Provision Remodeling offers low maintenance siding that comes in a wide range of designs for professional installation for builders, contractors, and remodelers across the country. With us, you have access to everything you need -starting from installation instructions and tips to special accessories and trim pieces – when installing the product. A contractor or remodeler can begin the project with confidence because of this reason. Here are some tips to consider when installing vinyl siding products.
The installed panels should be able to freely move from side to side. You shouldn’t nail them too tightly. Allow at least 1/32″ space between the nailing hem and the back of the head. Make sure you space the fasteners 12-16″ apart on center. when installing the siding panel, make sure you push it up from the bottom until the lock is engaged with the piece below. Reach up and fasten the panel into place without stretching it. Before finishing the top of the wall, perforate the cut edge with snap lock punch at least every eight inches. Make sure the tabs are facing outward.
Remember to leave 1/4″ clearance at all accessory channel stops and openings. This is essential for the expansion and contraction of the siding. If you are installing in temperatures below 40F, leave at least 3/5″ clearance. Don’t caulk the space between the J-channel and panels – inside and outside corners and other trims. Also, don’t caulk overlapping joints within the siding panels.
Do not nail the face of the siding. In fact, face nailing means driving a fastener through the panel – outside the center of the nail slot. Fastening at the end of the slot can result in permanent damage to the panel. You can lengthen the nail slot with a nail-slot punch if the necessity arises. Don’t nail at an angle because it can distort the panels and cause bulking. Hence, drive the fasteners in straight. Don’t stretch the panels. You should use upward pressure for the lock to become fully engaged. Once the lock is fully engaged, secure it allowing the panels to freely move.
Overlap the horizontal siding panels at least one-inch. Excessive overlapping can result in product failure due to restrictive movements. Use long enough fasteners to penetrate a minimum of 3/4″ into the base. When re-siding, removal of uneven original siding is essential. If new construction, you should avoid the use of green lumber as underlayment. The siding will be stable and straight depending on what lies under it.
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