I live in the Northeast and am considering having my
house vinyl sided. Do installers routinely do this
sort of work year round or is it necessary to wait
for warmer weather?
If installation in the winter is commonplace, are there
any drawbacks to having the work done at that time of year?
The existing siding must be removed if that is a factor
in determining whether the work can be done in the winter.
They build homes all year long, don't they. Yea it's done all year
long. If they know what they are doing it should not be a problem, if they
don't know what they are doing, waiting until summer is not going to help.
Only two things that I can think of.
1. The plastic will be stiffer in cold weather and will not bend as
freely as it does in warm weather. Not so much that the siding will
crack, but it is a little more difficult to bend the siding to fit into
J-channel and into the corner post channel, especially in tight spaces.
2. When cutting cold siding to length, it is imperative to take into
account that the cold siding is probably at its most contracted state,
and it will expand when it gets warm, so the allowance for expansion
must be strictly adhered to. If it is not allowed for, the siding will
be rippled when it gets warm.
FWIW, vinyl siding is not nailed firmly to the sheathing, it is hung
from roofing type nails which are driven into the center of the slots
provided, leaving a gap between the nail head and sheathing to allow for
lateral movement for expansion and contraction. If you have ever seen
vinyl siding that is rippled, it is because someone nailed it tightly
instead of hanging it. I have to look at the ripples in my neighbor's
vinyl siding every summer because someone nailed it solidly. It goes
away in the winter though, when the siding contracts.
An experienced sider will know all this and will probably only take his
personal comfort into account as to whether he wants to hang siding in
Before having the vinyl installed, I need to have the existing
hardboard siding removed. I have a couple of sections ~ 4x2
where water has gotten behind the siding and has damaged the
OSB sheathing. Do vinyl installers typically do these repairs or
is this something I have to sub out to someone else?
When you have the guy come out to give you an estimate, tell him about
any repairs that you know about and might have to be made. He can then
bring the repair material when he comes to install the vinyl, rather
than him having to stop in the middle of the job to go get some.
Here's something else you might consider. When I had my siding
installed, I opted for an underlayment, which was 3/8" thick polystyrene
boards with aluminum foil on front and back. Just for a little more heat
and sound insulation. It wasn't a whole lot more added to the cost. My
house is very quite. I can't even hear cars or trucks pulling up in my
driveway. I see the oil or propane delivery guy walk by my window
dragging a hose and never heard the truck pull up.
I've seen a foam product that some installations use to smooth
out the wall and to provide at least a little insulation, both
sound and temperature. I thought this was something that I
would like to have. I would think that I still need to have
the OSB repaired to provide a good nailing surface. I figured
that since the board is exposed anyway it would be good to do
I hope you have OSB and not that fiberboard crap like another neighbor
of mine whose house was built about 35 years ago by one of those
mass-producing, common bi-level (split foyer), home builders. He has
asbestos shingle siding over the fiberboard and the nails keep popping
out. There is no way to pound them back in where they will stay. As a
matter of fact, they can almost be pushed back in with a thumb. That
stuff is more suited to be used as a bulletin board.
My custom built, one-off, house has plywood sheathing (built in 1984).
Definitely easier to make repairs when the siding is off, rather than
after it is resided. :-)
Around here, fastening must be done every 16" and into a stud. Just hanging
into the OSB or plywood is a big no-no. Even old homes with 1"x material,
the siding fasteners must hit a stud every 16". Our area requires 16" OC
wall studs, and not 24" OC like some areas.
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