How to Install Vinyl Shingle Siding Part 1

What You'll Need
100 foot tape measure
Pry bar
Plywood sheathing
Circular saw
Home wrap

One of the home exterior covering choices that homeowners have is called vinyl shingle siding. This type of siding is a slight departure from the long clapboard style siding to a more traditional look of individual slates. These pieces of siding are a great way to add some character to a home and distinguish it from all the others in your neighborhood. These smaller shingle sized pieces of vinyl siding are available in a large array of colors, textures, and styles. With the large combination of all three of these, it is easy to see why a homeowner would want to side their house with these shingles. Installation of vinyl shingle siding is very do it yourself friendly and can be done if you have plenty of time and basic tools. 

Step 1 - Determine How Many Shingles You Need

Covering a house is going to require more shingles than you would think. You will need to measure the entire surface area that you will be covering with the vinyl shingle siding. Use a 100 foot carpenter's measuring tape to ensure that you get an accurate measurement. Measure both the height and the width of each wall. Multiply the two numbers together and then add each wall's square footage to get the total surface area. This will give you a reliable number for the amount of shingles that you need.

Step 2 - Purchase Vinyl Shingle Siding

Once you have the total surface area that you will be covering with the siding, you will need to go to your home improvement center to purchase the shingle squares. Speak with a salesperson about the different colors, textures, and styles so you can select the finishes that suit your needs. Add one more square than what you need to protect against running short because of miscalculations, damaged shingles, or mistakes in installation.

Step 3 - Remove Old Siding

Before you can begin putting up the new vinyl shingle siding you will need to remove the old. This can be done with a small pry bar or the claw part of your hammer. The point to remember when removing your old siding is to take your time and be careful not to damage any of the sheathing or trim around doors and windows.

Step 4 - Repair Any Damage

There are going to be times when you remove the old shingles and find that there is some water damage, mold, or rotted wood that breaks off with the old siding. Cut out the problem areas with a circular saw, being careful not to cut into the studs and replace it with a new piece. 

Step 5 - Wrap House

Once all of the siding is removed, and the sheathing is repaired, place a new layer of home exterior wrap around the outer shell of the building. This wrap acts as an insulator of sorts and a moisture barrier between the shingle and the interior. 

Step 6 - Get Ready for First Row

Once all the preparation work has been completed you are ready to set the first course of shingles. Nail in the corner tracks along the corners of the building, around the windows, doors, and any other obstructions.