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Do’s And Don’ts For Vinyl Siding Installation On Your Remote Cabin

If you want to install vinyl siding on your rural cabin to protect its exterior from the elements, then it is important that you follow these time-tested do’s and don’ts to ensure that you perform a professional-quality installation:

Do buy a saw blade for your circular saw that is manufactured to cut through vinyl. General use blades are wonderful for cutting wood, but they are too thick to cut vinyl and will crack your siding.

Don’t install your vinyl saw blade with its teeth angled towards the back of the saw. If you install the blade with its teeth angled towards you, then it will cut through the vinyl siding without fracturing it. If you are cutting and having problems, then double check the direction of the blade to make sure that it is pointed in the correct direction.

Do purchase a specialized vinyl slot hole punch tool to use during your siding installation. Use the punch tool to cut a slot into the vinyl siding strips near their ends. These custom slots allow you to nail down the ends of the siding in order to keep it from blowing around in strong storms.

Don’t drive the nail heads past the very top of the vinyl siding material. When you nail your new siding onto your cabin, your goal is to hold it in place without driving the nail heads in so far that they cause the siding to bend. Tap the nails until they are flush sitting on the outer edge of the siding and then stop. This will give your siding the ability to move around slightly in the wind and not break, and it will be enough to hold the siding in place so that it does not flap wildly in storms.

Do use the thickest starter strip material that is available for the siding that you choose for your cabin. The starter strip is installed just above the soil layer, and the thickest starter strip will give you the best protection from the elements and the best overall look once your siding installation is completed. If you have ever seen a vinyl installation with a large gap between the siding and the dirt, then you have seen what using a starter strip that is too narrow looks like.

Don’t install any of your vinyl siding or starter strips without using a contractor’s level. It is impossible to make your siding straight all around your cabin without using a level, and the last thing you want to do is stand back to inspect your installation and find out that it looks crooked.

If you have issues with any of these instructions, contact a business, such as Superior Products.