How To Install And Clean Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is one of the most common exterior siding products because it is so easy to keep up. A handful (if not all) of the houses in any given neighborhood will have vinyl siding on at least some of their exterior walls. It is a product that is very easy to install and maintain. The fact that it is so affordable compared to other exterior siding materials also contributes to its popularity. That being said, vinyl is not a "zero maintenance" product. It will require some TLC and constant inspection if you want it to look great and last for a long time. This article explains the physical requirements of installation and what maintenance is necessary for vinyl siding.

Installing Vinyl

Vinyl is very easy to install for a number of reasons. Most importantly, the planks have an interlocking design that enables them to be attached to each other very easily. Basically, the installation requires that you attach an anchor piece to the sidewall using screws. After that, the majority of the planks are hung from the anchor piece. They don't need to be reinforced with any more screws. This is is why homeowners who don't really have much construction experience are usually able to handle the job.

The installation is simple, but the job is still physically demanding. The vinyl is sold in packs that can be easily carried by two people. Since vinyl is flexible, it can be awkward to carry. But the biggest thing you have to consider is carrying the vinyl and installing it while climbing up and down a ladder. A simple scaffolding system definitely makes the installation easier. Of course, you will have to rent it, set it up and move it around the walls, so this can be a job in itself. Before you start the installation, you need to make sure you can handle the work and that you have enough helpers.

Maintaining Vinyl

Before choosing vinyl, no matter how you install it, you need to decide if you will be able to keep it up. The answer is probably yes. Vinyl is so easy to keep looking great. First, you can spray it down with a hose if the walls seem dirty. Dust from strong winds that sticks to your sidewalls is easily washed off with just water. If the dirt is harder to remove, you can easily clean your vinyl with a large car washing sponges and soap.

For more information about siding, contact a company like Buffalo Roofing.