Do-It-Yourself Vinyl Siding


Vinyl siding is maintenance-free siding that is constructed of pre-colored plastic vinyl. Vinyl siding is available in several colors and textures to create a wide variety of appearances. The top edge of the siding is equipped with nail slots so roofing nails can be placed by hand or with a pneumatic gun. A looped end is located at the bottom of each course of vinyl siding. It can be hooked into the previous course so it sits tightly against the wall.

Install Foam Installation Panels

  • Install foam insulation panels around the home using roofing nails or nails equipped with washers. If covering old siding or sheathing, use rigid foam contoured to match the old siding to ensure proper installation.

Install Corner Trim and Base Strip

  • Snap a level line around the lower perimeter of the building for a base line height. Install the corner trim and the base strip.

Install Door and Window Trim and Fixture Housings

  • Secure metal drip caps over all door and window top casings for water protection. Install vinyl trim over the metal drip channel and around the doors, windows or any other fixture that will not require siding. Use prefab vinyl fixture housings to cover electrical boxes, light fixture mounts and other fixtures that require covering to match the siding.

Siding Installation

  • Install the first course of siding. Leave a small gap between the nail head and the vinyl siding to allow the siding to move when it expands and shrinks due to heat. The bottom lip will overlap and hook under the base strip. Overlap the butt ends of the siding by a minimum of one-and-a-half inches to provide adequate coverage. Repeat this process until the entire wall is finished.

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