Vinyl Siding Installation
When it comes to the installation of vinyl siding, most people leave the work to the professionals. However, other people, especially those who are naturally handy and with tons of patience will decide to do the work. One of the best types of siding on the market today is vinyl. In addition to being strong, durable, affordable, and easy to maintain, vinyl siding comes in a variety of style options. For these reasons, you see vinyl siding being the number one choice for homeowners, builders, contractors, architects, and so on.
One of the most important aspects of vinyl siding installation is to understand current building codes, as well as instructions from siding manufacturers. After all, instructions and codes will vary depending on region, material, and other factors. In this first part of vinyl siding installation, we wanted to address these two issues, along with other important factors. Remember that while some people will take on this massive project, most installers have a minimum of one-year training and experience.
You also want to ensure you choose a VSI certified installer for the best possible results. In addition, you always want to use a protective primer or seal before installing the siding. Now, keep in mind that siding is a protective barrier in itself but primer adds yet one more layer that reduces the risk of damage due to water, moisture, insects, and daily wear and tear.
Most often, these barriers offer some type of weather resistant protection, which is usually a combination of exterior cladding, flashed penetrations, and wall openings, the weather resistant material, and then sheathing. The benefit is having a system that naturally sheds water initially, while then controlling the flow of moisture.
The best way to achieve the best out of your vinyl siding, it needs to be installed over some type of weather resistant barrier. Again, you will need to review the manufacturer instructions, choosing the material and process suggested. In addition, the material you choose must meet applicable code. For this, you can get in touch with the manufacturer of the barrier material to determine what, if any codes should be adhered to.
Another important of the vinyl building materials has to do with fire safety. Obviously, you want to do everything possible to keep your home safe so it is essential that your products for vinyl siding be handled, stored, and installed properly. Take time to learn about vinyl siding, specific to fire concerns. For instance, rigid vinyl is made from organic materials. The problem is that these materials burn when exposed to heat or flame. By knowing about the materials you are working with, you will end up with a beautiful new home but also one that is safer than it was before you had the siding installed.