The installation of vinyl siding can theoretically be accomplished by anybody who has mastered a few basic techniques. Yet, just as with all home improvement tasks, it also helps to have some helpful tips and tricks up your sleeve. If you are thinking about installing vinyl siding on your home, and would like to learn more, read on. This article will offer two tips to help you along your way.

When working around windows and doors, install the longest piece first.

Long, unbroken walls represent the easiest place to install vinyl siding, since all that is required is to hand the appropriate number of full-length strips. Walls that are broken by structural elements such as windows and doors, on the other hand, present something more of a challenge. Unless the siding on both sides is perfectly level, you can easily end up with a wall that looks noticeably out of kilter.

You will find that you can achieve the best results by always installing the longer piece of siding first. The idea here is that, once the long side has been hung, it will be much easier to make the appropriate adjustments to ensure that the short side lines up correctly. Working the other way around makes it much more difficult to ensure even, level results.

Always cap off your corner posts.

At the corners of your home, as well as anywhere else that two perpendicular pieces of siding come together, a corner post must be installed. These posts act to protect the edges of the siding while also preventing from water from intruding behind it. Unfortunately, corner posts can often lead to problems of an entirely different nature if they are not properly capped off at the top and the bottom.

You see, the hollow space inside of a corner post makes a highly attractive home for pests like wasps, squirrels, and mice. An uncapped post allows such unwanted critters easy access. The good news is that it is fairly simple to cap off a corner post without any extra supplies or expense.

Begin by trimming a few inches from your corner post's J-channel. This will leave you with two flaps of vinyl. Fold each of these flaps inward, using a metal straightedge or a piece of board to make a crease along the top. The two flaps should overlap almost completely. Apply a dab of caulk to the top of the bottom flap so that they stick together. This should effectively block off the corner post, thus preventing annoying infestations.  

For more information, contact ProCon Exteriors or a similar company.

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