3 Common Mistakes when Installing Vinyl Siding around Windows

Installing vinyl siding near windows doesn't have to be a headache. If shortcuts are taken, the siding can fail and look terrible. Here are a few of the more common mistakes made when installing siding around windows.

Not Using a J-Mold

When you purchase siding you will have the option of purchasing J-molds to use around the window. This will create a finished look, and help maintain an even look with the vinyl siding. It will also allow you to plan for expansion.

Not Allowing for Expansion

Windows will expand and contract as the temperature changes. If you don't allow at least 1/4 inch on each side and ends of the windows you will end up with siding that can pop and crack. You can install the siding and still leave room for this expansion without it looking off.

Using the Window as a Level Guide

No matter how much money you paid for your windows, you can't assume they are hung perfectly even. Don't use the window as a guide for the level. You need to use a level, even when you are installing around a window. If you rely on the window to be your level guide, you can end up with siding that looks uneven.