Vinyl sidings are popular building materials when it comes to external board sidings. There are certain tips and tricks which you should keep in mind for installing vinyl sidings. Otherwise there are chances of pests making their homes in corners, or water seeping behind the installations. This in turn can lead to more maintenance or a quick wear and tear of your vinyl sidings. Below are some ways in which you can perfect Vinyl Siding Installations.
- Cap the corners of vinyl posts
Vinyl corner posts can be a home to pests like mice and critters. To avoid the same, it is advisable to cut off a few inches of the J-channel portion of the post before installing it. Then fold back the remaining flaps and notch the flaps so that the post sits snugly.
- Overlap the top J-channels
To prevent water from getting behind the J-channels, you should create a flap in the top J-channel that overlaps the other J-channels.
- Install the longer panels first in vinyl sidings
Since longer panels are less stretchable than shorter ones, it is always wise to start installing from the side of the door or window that needs longer panels. Smaller panels are easier to adjust but not longer ones in case of a mismatch in height etc.
- Install kick-out flashing to prevent water rundown
At first, you should slide the first panel behind the kick-out flashing which is kept loose. Then the flashing should be nailed to the wall and the next piece lapped over it. Keep a small trim nail handy in order to hold the siding seam tightly.
- Pay close attention to the top course
The area where the top row of siding meets the soffits needs special attention. Crimped sidings and blobs of caulking added inside bottom lip of top course is always desirable.