When it comes to types of siding for the exterior of your home, there are plenty to choose from; it can seem challenging at first to determine which ones are the easiest to install. Some types of siding are more durable and require less upkeep, while others may be more visually pleasing but cost a bit more. The types of siding that most experienced DIY-er's find the easiest to install are vinyl, solid board, and aluminum.
Vinyl siding is among the most durable siding; it is also easy to install correctly due to its lighter weight and uniform appearance. A popular installation method is called shiplap, where the vinyl panels are fitted so that the bottom of one overlaps the top of the one below it. Vinyl panels are manufactured so that they will fit together perfectly level, without the common problems of similar wood siding panels, namely sagging, bowing, and becoming crooked over time.
Each row of vinyl siding has tongue and groove fittings that interlock with the tops of the panels underneath them. The top of vinyl panel sections are then easily secured along the underside of the roof with a hammer and nails. Vinyl siding panels come with existing nail holes for this, so you will not need to spend the time creating them with a power drill. They should also come with pre-drilled weep holes that are meant to allow moisture to drain away and prevent it from becoming trapped between the vinyl siding and the backing surface.
Solid Board Siding
Solid board siding is derived from several different types of wood, most commonly cedar because of its resistance to termites and other wood pests. The grain of the board panels makes this type of siding one of the easiest to prime, paint, and stain. This is an advantage because untreated solid board siding does need to be sealed with a water resistant coating before it is attached to the side of the house. Provided that the exterior underlayment is level and in good condition, it is also fairly easy to install solid board panels with straight lines and a level. Solid board siding is also versatile and can easily be cut to fit any architectural style, particularly exteriors with several windows to fit the panels around.
The installation of aluminum siding panels is quite easy provided you take the time to prepare the backing surface that the panels will fit over. Be sure to remove any old paint, chalking, or other debris from the surface of the house exterior before fastening on your aluminum siding. Aluminum siding often comes as part of an installation kit that includes any extra materials you will need, namely insulating underlayment such as foam board. Good quality aluminum siding kits should also include aluminum nails that are specifically designed to be used in the pre-drilled holes in aluminum siding panels. Using other types of nails can easily result in dents, so aluminum nails are an important component to look for when selecting an aluminum siding installation kit.