Simple Vinyl Siding Installation – Step-by-step Guide


Simple Vinyl Siding Installation – Step-by-step Guide


How to Hang or Install Vinyl Sheathing

Installing vinyl siding can give a simple facade of a home a custom look. Vinyl siding like those from Siding Vancouver has many different textures, colors and panel sizes.. This makes vinyl siding one of the most popular exterior wall covering options for new construction and remodeling projects. Vinyl siding hangs faster than wood or fiber cement siding. 

Many manufacturers of vinyl siding in New Jersey install drainage holes along the bottom of each section to prevent moisture from building up between the plywood sheets of the house and the siding.


1.   Measure each door and window frame with a tape measure. Transfer each measurement to a section of the J-channel. Use a pencil to mark each J-channel. J-channel, vinyl J-shaped fitting, will fit around each piece of siding, forming a waterproof seam. The J-channel has locking tabs to hold the siding in place.

2.   Cut the J-channel along the pencil marks with tin scissors.

3.   3 nails each cut piece of J-channel to their respective side of the window or door. Use a hammer to drive 1 inch galvanized nails into the J-channel. Drive a 1-inch nail from each end and every 8 inches into the middle. J-channel has pre-drilled nail holes along the inside edge.

4.   Measure the length of each corner with a tape measure and transfer these measurements for proper corner fit. Mark the corner trim with a pencil. Outer-corner trim uses the L-shaped trim with a finished side along the outside edge and the J-channels on each side. Inside corner trim uses an L-shaped trim that appears as two J-channels molded together into an L-shaped shape.

5.   Cut each corner piece along with the pencil marks with a metal saw.

6.   Nail each corner trim piece in place with a hammer and 1 inch galvanized nails. Nail each 1-inch piece of each end and every 8 inches in the middle.

7.   Measure the distance between each piece of trim with a tape measure. Transfer this measurement to a piece of vinyl siding and subtract 1/4 inch for expansion. Mark each piece of siding with a pencil.

8.   Cut the starter row and each piece of vinyl siding with tin scissors along with the pencil marks. The starter row has a hook at the bottom of the first piece of siding to be connected. The vinyl siding has a hook on the bottom facing inward and a hook on the top facing outward.

9.   Nail the starter row for plywood siding with a hammer and 1 inch galvanized nails. The starter row should protrude from the bottom of the wrapper by half an inch. Use a spirit level to maintain the starter row level. Nail the starter row 1 inch from each end and every 8 inches in the middle. The ends of the siding will slide into the J-channel or a cutting corner.

10.   Hang each piece of siding material. The bottom of each piece of sheathing hooks to the top of the bottom piece of sheathing. Pull the siding to the taut seam and nail the siding in place. Drive a 1-inch nail from each end and every 8 inches in the middle. Each end fits snugly into the J-channel or corner fit.

11.   Cut the top row and rows along the top and bottom of windows and doors 1/2 inch longer than the measured width. Fold the additional 1/2 inch inward with pliers. Slide the extra 1/2 inch into the locking tab of the J-channel adjustment.

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