Vinyl Siding Installation 2

The installation of vinyl siding is comprised of many factors. In this next section of siding installation, we wanted to address issues pertaining to historic restoration, basic installation tips, and even information on clean up. By having your vinyl siding installed the right way, you will have years of enjoyment with a beautiful, strong, durable, and safe home.

VSI Certification

Many people are turning to vinyl siding specific to historic restoration. However, because of the nature of this type of project, special things are considered. For instance, you always want to work with a certified VSI installer. This individual has a minimum of one-year experience and training so that every step of the installation process is perfect. The VSI installer needs to check with the local historical society or district to ensure vinyl siding can be approved. Otherwise, if the siding were installed without this permission, the homeowner could be forced to take it down, or even be fined heavily.


Then, the vinyl siding installer will also need to perform a thorough examination of the exterior of the home, checking for moisture, any structural defects, bug infestation, and so on. Then, any original siding or damaged siding must first be removed before the new installation process can begin. However, because the home is a historical structure, the original home should not be altered, if possible.

The key with installing vinyl siding on a historic home is taking every precaution to keep the integrity of the historical home. By using a professional installer for the work, this person would know the exact steps for accomplish the perfect siding installation but without any damage. It is also essential that the vinyl siding used on a historical home match the original color, style, and size to the best possible.


Then for vinyl siding to be installed, keep in mind that all the panels must be able to move from side-to-side without hindrance. In addition, panels should be pushed up from the bottom so they can lock into place fully with the piece below. However, for this to be successful, the panel needs to reach up, fastening securely in place, but without it being stretched. Nails or other types of fasteners should be installed at the center of the nail slot.

Remember, panels should never be forced up or down as they are being put into place. In addition, the head of the fastener should not be driven against the siding nail hem. Instead, provide for one/thirty-two inch clearance between the siding panel and the fastener head. The fasteners should be driven straight and level, which will help eliminate problems with panel buckling. All openings should have a one-quarter inch clearance, as well, stopping only for normal contraction and expansion.


You also want to avoid caulking panels where they meet with the receiver for inside corners, outside corners, or even the J-trim. In fact, the overlap joints should also not be caulked. Other things you want to avoid include face nailing or stapling through the siding, which would cause ripples. Finally, for new constructions, never use green lumber for underlayment!