As a homeowner, you do almost anything you can to protect your investment and keep it looking beautiful. One way to do both is by updating your siding with vinyl. It’s a great way to change the entire look of your home and add value to your curb appeal. If you already have vinyl siding and want to move a window, door, or add an addition don’t worry overly much about your vinyl siding being your biggest issue; vinyl is one of the easiest types of sidings to deal with and relatively easy to take down and reinstall. When you’re buying your siding, most manufacturers offer complete instructions on how to install your siding so be sure to read and follow those explicitly.
Here are a few extra tips on installing vinyl siding to make sure that the project goes as smoothly as possible:
Removing Your Old Siding
Removing your siding is a simple process that only involves one extra tool that you might not already have in your toolbox—a zip tool. This tool helps you unlock the vinyl pieces from one another so you can remove them. If your siding is very tight, move the tool around the locked edge and look for a loose area or go to the end of a piece. If your siding is old, it will be more brittle so be careful in the removal process if you plan on rehanging any of it.
Rehanging Your Siding
If you removed your siding to update a window, a door, or to make any other repair, but plan to rehang the same siding, make your process organized by numbering the pieces as you remove them. Label the position where they were on your home as well so you know where the pieces go when you’re ready to put them back up. There’s no need to make a simple update to a confusing puzzle with a few quick organizing tips.
Matching Your Siding
If you already have existing vinyl siding on your home and you are looking to match the color to buy new pieces, bring a small piece of your siding to a retailer; they should be able to identify the color and brand and direct you where to get more. Realize that siding color will fade with age from being exposed to the elements so you may not get an exact match.
Anatomy of Siding
Siding is meant to hang a bit loosely on your home to compensate for the changes in temperature making it expand and contract. Hanging your vinyl siding too tightly to the wall may make it buckle and break after a few years of wear. Also, be sure to have building paper behind your siding to prevent water damage from the elements and repair and holes in your building paper that is already up. It’s also safe to leave a ¼” gap on the ends as your trim pieces will be there to cover the ends and keep your job looking professional.
With these tips, help from family and friends with experience, and by following the directions outlined by the manufacturers, your siding project can be done in no time. The benefits of the beauty and protection vinyl siding will give your home will last for a long time.