The Key Steps To Siding A Home In Vinyl

1 December 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Most people choose to have vinyl siding installed professionally. This only makes sense since pros have the equipment and knowledge needed to do a good job. Plus, some siding comes with a warranty that is only upheld if the siding is installed by a pro. But even though you aren't doing the work yourself, you may still want to have a basic understanding of what the siding installers are doing while they're working on your home. Here's an overview of the basic steps siding installers typically follow.

1. Installing Sheathing

Before the installers start laying down any siding, they will cover the home exterior in sheathing. This is a waterproof barrier that will prevent leaks and mold should any water make it past the siding itself. This step goes fairly quickly.

2. Siding the Soffits and Fascia

The soffits and fascia need to be covered in specialized strips of siding. Sometimes the siding is reinforced with metal in some of these areas too. Your installer will attach siding to the soffits and fascia first because the rest of the siding can then be layered over it, creating a cohesive look.

3. Measuring and Cutting

Once the soffits and fascia are sided in, your installer will measure your walls so they can cut the siding to fit. Some installers cut as they go. Others will cut all of the siding for the whole home before they begin installing it.

4. Installing the Starter Strip

Your siding installers will put down a starter strip along the bottom of the home. They'll pay careful attention to how this strip is installed. It needs to be absolutely level, or the rest of the siding won't sit straight. This strip is attached directly to the home's exterior walls.

5. Layering on the Siding

With the starter strip in place, the installers are now ready to rock and roll, so to speak. They'll continue putting on additional strips of siding, working their way slowly toward the top of the home. 

6. Installing Corner Pieces

Once all of the walls are completely sided, the installer will add the corner pieces to the home. These cover the ends of the wall siding so water does not seep behind it. They also protect the corners of your home.

Every siding installer has their own preferences, but for the most part, they will follow the steps above when installing siding. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Contact a local siding installation service to learn more.