Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding materials in the United States. Improvements upon the original technology have made vinyl siding more attractive and durable; and the product’s affordability and ease of installation are tough to rival. Vinyl siding is comprised of a series of rigid polyvinyl chloride channels and trim pieces, into which the more flexible vinyl siding panels are fitted. J-channel is installed along the sloping walls where the side of the house meets the roof gables. Then the vinyl siding panels are trimmed to fit into the J-channels.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Corrosion-resistant nails
Cut the J-channel to fit along the top of the gables beneath the rooftop. Use a hacksaw to cut the PVC J-channel to size.
Install the J-channel along the roof gables with corrosion-resistant nails. Drive the nails through the prefabricated nail slots that run along the length of the J-channel. Leave one-thirty-second- to one-sixteenth-inch of the nail shafts exposed to allow for the natural expansion and contraction of the PVC material.
Leave a quarter-inch between adjacent pieces of J-channel.
Cut the vinyl siding panels to the proper length and angle. Use tin snips to cut through the siding panels. Leave a quarter-inch of space between the end of each siding panel and the back of the J-channel to allow for expansion.
Attach the vinyl siding panels to the house frame with corrosion-resistant nails driven through the prefabricated nail slots along each panel’s top edge. Drive the nails directly through the center of each nail slot, and leave one-thirty-second- to one-sixteenth-inch of the nail shafts exposed.
Overlap adjacent siding panels by 4 inches. Work your way up, locking the base of each siding panel course to the top edge of the panel course beneath.
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