I once re sided a 20 x 20 garage .
The only problems I had was getting a nice join between two adjacent
pieces of siding and getting the very top piece of siding in place.
(it had to be cut horizontally to fit )
Cutting vinyl siding is a bit of a mess with a power saw .
I just completed my 1500 SF bilevel, so pretty much the same size job. I built
the 2 story addition new, and stripped the other part of the home to the bare
walls, installed new windows and doors, so it was more of a new install than a
re-side job. Re-siding is a bit harder as you have to trim out the windows,
doors, etc. In a new install the windows and doors are ready to accept the
Probably the hardest part for a beginner will be working the 2nd story parts. I
use a pump jack setup, which I highly recommend instead of ladder jacks or
scaffolds. Here is the type I use:
You will need to be able to bend aluminum trim if you are going to trim the
The Vinyl Siding Institute has nice online manuals at:
I used rented staging for my current house (it's cedar siding,
but...). The stuff is cheap here, $10/wk/section. IIRC it's about
$20/month. I much prefer walking on staging than risking ladder or
pump-jacks. One can set the saws and all up on the back side of
the staging too.
Thanks that's a nice pdf.
I too am considering doing siding myself. Currently have aluminum
siding that has problems. Permanent black pitted mold, dented and
falling off in places.
Also want to replace the windows with Anderson new construction
windows. So now is the time to replace siding.
Assume I would need to remove the old before installing the new.
Soffits don't appear to be that difficult either. My concern is the
area under the porch. I guess it would be called facia. There are
wooden horizontal supports that have been encased in aluminum. Looks
like it would need a special tool to bend large pieces.
Wondering if I should just leave it exposed and paint it.
Not very difficult for a handy person. You need a few tools and a couple of
ladders. If you are comfortable working on a ladder, can cut straight,
hammer a nail, use a little common sense, you are good to go. Just get the
first piece straight and level and the rest goes easy.
I haven't done vinyl, but I did a bunch of vinyl-clad aluminum.
Once the preliminaries were done it went up like a charm. Not one
problem. It's not hard at all. Read the directions and perhaps a
book or two.
As others have said, it is no big mystery and anyone "handy" can do it.
I reccommend the 'read up on it' first and if at all possible, watch a
professional crew doing it for a few hours if they will let you.
As for bending trim. When I did my house (steel siding) the company I
bought from loaned me a bending break at no charge.
I did my patio area, and like it a lot in that location.
The only thing I would add to the already excellent advice is; use
screws rather than nails, it goes nice and if you have to take it
apart, it is a minor inconvienence, and you don't exen kill the siding
I will do it again, I have to I want to change the size of the windows
in a section already done, thank God I used screws.
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