The most common types of siding material are attached horizontally, starting at the bottom of the house. Each type of siding has nuances as to how it's attached to the exterior of your house. There are also tools and blades designed specially to cut and install some siding materials. Make sure you use the proper tool for the type of exterior material you choose to cover the outside of your home. Shown on the following pages are the most common ways to install vinyl siding and cedar siding, along with a few tips on working with fiber cement siding.
CUTTING VINYL SIDING
A. Measure and mark the piece of vinyl siding to fit. Use snips to
cut through the flanges. B. Continue to cut through the material, cutting
the rest of the J-flange.
INSTALLING VINYL SIDING
A. Measure and cut a corner post, so that there will be a 1/2-in.
(13-mm) gap between the top of the post and the eave of the house.
B. Measure the length of siding needed. Mark and cut the piece to
length. C. Nail the corner post at the top of the post. Check for plumb.
Fasten the posts every 12 in (305 mm).
D. Determine the lowest part of the wall that will
be sided. Make a chalk line across the house for the first horizontal
piece. E. Lay
out the top of the strip along the chalk line. Check for level. F.
Nail the starter strip to the house every 10 in. (255 mm). G.
Miter the ends of a i-channel trim piece to fit two channel widths
wider than opening of window. Attach the trim piece under window.
(Full-size of above image).
H. Cut the side trim pieces to length, and install
them on either side of the window. I. Nail the trim
piece in place on top of the window.
J. Cut the first piece of siding to length. Install
over the starter strip from step F.
K. Nail each siding piece so that it isn't driven all of the way
into the house. There should be a gap of about 1/4 in (3 mm). L. Overlay
each successive piece of siding to cover the house.
A. When planning to overlap siding, you may want to overlap the material
so that the top piece is closest to the house’s front door. B. By overlapping
away from the house, the siding appears seamless when looking at
the exterior from the front door.