Vinyl Shake Siding Installation Tips Vinyl Shake Siding Installation Tips

Vinyl shake siding is an alternative way of making your house's facade look better, at a relatively affordable cost, and with little maintenance needs. Basically, these sidings are made from plastic. Traditionally, people used materials such as wood and steel for cladding the walls of their homes. The object of such cladding or siding is to prevent the home from being damaged by weather conditions, mostly rain. Effectively, sidings offered rainwater a way down to the ground without touching the walls. Apart from its various other benefits, vinyl shake siding is also relatively easy to install. There could be savings in labor costs as well because this can be a DIY job for you to complete. Here are a few tips to take into account.


Quality should be given importance, as otherwise there can be problems with the final result, as in the case of what is known as the ripple effect. This ripple effect can be easily identified on walls that have fewer openings such as doors, ventilators or windows. In order to prevent this effect, you should opt for vinyl shake sidings that are of higher gauge. Alternately, choose a vinyl shake siding that comes with insulation and is therefore, reasonably thicker.

Leave gaps

Vinyl shakes should not be nailed directly next to one another. A small gap should be left between the nail and the siding so that the siding can expand and contract due to heat and cold variations. Similarly, there should some gap between the joints.

Consider the walls

The ripple effect can also be caused due to unevenness of the walls. If there were such a fault in construction, vinyl shake siding would only highlight it. Therefore, this defect needs to be corrected before installing vinyl shake siding.



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