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Vinyl Siding Installation for Beginners

Vinyl siding is not too difficult to install if you have good DIY skills, the right tools and materials, and plenty of patience.

Preparation For Vinyl Siding Installation

The first step to a successful vinyl siding installation is to measure your house accurately so you can estimate the amount of materials you need. If you are unsure about how to measure your house, ask someone from the building materials supplier you are using to come out and measure for you. This service is often free. Your supplier should also be able to advise you on the materials you need. For example, vinyl siding installation requires siding panels, soffit panels, utility trims, starter strips, F- and J-channels, molding, nail hems, outside corners, inside corner posts, undersill trip, and door trim--all of the appropriate size and type. Getting the right materials in the right quantities is perhaps the most difficult part for a beginner. Professional advice at this stage allows you to begin your vinyl siding project confident that you are using the right materials. Now you just have to fit it together correctly!

Beginning Your Vinyl Siding Installation

Instructions on vinyl siding installation are available from most home centers or home depots as well as online. The starter strip is, as the name suggests, the first part you need to install--use a mason's line and line level to identify the lowest corner of the house, measure up from there to the height directed by the manufacturer, snap a chalk line around the house and attach the starter strip along the line. Then the trim needs to be installed around the doors, windows, and eaves. After that, vinyl siding is designed to clip together easily and securely, working up from the starter strip. Follow instructions carefully and you should get an impressive result.