Are you looking to give your Pittsburgh home a new look? Do you want to get rid of your old aluminum siding for a new, fresher look? Then you may want to consider the most popular exterior building material in use by contractors and do-it-yourselfers today: vinyl siding.
While hiring a vinyl siding installer in Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County is the easiest way to go, vinyl siding is not hard to install yourself. You will need some skill with layout and the proper tools to get the look and results you want. Experts say that the number one problem with vinyl siding is poor installation, so here are some tips to get the most out of your Pittsburgh vinyl siding installation.
• Make sure that you or your vinyl siding installer has the proper tools on hand including a hammer, level, tape measure, circular saw, utility knife, tin snips, chalk line, drill, ladder and other miscellaneous equipment.
• Make sure the surface you will be applying the siding to is smooth and solid. Fill all cracks and caulk all leaks.
• Do all of the detail work – corner posts, light blocks, dryer vents, cornices and arches – FIRST. The vinyl siding is actually installed last.
• Install vinyl siding from the bottom of the structure and work towards the top.
• Make sure your aluminum starter strip is straight or all of your vinyl siding will end up crooked.
• Vinyl siding and trim expands and contracts with changes in temperature so make sure that you allow for this with your installation.
• Make sure that you nail down the vinyl siding properly or you will surely know it the next time the wind kicks up.
While these are only a few tips to help you or your vinyl siding installer out with your Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County vinyl siding installation, be sure to read the manufacturer’s manual/instruction booklet for everything you need to know for proper vinyl installation.