Inspecting Your Siding

Vinyl siding is exterior home cladding that is inexpensive and low maintenance. If there are ever issues with it, most of the time they relate to how it was installed. Vinyl siding that was installed by inexperienced and unskilled contractors can lead to there being serious damage done to the wall on the inside of a home after a couple of years. New England homeowners know very well what inclement weather can do to home siding. Usually, common signs of a bad installation are pretty easy to spot…even if you are a homeowner who is unfamiliar with the minutia of installing this type of cladding. In an effort to assist homeowners to avoid repairs in the future that could be quite costly, you will find some of the more common installation defects in the following paragraphs.

Vinyl Siding Properties
Vinyl siding is made from PVC. This is a material that is inexpensive to produce and versatile enough to make panels of siding in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The main properties to think about when it comes to installation are the cutting and the fastening of it. PVC is able to be cut with normal tin snips, however this can lead to uneven and hurried cutting. To properly install siding, you need to be precise when cutting each of the siding panels before the installation process begins.

Inspecting Nailing
If siding is improperly nailed, it can rip when the PVC material contracts and expands in cold or hot weather. Siding that is poorly nailed can also lead to the panels buckling and/or warping. It is a simple thing to nail siding, but even the most experienced siding installers can make mistakes. Fortunately, there are a few rules to keep in mind for this.

Specifically, it is recommended that contractors always place their nails right in the middle of the slots provided for nailing. This allows for the contraction and expansion of the siding. Also, nails should be driven at least ¾ of an inch in to either a framing or furring stud. This will assist in the stability of the siding.

When all is said and done, installing vinyl siding is really rather simple. That said, it takes a bit of skill to complete the job well. If you, as a homeowner, carefully inspect all of the sensitive areas and nailing, you can avoid having costly repairs in the long run.

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