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Tips for vinyl siding installation

Vinyl siding is one of the easiest types of siding to install, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require skill or knowledge to complete properly.

When incorrectly installed, vinyl siding will let water in, and it will become a lovely home for all sorts of pests—which won’t look very good either.

 

Consider a Wider Starter Strip

There are several options of starter strips available for starting vinyl siding. Most people are inclined to use the thinner starter to get things going because it’s more affordable—but this is a bad move. Spend the extra money and invest in a 3-1/2″ starter strip. During your installation, make sure that at least 1″ of the starter strip hangs down over the top of the foundation of the house, and drop it down as low as you can while installing the strip properly.

Cap the Corner Posts

Mice, bees, and all sorts of other critters love making their home inside vinyl corner posts. Keep these pests out by capping each post before you install it.

Don’t Trap Water Behind Corners

Corner posts above the roofline are a notorious source of water infiltration. If a corner post is installed tight to the shingles and the J-channel dead-ends into it, any water that runs down the J-channel will back up at the post and may find its way into the house.

Cracking posts

The posts will crack if they’re not warm, so if it’s cold outside, lay them in the sun or bring them into the house before you do this.

Pull Up as You Nail

Most vinyl siding failures are caused when panels unlock from each other. Once this happens, it’s only a matter of time before the wind catches them and sends them flying into the neighbor’s yard.

Whether you need a complete replacement or simply want us to inspect your current siding and windows for damage, Cousins Construction is ready to help. Contact us today to find out why customers in Schaumburg and around the Chicagoland area have come to rely on us for siding and window repair or installation needs.

Give us a call today at 773.294.7859 to find out what Cousins Construction Siding Experts can do for YOU!

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