Siding installation experts in Charlotte explain vinyl siding’s fastening procedure

Siding installation involves proper fastening of the panels to a wall

Siding installation experts in Charlotte NC know how to install vinyl siding in the right way. One of the processes they handle is the siding’s fastening to the wall. The choice of the right fastening material and process will make sure the end product is appealing.

Here is a complete outline of the vinyl siding fastening procedure.

Get the right materials for the fastening procedure

You can go for various fastening materials, including:

  • Nails – heads should be at least 7.9mm in diameter and 38.1 mm in length. If your siding has a backer board, your nails should be longer, at least 63.5mm.
  • Screw fasteners – screws should be at least a size eight and corrosion-resistant.
  • Staples should not be less than 25.4mm in length. Go for a 16-gauge option that is semi-flattened.

You should choose corrosion-resistant fastening material, preferably galvanized steel, aluminum, or stainless steel.

Cutting vinyl siding accurately

Most sharp objects can cut vinyl sidings, but we recommend tin snips, circular saws, scoring tools, or utility knives for a safer and cleaner cut.

When cutting:

  • Have your safety goggles on while following all proper construction practices.
  • For tin snips, avoid closing the blades fully at the end of each stroke.
  • If you are using a circular saw, install the blade backward and cut slowly. Vinyl material is often delicate, and cutting in the reversed direction works well.
  • Utility knives and scoring tools can snap the siding in half with medium pressure.

Vinyl siding fastening procedure

  1. Regardless of your fastener choice, you should make sure they penetrate at least ¾ into the furring or framing stud.
  2. Make sure the panels are well locked along the bottom length. Do not pull or force the panels upward when nailing.
  3. Leave some allowance, preferably 0.8mm, between the siding and the head of the fastener. The clearance makes sure the siding does not buckle when it experiences some temperature change.
  4. Fasten in the center of the panel first and work your way towards the ends.
  5. Your fasteners should be well placed in the center of each siding to allow for expansion and contraction.
  6. You should drive the fasteners straight to avoid panel buckling or distortion.

Work with the best siding installation experts in Charlotte NC

Fastening vinyl siding can be complex for a DIY job. It would be best to trust the experts with the siding installation job for the best results.

Steele Restoration is a fully licensed and insured Charlotte NC and Greenville SC-based general contractor and roofing company specializing in roofing, siding, and storm damage restoration for single-family homes, multi-family complexes, and commercial and industrial sites. We service Charlotte and surrounding areas including Rock Hill, Lake Norman, Steele Creek, Matthews, Ballantyne, and Blakeney, along with Greenville and Spartanburg SC areas.