June 5, 2012

Tips On Vinyl Siding

HOW TO INSTALL VINYL SIDINGMinneapolis Vinyl Siding Advice

Have you ever wondered how to install vinyl siding in Minnesota? Vinyl siding installation is not as hard as you might think. Vinyl siding is made of PVC and is designed to withstand all types of weather with a very minimal amount of repair and maintenance. Vinyl siding usually lasts anywhere from 25-50 years. When you come to the conclusion that you need new siding, you have two choices. You can hire a Minneapolis siding contractor like Stinson Services,  to install the vinyl siding or you can do the siding installation yourself. You can save yourself a lot of money by doing the siding installation yourself but do you know enough to be able to install the siding properly? If not, you will be calling a Minneapolis siding contractor out to your house anyways to fix the problems you created yourself. Here at Stinson Services we specialize in professional vinyl siding installation. We have been doing this for years and our VSI certified installers take pride in installing vinyl siding in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. I’m going to give you some very generalized tips on how to install vinyl siding properly so you can avoid any disasters.

First, make sure your walls are flat and clean and free of as many obstacles as possible. Next, you will want to find the lowest point on the house. From this point you will snap a level chalk line all the way around the house. Nail starter strip around the building leaving 1/4″ between the butt joints. Install your corner posts. J-channel should be installed on doors and windows. Start with the sides and do the top last. Notch the J-channel so you will have a drip edge on the corners. Nail the under-sill trim under the windows. Now it’s time to install the siding panels. Start from the starter strip you installed earlier and work your way up. You should stagger your joints 4′ apart. At each joint you should overlap the panels about an inch. Every so often you should check to make sure your panels are staying level. Notch the panels around windows or other obstructions by using tin snips or a utility knife. If this makes your head spin, consider contacting the siding professionals at Stinson Services.

This is just designed to be an informative article to give you an idea of how to install vinyl siding. For more detailed instructions, please check with a certified Minneapolis siding contractor such as Stinson Services. If you do decide to install the vinyl siding yourself then I hope these tips will help you learn how to install vinyl siding. If you wish to have your siding installation done professionally please contact Stinson Services, 952-933-4510 or click here

Written By Thor Josefson