Vinyl siding is one of the most popular exterior home remodels because it is such an affordable product and it is so easy to install. It is a great DIY project for homeowners who have a few basic power tools and the physical capabilities to handle the work. It is very popular remodel, partly because vinyl siding can be installed over any type of existing sidewall. This article explains how vinyl siding is installed. You can use it to determine whether or not it is a project that you think you can handle on your own, or if you should leave it to the professionals.

Hanging the Siding

Hanging most of the vinyl is very simple, the pieces are modular so they snap together with little effort. Basically, you start at the top of the wall and then hang each piece from the bottom of the piece above it. Since the planks have an interlocking design, they can be attached without any tools. However, you do need to install an anchor piece at the top of each wall. Installing anchor piece will probably take just as long as installing the rest of the siding on that wall.

Installing the Anchor Piece

To install anchor piece you need to make sure you are attaching it to a solid surface inside the wall because the piece will hold the weight of the rest of the vinyl. You definitely need a power drill, a level that is at least 4' long and the appropriate screws for your type of sidewall. The difficulty of securing the anchor piece to the wall will largely depend on what type of sidewall you have. If you have stucco walls with a wood frame structure, you obviously need to use screws that hit the studs inside the wall. However, if you have brick sidewalls, you can securely attach the anchor piece to the brick if you predrill holes with the masonry bit and use masonry screws. You also need to make sure the anchor piece is perfectly level. But, you have to remember that you will be doing this work from the top of the ladder or scaffolding. This definitely makes the project a little more exhausting and dangerous.

In the end, if your anchor pieces are securely installed, your vinyl siding will be secure. Take your time when installing your anchor piece to ensure that your new vinyl wall lasts a long time.   

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