How to Install Vinyl Shingle Siding Part 2

What You'll Need
Vinyl J Channels
Chalk Line
Galvanized Nails
Utility Knife
Chop Saw

Vinyl shingle siding is a very versatile exterior covering for your home. Not only do you get away from the normal look of vinyl siding, but you can choose from different colors, sizes, and styles. Installing the vinyl shingle siding is well within the parameters of ahomeowner and does not require any special knowledge, tools, or techniques. There are a few things to be very careful about, but installation is still something that can be carried out by a regular homeowner. The first part of this series gave you the steps to preparing your home for the siding, now we will continue with the beginning steps to attaching the vinyl shingle siding. 

Step 1: Create Stable Work Surface

When you install the vinyl siding you will need to have a stable place from which to work. You will be cutting some of the lengths of shingle siding down to size and a firm area to cut on will help ensure not only level cuts, but also safety. A chop saw that is set up on a set of saw horses with a piece of 3/4 inch plywood will help. 

Step 2: Add Trim Pieces

One of the first things you should do when you get ready for the actual installation of your vinyl shingle siding is to lay down a piece of vinyl trim along all the outer edges of the surfaces, and especially where the vinyl will come in contact with other materials. 

Step 3: Line up J Channels

Another preparatory feature of vinyl shingle siding it to install the J channels that go along windows and door frames. This is where the siding will slide into when it gets to this position. The channels themselves should be installed with 45 degree corners, much like you would for the trim pieces. 

Step 4: Attach Corner Posts

The corner posts are the most important part of the entire installation process. These posts will go over each of the corners, either outer or the inside corners, of your wall. They are used to start each course of vinyl shingle siding so they remain level as you move up the side of the house. 

Step 5: Mark Studs

Finding the studs of your wall is going to give you a much firmer place to attach the siding to. You can pound the nails into the sheathing, but you will be much better off nailing into the sheathing and the stud. Use a stud finder and mark where each of the studs are. Place one end of your chalk line on the bottom of the stud and then extend it to the top of it. You can do this for a few feet at a time if you need to. Snap the line and use that as your reference point. 

Step 6: Start First Row

Once you have the studs marked out you can position the first piece of siding along the bottom of the wall just above the foundation with the bottom along the trim piece. Slide the end into the corner post and make sure it is level. Nail to the sheathing with the galvanized nails.