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Front Door Surround, Pediment, & Window Mantles with Vinyl Siding

Front Door Surround, Pediment, & Window Mantles with Vinyl Siding

Old 01-08-07, 08:12 PM
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Front Door Surround, Pediment, & Window Mantles with Vinyl Siding

I just installed a new double entry front door and it does not look right with the standard brick molding. I replace a single 36" with 2 14" sidelites with 2 32" double doors. I want to spruce up the molding to match the fancy new door i have.

I have vinyl siding and wanted to add a pediment on top of the door (Urethane foam), Pilasters (vinyl snap in kit type like Vantage and Builders Edge found at Lowes and HD, and Mantles on top of all the windows same found at Lowes and HD. I have shudders on all the windows and i believe they go right through the vinyl siding and right into the wood.

My questions are all around installation and finishing. How does the installation work with vinyl siding. The guys at Lowes did not know. I want to get it ordered soon before snow flies. So, do i put it right over the brick molding, or do i surround the brick molding just outside the J channels, or do i cut back the vinyl siding and butt up to new J channels for pilasters and window mantles. This still leaves me wondering how to finish the Pediment above the door. There is no way to work around all the detail work with vinyl. Do i adhere it to the vinyl siding with liquid nails or do i nail or screw through the urethane foam molding, through the vinyl siding and into wood, then patch up and paint the holes. Thanks for any advice.
Old 01-09-07, 04:12 AM
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Not seeing what you are seeing, I will attempt to give you some insight on vinyl siding installation. Anything but shutters will have to be applied directly to your OSB underneath the siding. Anything you add that does not have built in J-channel will have to be surrrounded with color matched j-channel. And it will be difficult, if not impossible to follow sharp curves with standard J. You can remove the brick mold if you like and install another design, just make sure the highest point of your molding (outside) is taller than your j-channel (1"+).
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