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How to Install Vinyl Siding (page 2 of 2)

Vinyl siding is one of the most durable types of home exterior cladding. Installation is a fairly straightforward and easy process.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Attach Starter Strip

Nail the starter strip to the house every 10 inches.

Nail Starter Strips at 10 Inch Intervals

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Attach Trim Piece

Miter the ends of a J-channel trim piece to fit two channel widths wider than opening of window. Attach the trim piece under window (image 1). Cut the side trim pieces to length, and install them on either side of the window (image 2). Nail the trim piece in place on top of the window (image 3).

Install First Piece of Siding

Cut the first piece of siding to length. Install over the starter strip.

Cut Siding and Install Over Starter Strips

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Install Rest of Siding

Nail each siding piece so that it is not driven all of the way into the house. There should be a gap of about 1/8 inch (image 1). Overlay each successive piece of siding to cover the house (image 2). When planning to overlap siding, you may want to overlap the material so that the top piece is closest to the house’s front door (image 3). By overlapping away from the house, the siding appears seamless when looking at the exterior from the front door.

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