Are you going to install vinyl siding? While the siding is ultimately what you see after it is installed, it's all the prep work that helps the job come together in the end. Steps must be taken to ensure that air and water cannot get into your home, or else a lot of damage can happen. Here is what your vinyl siding contractor has to do before any siding goes up on your home:
Storing Vinyl Siding
When your vinyl siding arrives, it is important that you do not store the material in the hot sun. While you may think this is okay due to the siding being used for home exteriors, the siding can actually be damaged when in the package. The siding will be fine when installed on your home, but being exposed to the heat while stacked on top of each other can cause the siding to warp.
You need to have a smooth, level, and solid surface for the vinyl siding to be installed on. This will involve taking plywood and mounting it against the side of your home. If there are not existing studs to secure the siding to, you'll need to install multiple furring strips to act as studs. The plywood can then be attached to the furring strips to give yourself that solid surface for the siding installation.
Installing House Wrap
Vinyl siding just doesn't go against the bare surface of your home. It is important that the sides are covered with a house wrap. The contractor will use plastic-capped nails to secure it directly to the plywood underneath, which should hold it in place. Tape will be used to cover any seams, rips, or holes in the house wrap to help it form a seal.
Steps will need to be taken to ensure that water cannot get into your home. Once the house wrap is applied, flashing can be applied on top of the material to give it added protection. Flashing will go around windows, doors, and along any place where there is a risk of water getting behind the vinyl siding. Flashing can be secured along the bottom edge of the vinyl siding as well. If the edge is against brick or stone, caulk can be used to secure it in place.
Reach out to a siding installation contractor in your area for more information about installing vinyl siding on your home.