Vertical especially vertical vinyl siding works well especially if you are looking to create some attention grabbing curb appeal. Also known as board and batten siding, vertical vinyl siding creates a look on the exterior which produces bold vertical shadow lines which effortlessly and effectively produce an early American architectural appearance. In addition to that, you can choose from a variety of colors to bring out the appearance you want.
Installing siding, isn’t much different from installing the horizontal siding, however, there are five vital steps you have to keep in mind in order to achieve the best look for your homes exterior. These are;
1. Use furring strips.
It is necessary to install furring strips every 12 inches before installing the siding. This will ensure that you have a level working surface and enough material for the penetration of nails or other fastening material.
Furring strips are basically long, thin strips made from nailable material like wood used in levelling surfaces. They provide base for other layer of material in paneling, insulation or masonry.
2. Start from the corners.
Starting the installation of siding from the corners of the house will make the work much easier and ensure the board fits properly. Starting from the corners will also ensure minimal wastage.
Before starting, be sure to measure the width of the wall to ensure that the last siding will fit trim at the end.
3. Use J-channels around doors, windows and eaves.
It is always recommended to install J-channels around the windows, doors and eaves of the walls that are going to have siding installed on them. Always ensure that the J-channel installed at the top of the opening extends at least a quarter of an inch over the edge of that particular opening. To facilitate water runoff, it is advisable to cut the top portion at the side and bend it over.
4. Establish the base line.
Before you start the installation, you need to have a starting baseline. You can use a chalk line and a level to make a horizontal so that all siding will be at the same vertical level.
5. Be sure to nail at the top.
As is with all vertical panels and accessories, the first nail should always go to the top of the siding. Leave about a quarter an inch gap at the upper and lower edges of the siding when nailing. Driving the first nail or fastening screw at the top of the vertical siding allows the siding to achieve its proper position while maintaining the gap at either ends for contraction and expansion while you proceed to fasten the other panes to the wall.
When installing siding, it is important to exercise utmost care. Wear protective clothing, gloves and shoes to prevent injuries. Use the right tools for the right job. Adhere to all the guidelines and do a background check on building codes that apply to where you are before starting the project. Whenever in doubt, it is always advisable to enlist the help of a professional home improvement practitioner to ensure you achieve a desired exterior structure for your home.
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