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Replacing Vinyl Siding

When upgrading your house, it’s helpful to understand the process to be an informed decision-maker. Most people will choose to have a professional install vinyl siding since it can be a pain to figure out, and you can end up with costly mistakes. But knowing exactly how it works means you can hire the right person and understand their questions and processes. Here’s the overview of the installation process when replacing vinyl siding (contact us for more information).

Step One

It’s clean-up time! First, your siding professional will take the old siding off your house. You’ll probably need a dumpster to put it all in and for the bits of trash from the siding project overall. After he or she has cleared all the old siding away, they will need to thoroughly clean the surface of old nails and any remaining broken siding pieces or trim.

Step Two

Next, your hired professional will measure the first wall, using a chalk line to mark the areas where things will go. Then they will measure the trim and siding pieces. Finally, they will cut the pieces and prepare them to attach to the house.

Step Three

If present, the building paper or housewrap will be replaced next. Then the siding installation will begin:

  1. The starter piece is installed at the bottom of the house, where the concrete and the wood framing meet.
  2. The J-channel trim is installed at the top of the wall next to where the roof begins.
  3. The corners and the J-channel trim around the windows will be installed.

Step Four

Next, the first piece of siding will be locked into place, starting at the bottom of the wall. The bottom of the siding piece locks into the starting piece, and the top of the siding has holes through which it will be nailed into the wall. Then the next piece will be locked on and nailed right above. This process will continue until the project is finished.

Step Five

If there is a window on the wall, the siding must be cut to fit around the window. The final piece of siding will lock on the bottom as usual, but then instead of nailing the top, it will slip up into the J-channel trim that was previously installed at the top of the wall.

Step Six

Final clean up time. Step back and admire your new siding!

If you’re ready to re-side your home, reach out to your local siding contractor, Peak Custom Remodeling, for a professional consultation.


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