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Installing Your Vinyl Siding The Right Way: 2 Crucial Tips

Vinyl Siding
Homeowners eager to find a balance between form and function often choose to clad their homes with vinyl siding. Not only is vinyl siding pleasant to look at, with a time-tested visual appeal, but it is also capable of standing up to the elements for decades to come. Best of all, vinyl siding is a low-cost option, making it an easy choice where finances are concerned.
Many homeowners try to take the affordability of vinyl siding one step farther by installing it themselves. While this is certainly possible, it is important to be sure you know what you are doing before you get started. Otherwise, you may find yourself in over your head. This article will help to prepare you for your next vinyl siding installation by discussing two crucial tips to be aware of.

Flash Your Window Sides

Windows present something of an obstacle where siding is concerned. If you simply trim down the siding appropriately, it won't be secured well enough to the wall. As a result, it will be liable to flap and bang in the wind and to allow water easy access to the back of the siding. This problem surmounts through the use of J-channel.
J-channel is simply a piece of standalone vinyl that is attached vertically along the edge of a window. Once in place, it offers a secured attachment point for the siding. This will keep your siding from flapping in the wind. What your J-channel won't do, however, no matter how expertly you attach it, is keep water from damaging your window frame.  
No matter what you do, water will naturally run down along the inside of the J-channel. And some portion of this water will manage to find its way behind the siding. More often than not, this leads to wood rot and other types of water damage. Plan to avoid the issue- and protect your window- by installing aluminum window flashing.
Window flashing consists of an L-shaped piece of aluminum that is installed vertically along the window beneath both the J-channel and the siding. It acts to divert any renegade water harmless away from the crack between the window and the side of your home. This, in turn, staves off the threat of rot and mold growth.  

Cap Off Your Corner Posts

You must always install corner posts at the edges of your house. Without them, the unsecured ends of your siding would be subject to damage from extreme weather. Rain would also have an easy time getting underneath the siding, as would rodents, birds, and other unwanted pests.
While corner posts act to seal off and protect the edges of your siding, they can become problems themselves if not installed correctly. It is vital that you include a cap at the top of the corner post. This will prevent previously mentioned problems like rain and pests from compromising your siding from the top.
Capping off a corner post is simple once you know how. If you are using vinyl siding that contains a J channel, begin by trimming this section down by an inch or two. Once you've done that, simply fold two sides toward the inside of the post so that they overlap, covering the top of the post. Use a pair of pliers to gently crease the siding so that it will stay in place. For best results, rivet them together so that they will remain permanently locked in place.

Expert Advice

Installing vinyl siding may seem like a relatively simple task, but there are plenty of things you still need to know in order to ensure the job gets done right. One of the most important things you can do is purchase you’re siding from a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. For more information on how to make your next siding project a success, please don't hesitate to contact the experts at AAC Building Materials.