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what is behind vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is an affordable yet lasting option to spruce up the outdoor of your house. Many homeowners opt for this simple yet luxurious-looking siding option. Of all, the best thing is that it is easy to install. You can do it yourself by learning some of the tips and techniques. It may apparently look like a hard thing to do and may get you intimidated. But you need to relax and get it done with perfection.

But first, do you actually know what actually vinyl siding is?

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options installed to the outside of a home that shows great strength against harsh weather, storms, winds, and rain. Moreover, the high-end appeal and affordability of the vinyl siding are other features to estimate.

What is Vinyl Siding Made Of?

Vinyl siding is made up of ethylene and chlorine. Engineered from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, it is a mand-made product, that is not actually plastic but a kind.

What is Vinyl Siding Cost:

Vinyl siding is known for its affordability. It costs from $2-$7 per foot, on average.

Siding a Vinyl Siding:

When it comes to installation, there are lots of mind-boggling questions around your head like:

Where do I start?

What material should I get?

What tools I may need?

And most common, what is behind a vinyl siding?

 Relax! In this blog, you will get answers to all your questions. Let’s start with the very basics of installation.

Getting Started with Vinyl Siding Installation:

First of all, to get started with vinyl siding, you must make sure you have all tools and equipment you may need at different points of installation.

Here is the list of everything you will need for vinyl siding installation:

  • Hammer
  • Square
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Power saw
  • Knife
  • Tin Snips
  • Unlocking Tool
  • Nail Hole Slot Punch
  • Snap Lock Punch
  • Electric drill
  • Staples
  • Safety glasses
  • Inside and outside corner posts
  • Trim and molding

Prepare for Vinyl Siding Installation:

Once you have gathered everything you need, now is the time to prepare the walls for installation.

  1. Fix Existing Problems:

While preparing the walls, keep one thing in mind, the vinyl siding usually masks moisture and structural problems. Fix the problems on the outside of the house before installing vinyl siding to avoid unexpected problems in the long term. Fix the loose boards and replace the rotten ones

  • Clear The Area:

Also, make sure the area is cleared from fixtures such as lights, molding, mailbox, etc.  If there are any trees or plants obstructing the area, you must tie them until you complete the installation task.

  • Flashing:

To increase the strength and robustness of vinyl siding, you should first apply flashing t the surface. The flashing is an impervious material that stops water from entering a structure.

  • Furring:

For creating an even base for the vinyl siding, you must install furring. The furring is the installation of strips of wood or other material to increase the level of material laid above it to reduce dampness. You must lay furring horizontally for vertical siding, and vertically for horizontal siding.

  • Apply House Wrap:

A house wrap serves as a weather-resistant barrier, which you may or may not apply according to the requirements. It is, however, important to apply a house wrap as it serves as a defense line against moisture and air leaks after, the vinyl siding.

  • Sheathing:

The sheathing is one of the most important things you should never miss out on. Sheathing improves insulation, increasing the strength and longevity of vinyl siding. You can fill sheathing inside furring.

  • Get On The Work:

You can start working by doing measurements and marking them with chalk.

So, now you must have gotten the idea that what goes below a vinyl siding, which is: flashing, furring, house wrap, and sheathing.

What is Behind Vinyl Siding on a Mobile Home?

Vinyl siding has become the most popular siding option for single-family homes and mobile homes due to its affordability, strength, and easy installation properties.

When installing vinyl siding on a mobile home, make sure you apply insulation appropriate for your climate. The sheathing is very important to apply before installing vinyl siding to your mobile home.

Bottom Line:

In a nutshell, the vinyl siding installation is just so easy if you know what and how should you do. The installation, although, is not merely applying sidings on the wall, it takes a series of steps that must be done with sheer perfection. From fixing the flashing to furring, and house wrap to the sheathing, you must complete everything that goes under siding with considerable attention.


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