We live in Southern California. We're considering installing vinyl
siding on a patio room remodel. One friend (a contractor) said that
vinyl siding really isn't meant for new construction--only as an
overlay of older covering.
We were planning to use tar paper over the plywood walls, but wondered
whether we should consider something like Tyvek. The interior walls
are heavily insulated.
We would also be interested in anyone's thoughts on vinyl siding from
a do-it-yourself perspective.
vinyl on new construction is totallyl fine. good even.
use tyvek house wrap.
and if you have to ask, imho you dont want to do the siding yourself. its
not so much 'hard', as it requires much patience or practice and tools you
dont have to do a good job. its easy to fix though if thats what you
I wonder what tools you are referring to? I just did a small vinyl siding
job myself on a portion of my home, and I didn't need any special tools for
it. Lets see, as I recall I used a circular saw, a pair of snips, a hammer,
a pencil, a ruler,a straight edge, a chalkline, and a utility knife, that
was about it...nothing specialized that I recall. Patience, sure, any good
job requires some of that, and practice, well, the only way to get that is
to give it a shot, the materials aren't that expensive that a ruined piece
or two is a disaster, and as long as the person takes reasonable care the
job should work out fine.
first off mikey, im guessing you wouldnt have had to ask <g> im trying to
give a short reply to a long question asked by someone i dont know. i would
bet the person who wrote the post doesnt have even the complete tool set you
mention. and there are other tools that make the job much easier.
scafolding for one....
secondly you said it yourself. a small siding job on a portion of your
home. im guessing that means flat open wall. multiply that out and
estimate how long it would have taken to do an entire house, trimming in the
windows, inside and outside corners, doors, eaves, everything....
for the record, i wont hang drywall either. its not that i 'cant' do it...
the pros can just do it so much faster and better its not worth my time. my
time would be better spent at a minimum wage job earning money to pay a pro
to hang the drywall. maybe a couple sheets, or a garage, but not a finished
just so you know where im coming from...
Actually the siding job I referred to was a small protruding extension of
the house, 3 walls, 2 inside and 2 outside corners, a patio door, a couple
of vents ( dryer and stove), a few outside electrical fixtures and the
eaves. None of the walls were very big ( all less than 12 feet) so I said
small, but actually I think this was pretty involved for a small job. I did
it in 2 less than full days with one inexperienced helper, and my guess
would be we could have done the whole house in a little more than a week, I
know I could have easily done the whole side of the house along with the
protrusion ( I considered it) with very little extra work, that would have
been the straight flat part! I found this first siding job to be far less
challenging than building the walls in the first place, and it came out just
fine. I wouldn't hesitate the do the entire house if I find the need, though
I will agree with you that if it was more than a 1.5 story house I would
want scaffolding, I managed with just an extension ladder but there were
some tough spots that would have went much easier with some better work
Thanx for your feedback. That really helps. Re: doing it myself, if
it was just me doing it, then there's no way I'd tackle it, but my son
works in construction and is quite gifted in such matters (my wife and
I are his "helpers"). Having said that, he's never seen or done vinyl
siding before. We're reading up on it on the Internet and watched a
Bob Vila video (on-line) showing the major issues. It looks like
something we (i.e., my son with an assist from his parents) can do a
credible job at . . . at least we hope so.
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