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Millions of homeowners have discovered the value of having vinyl siding installed on their home. In addition to making the home look brand new, it also is cost efficient in that you do not have to paint the home every year and the exterior of the home is protected. There are a number of different types of home siding available and they come in all different designs and colors. The one drawback to vinyl siding is that it can leak, especially if not installed correctly.

This leakage occurs when the panel overlap was not done properly and there are small gaps where rain or snow can get inside. You will even find that many vinyl siding manufacturers drill small holes at the bottom of the siding called �weep holes� to allow any water to escape. For this reason, before the siding is installed, the best quality tarpaper or house wrap should be used. Additionally, the windows and doors should be flashed so that water is directed out just in case it makes its way past the casing or flanges.

For the installation of vinyl siding, the first thing that needs to be done is the trim, which is what hides the edges, ends of panels, and holds things together. For example, underneath the windowsill, under-sill trim is installed. This trim will grasps onto the top edge of the siding panel and adds protection. A J-channel will take hold of the ends of the panels where they come up against the windows, walls, or doors.

Vinyl trim is known by three specific names, soffits, fascia, and corner board. The high trim will be installed first. Typically, the contractor will bend an aluminum coil stock onto a sheet metal brake so it can be wrapped around the face and bottom portion of the rake board. The rake board is then furred with a board narrower to create the needed space for the ends of the siding. Next, the soffit is prepped for installation. A sub-fascia is installed along the tail of the rafters or trusses, the soffit panels are hung, and the fascia hung onto that. The spot where the soffit panels meet the wall are supported by J-channels, under-sill, or window casing.

When the rakes and soffits are complete, the corner boards are installed. These boards are hollow and very flexible, which can make the nailing project difficult in that they need to be perfectly straight. You can snap a chalk line on both sides of the corner, which will help you line the corner board up. Nail the corner board first at the top. Then with sheet metal snips, you want to cut the flange back at the place where it flushes with the soffit trim. Then two nails are added to each side of the corner board and set. The nails help to lock the board into place so it does not move upward into the soffit. Once done, the remaining nails are hammered into place about 12-inches apart. By doing this in the middle, the boards will have enough room to expand.

Once all of the corner boards are in place, you finish the nailing. At this time, all of the prep work is done except for the window trim. Once the prep work is done, the rest of the project will go quickly. Foam or plastic will be installed around the doors and windows, decorative trim is added over the spacer, the door is trimmed, and then the siding panels are aligned. The goal of a quality contractor will to make the vinyl paneling look natural. Although the alignment portion of the project is by far the most challenging, when done right, the vinyl siding on your home will look amazing. For this reason, on new homes under construction, good contractors will plan the vinyl layout before the house foundation is even poured. This results in the panels looking like clapboard and stunning.

Before you choose any contractor to install vinyl siding on your home, ask for homes where they have performed their work and then drive by to look and talk to the homeowner to see if they are happy. References and years of experience are the best ways to ensure your vinyl siding is perfect.
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