What You Need to Know About Vinyl Siding Installation


While installing vinyl can be an ideal alternative to regular house paint, there are some important factors to consider before you get started. This article will cover what you need to know before tackling a vinyl installation project – such as how to plan your vinyl installation, and which prep work is needed beforehand.

What are vinyl sidings?

Vinyl sidings are very similar to vinyl siding panels. However, vinyl sidings are manufactured in the form of a “roofing” material, rather than flat sheet material. Vinyl sidings are installed as an “overlay panel” over the entire surface area of a house, rather than as individual sheets that can be applied to cover only specific areas of a structure.

What are the pros and cons of vinyl siding?

There are several benefits to using vinyl sidings over traditional house paint. One major advantage of vinyl siding is that it requires very little prep work. As long as the surface of the house is free of nails, screws, and other sharp objects that could puncture the material during installation, the material can be installed in just a few hours with little to no cleanup required after installation. Another major benefit of vinyl sidings is that they are extremely durable.

Is vinyl siding easy to install?

The answer depends heavily on the home itself. Vinyl siding is generally easy to install, thanks to its flexibility. However, vinyl siding does not adhere to each and every structure in the same way; there are certain situations in which installing a new vinyl siding system will be more difficult than normal.

How do you install vinyl siding?

There are three types of vinyl siding systems that are sold in the United States — wood shake, clay and cement. Vinyl siding is usually done on an entire house at once, but some homeowners choose to do a little bit at a time. Vinyl can also be installed over existing wood or metal sidings to enhance the appearance of an existing structure.

What goes first roofing or siding?

The process of adding new vinyl siding or a new roof to your home can be dependent on whether the homeowner already has an existing roof and siding. If the house already has a roof, then the new vinyl siding will be applied over top. For homes which have already been covered in wood, cement, or clay build-up (commonly referred to as “shake”), you’ll need to remove the existing material first so that it is ready to install overtop of any existing sheets of material.

How far should siding be from roof?

The distance that vinyl siding is from the roof is dependent on several factors, such as the weather in the area, the how far away from other structures it is located, and if it is a wood shake home. The best place for vinyl siding is generally a couple of feet away from any other structure that can damage the material.

How do I prep for vinyl siding installation?

Prep work for vinyl siding is generally quick and easy. Tips for prepping before installation are: clean the exterior of the house, apply a light layer of stain to the wood or metal sidings, remove any nails and screws from the surface of the house, and make sure electrical outlets can be used on both sides.

Install versus Remove Vinyl Siding

In some situations, installing new vinyl siding (or other types of roofing) may be more complicated than removing it.

Is it easy to repair vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is very durable and can be repaired with just about any home repair material available.

What is the cost of installing vinyl siding?

The cost of installing vinyl siding can vary drastically from one location to the next. However, on average, you’ll be looking at a few thousand dollars by the time you are finished. The overall cost will vary depending on how many sheets of siding you have to purchase and whether or not your roof has already been installed.

Vinyl and Foam Siding: Is there a difference?

Vinyl vs foam is an often-used question. Vinyl is a better material for most home owners. A lot of people feel like that vinyl siding is not as durable, but many people actually use this material because of its flexibility and great looks.

If you decide to move forward with installing a new roof or siding, contact a contractor who has extensive experience in the vinyl siding industry to make sure you get the most for your money.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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