One of the most effective ways to give the exterior of your home a face-lift is to install brand new vinyl siding. The end result will be beautiful, but the process to get to the end result can often be a bit problematic. There are many mistakes that can be made along the way, which can impact the way your siding appears in the end. You will want to familiarize yourself with these mistakes in order to avoid them. Here are four of the most common vinyl siding installation mistakes that you will want to avoid.
Forgetting to Install the Foam
It is not enough to simply install the siding. Since you will be removing the old siding and if you have 2x4 walls, it makes for the perfect time to increase your home's R-value. Consider using a quarter-inch layer of insulation to assist in keeping out exterior sound, protecting against impacts, and preventing outside air from getting indoors. For even better insulation, you can install a thicker layer of foam.
Allowing for Too Much Overlap
It is important that your vinyl siding panels overlap just slightly; however, you need to ensure that they don't overlap too much. Ideally, the panels should only overlap roughly one inch to one-and-one-quarter inch. If you allow the panels to overlap more than this, their ability to move and bend will be greatly restricted, which can potentially result in the vinyl panels appearing wavy or bent.
Creating Noticeable Seams
If the vinyl siding is installed properly, the seams will be barely—if at all—noticeable. One way to make the seams less noticeable is by facing them away from foot traffic areas, such as the road. In addition, if you opt to use a thicker vinyl, the panels will have more rigidity, which allows the seams to lay flatter against each other, ultimately making them less noticeable.
Using Low-Grade Vinyl
The entire installation job will go much smoother—and look better in the end—if you utilize a thicker, higher quality vinyl that comes equipped with a solid locking system that simply clicks right into place. Lower quality vinyls just do not hold themselves up while you try to fasten them, requiring additional manpower. In addition, when you use a higher quality vinyl, it is easier to cut with less damage to the vinyl itself and look better for longer.
For more information, talk to a vinyl siding installation contractor in your area.