Vinyl siding has been the number one choice for siding houses since it replaced aluminum many years ago. Vinyl is the most popular choice nowadays because not only can it withstand high winds, heat, moisture and cold, it usually comes with a lifetime warranty. You can also mimic nearly any type of style you want with vinyl siding. When beginning the process of installing your vinyl siding, the most crucial element is the trim. Installing the trim is the first thing you have do in the installation process because it’s what holds the siding of the building. It is also the last step however, as it hides the ends and edges of the panels. Trim lets your siding contract and expand with the variations in temperature.
When it comes to trim, there 5 main types:
Rakes: This is the part of the roof moldings that slopes, and forms the overhang.
J-Channel: This type of trim grips the edges of the vinyl panels where they run along walls, windows, and doors.
Fascias: These are the boards or panels that run along the eaves of the roof horizontally.
Undersill: This type of trim is what holds the top edges of the vinyl siding panels in place underneath the horizontal edges and window sills.
Soffits: These are the panels underneath the fascia that run parallel to the ground.
The best way to begin installation of your vinyl siding panels is to start with the high trim; this includes the soffits, fascias, and rakes. Next you will need to refer to your brand-specific instruction manual that should have come with your purchase of vinyl siding. You can also find basic instructions for installation at The Vinyl Siding Institute, as well as a list of certified installer companies.
If you have what you consider to be decent home improvement skills, installing vinyl siding should not be a difficult task for you to accomplish. However, if you aren’t up to it, a certified installer can make your life easier.