Vinyl has long been a popular choice for both new construction and re-siding projects, and for good reason: It costs much less than metal, brick, fiber cement, stucco or wood. It allows a house to breathe, it doesn’t require painting, and it’s light and easy to work with. Here are some tips I learned as a siding contractor to help make your next vinyl siding installation quick, easy and effective.
Use the wider starter strip
The bottom of the starter strip (the part the bottom panel hooks on to) should be at least 1 in. below the top of the foundation, but the lower the siding is installed, the better. It protects the sheathing from rain, snow and pests. Most suppliers sell two sizes of starter, 2-1/2 in. and 3-1/2 in. Spend the extra few bucks on the wider stuff and start your siding a bit lower.