Summary of Preparatory Activities
i. This should be positioned at the top edge on the chalk line. Leave a 6.5 in space at corners and a 0.25 in space between starter pieces. Nail every 8 – 10 inches.
i. Flash the corners by bending a 10 in piece of coil into a 90o angle and attaching to corners.
ii. Position outside corner posts with a 0.25 in space at the top and the bottom overhanging by 0.75 in. Put first nail at the top most spot, and all other nails at 8 – 10 in spaces.
i. Flash around all windows and doors by cutting 5 in sections of coil and attaching to outside of windows and doors.
ii. Install J-channel around all windows and doors. Corners will need to be square cut.
iii. Our house will also need flashing and J-channel where the brick façade is near the siding.
i. Apply pieces from back to front to reduce the “lapping”. This is visually more appealing.
ii. Slide the first piece into the corner post recess and hook the bottom lock of the panel into the starter strip. Apply upward pressure until it locks into place.
iii. Before nailing, ensure that the entire piece is locked into place. It should slide freely from side to side. When attaching, begin nailing at the center and work out.
iv. Install remaining first row pieces. Final nail should be at least 4 in from the end of the panel.
v. When final row is attached, they may need to be cut horizontally to fit. Follow directions as above. J-channel will also need to be installed under the soffit. Use a snap lock punch to create tabs on outside face 0.25 in below the edge. Space these tabs every 6 in. To install, lock bottom of panel into the panel below. Push top edge into trim. Tabs will catch in trim. (Be sure these tabs catch, because this piece will not be nailed)
This in not meant to be a definitive summary. I will consult the following manuals during installation.
Fit and Finish Installation Guide. (2002) Wolverine Siding Systems.
Vinyl Siding Installation Manual. (2004) Washington D.C.: The Vinyl Siding Institute.