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Installing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is one of the most popular maintenance-free siding materials for new construction. It's also one of the most manageable siding materials for do-it-yourselfers to install. Large home centers

carry several styles and colors and most of the trim, accessories, and tools you'll need. Even more styles and colors are available at specialized building material suppliers.

It's not hard to learn the steps for installing vinyl siding. The biggest challenges for do-it-yourselfers are planning the layout and installing the proper trim for each area.

Choosing Vinyl Siding

The thickness, or gauge, of the vinyl is the key to its durability and cost. The thicker the vinyl is, the longer it lasts, the better it withstands damage, and the more stable it is. Of course, the thicker the vinyl is, the more it costs. The siding sold in most home centers is .040"-.045" thick. Premium brands are available up to .055" thick.

Since vinyl siding is intended to imitate wood lap siding, it is available in several profiles. Most common is a piece that imitates two courses of wood siding, with an exposure of four or five inches each. These are called D4 or D5 (the "D" stands for "double"). A variation is a "Dutch Lap" style (D5DL) which has the shape of a traditional dutch lap wood siding. A profile with three courses of 3-inch siding (T3) is also common.

Vinyl generally comes in a range of light to medium colors. Darker colors tend to fade and are generally not available.

Preparing the House for Siding

On new construction, siding is installed over the wall sheathing. On older homes, vinyl can sometimes be installed over the home's current siding. Keep in mind that vinyl needs to be nailed into solid wood, so if the home has aluminum siding or older vinyl siding, these will probably have to be removed. Going over existing wood siding or stucco is possible, although it's sometimes necessary to install vertical furring strips first.

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My going cost is... depends

I charge $500.00 per door times number of door panels fixed or swinging, Plus the cost of prehung doors. Fiberglass (Home Depot) is the best investment. Wood just rots out, metal gets beat up and rusts. Opening up wall, installing header (if it is feasible with your existing wall structure, i.e. no heavy loads above that need steel or huge beams) starts at $800.00 for each opening width increments of 24" - 30". Plus extras, however many and what kind of utilities are routed through the existing wall now. Stucco and siding are the same price. Rock, brick, stone and the like extra. Includes matching stucco/siding/trim pattern and paint color to make it look like it was planned from the beginning of new construction

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  — WatertownDailyTimes.com
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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