Vinyl Siding Hints

June 10th 2002

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you tackle your vinyl siding project:

Colour – Lighter colours tend to be the easiest to live with because there is less expansion at the seams and butt joints. Darker coloured vinyl attracts more heat and is therefore more subject to expansion and contraction.

Nailing: When nailing, don’t set the nails too tight. Allow enough tolerance to enable the nail to move within the slotted nail holes on the siding.

Overlap: Always overlap with the seams facing away from the sight line. Start from the furthest point and work towards the side that your home is most often viewed from. A seam installed in this manner will not show the cut edge of the overlap.

Corners: Outside corners look best when you use rough cedar 1” or 2” lumber and butt “J” beads up against them. This allows you to paint or stain the corners the same colour as the trim boards and facia etc.

Spare Material: Always save 1 package of siding (100 – 200 sq. feet) for future projects or damage repairs because you just never know what may happen. Some styles or colours become discontinued and if you put some spare siding aside when you do your project, you will ensure that your future vinyl siding project will have a good match with the existing siding.