How to Put Siding on Your House


Putting siding on your house is not an easy thing to do. You should not attempt this task unless you are an advanced do-it-yourselfer and have several days to work. It takes precise measurements to trim the siding correctly and your siding can be easily damaged if you do not install it right. Consider this fact before you attempt to complete this task on your own. At the least, get a couple of friends to help you, preferably experienced contractors.

Things You'll Need

  • Siding panels Screwdriver Tape measure or yard stick 5-inch nails Level J-channel Under-sill trim Hammer Utility knife Tin snip


  • Remove anything that is attached to the sides of your house, including lights, gutters and hooks. Put all of the hardware in the bucket so you can keep track of all of the small parts. Cut any plants that abut the house so they don't get in the way of your siding.

  • Nail furring strips (thin pieces of wood) to your house around all windows and the top and sides of all doors, separating each piece by 1/4 inch.

  • Go to the back of your home and kneel down so you can reach the very bottom of the current wood and nail your starter strip here. Use the level to ensure that the starter strip is straight since this will serve as the basis for all of the siding on this side of the house. (Starting on the back of the house will make it easier to hide any early mistakes.)

  • Nail the corner posts along each seam where two sides of the house meet. Attach the J-channel to both sides of each post and also above each window and door. (It is curved into a J-like shape.) Put under-sill trim beneath any horizontal eaves and J-channel beneath any sloped eaves. Place additional trim below your windows. (Trim is hollow and boxy looking.)

  • Check that all trim pieces are tight and then go back to your first starter strip at the back of the house. Start nailing in your main siding panels, going right to left and up the house until you reach the roof. Overlap your siding panels by 1 inch. (This helps you hide the seams.) Cut the siding as needed with your utility knife after first scoring it out with a tin snip.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can install your siding either horizontally or vertically.
  • Vinyl siding is fairly durable, but you need to use extra care when installing aluminum siding. It can easily dent if you use too much pressure. Have a friend hold the ladder for you when you are 4 feet up or higher.

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