails in completely so as to leave room for the siding to expand and contract with changing temperatures.

Cut the panels widthwise with a utility knife. To cut them lengthwise use a circular saw with a fine-toothed blade.


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