The truth is: vinyl siding is the most popular material being used in architectural structures exterior now. These days, more homeowners prefer vinyl simply because these are more durable and stay better looking for longer periods of time – especially if you compare these with the usual wood and aluminum siding. In fact, property owners who want to renovate their homes and buildings are replacing their old siding materials with this vinyl. Additionally, installing vinyl siding helps regulate the architecture’s temperature as well. Wood siding is not particularly cold resistant while aluminum siding works poorly in very cold climates.
Newer models of vinyl siding have that solid core quality which makes these materials stronger but more pliant than before. And because vinyl can easily be laminated over with colors and even “textures,” it is fairly easy to find vinyl sidings that will match the rest of the renovated structure. One more property of vinyl siding that makes it very popular these days is that there are now many manufacturers who create do-it-yourself or DIY kits, for easy home renovation fixes. These kits are relatively inexpensive, and may be used by almost anyone who has the DIY bug. However, there are certain issues you should take to heart before installing vinyl siding. Some of these issues are:
1. Always start with the proper tools. Nothing will make your life more difficult than starting this home improvement project with the improper or incomplete tools. Check to see whether you have safety gear on, and simple building tools like chalk (or any marker,) corner posts, hammer, J-channels, levels, measuring tape, starter strips, trim, window flashing, and the lot. Most DIY kits have a list of materials and tools you would need. Try not to substitute one material or tool for another, especially when it comes to nails and saw attachments. Also, follow instruction down to the tee. Skipping one or two steps is a big no-no. This will only make your work more difficult and the end results more than just a little screwy.
2. Prepare the walls. A little pre-op procedure will do you worlds of good. Try to clean and clear the walls of debris, loose plaster, and whatnots before cutting your sidings. Make sure that the exposed face is flat or relatively flat. You can use a level to measure the wall face. If there are problematic areas, try putting on a layer of underlayment to even things out. However, experts are recommending that green lumber should never be used in conjunction with vinyl siding. Green lumber has the tendency to warp, bend and sag, which will definitely affect the appearance of the outer materials later on.
3. To make sure that mold and mildew will not be a problem in the future, it is essential that weather resistant barrier systems are installed between the wall and the vinyl siding. Aside from keeping the moisture out, this also help regulate the architecture’s temperature from within. Plus, it also provides another layer of protection from the elements.
4. If you are renovating the entire house, make sure that you measure you the entire exterior of the house first. This will make the installation of the vinyl sidings look more uniform.