We recently spoke the the architect we wrote about in this article a while back about hiring an Affordable Siding installer that could give us a bid and really finish the job in a quick time. We are lucky to have worked with a residential architect , mentioned in the above article, who has taken his time to walk us through the process of what to look for when hiring a Residential Portland Siding Contractors in our Area. We started looking at all the reviews on Yelp, Insider Pages and Home Adviser for the Best Siding Contractor Reviews in Portland, and found a couple to who really looked that they had good reviews and we were pleased with them! We had quite a few requirements regarding who we wanted and to redo the Exterior Facade of our home. Before we started on the job, we looked around for some basic information for siding installation to better acclimate ourselves with the project before us.
BASIC SIDING INSTALLATION RULES
Before getting started, it is important to review several rules of thumb for vinyl siding
application. The following rules, which come up throughout this guide, are critical for
proper vinyl siding installation:Installed panels and accessories should move freely from side to side.
- If installing a siding panel on the house, make sure to push up from the bottom until you see that the lock is fully-engaged w/ the piece under it. W/o stretching the panel, reach-up in there and fasten the panel into place.
- Now its time to Fasten nails or other screws in the center of the nailing-slot and ensure that the fastener goes into the siding a minimum of 3/4” (19mm) into a surface that is nailable.
- Don’t force the panels up or down if fastening into the position.
- Don’t drive the head of the fastener too tightly against the siding nail hem because you need to have enough room for proper holding efficieny. Give approximately 0.8mm (or about the thickness of a penny or dime) clearance in between the head of the fastener and the siding panel. Make sure the panels are able to move freely back and forth. Drive fasteners straight into the siding portion that will hold up the piece and ensure the piece is level to prevent bending after it has been installed or buckling of the panel.
- Make sure you Leave a minimum of 1/4” of clearance at all of the openings and stops to give for normal expanding and contracting of the siding. If you will be installing in temperatures that are below 40° F, make sure to increase the minimum clearance to 3/8” or so; this is due to the fact that siding (whether wood or vinyl) will contractor more under lower temperatures. .
- Make sure that you don’t caulk the panels where they join the receiver at the inside corners, and outside corners, and/or at the J-trim. Don’t caulk the overlap joints either.
- This is very important when installing siding – Don’t face-nail or staple through siding. You do not want nails on the outside (weather facing) of the siding, you can potentially ruin your underlayment or the sheeting on your house if you do this. Please note that Vinyl siding expands and contracts with outside temperature changes. If you end up Face-nailing, you can expect ripples in the siding due to the low temperatures.
- FOR RESIDING JOBS - If you are residing your home, removing uneven original siding will be necessary before starting to put up the new siding; make sure to take the necessary actions to ensure a smooth and continuous surface for proper siding installation.
- FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION - If this is a new construction home, try to avoid using green lumber as the sheeting of the house. Keep in mind that the siding can only be as straight as what its put on (Just like Drywall – if you have crooked Framing, your Drywall will be crooked, no matter how good of a drywaller and mudder you have). Double check that the wall is Plumb and if it isn’t, hire someone to fix it immediately before installing the siding. This is a new home, dont cut corners. You want only the best.
Now that we’ve discussed all the necessary steps of installation, whether on a New Home, Old home or Residing Job, make yourself familiar with these terms before starting to get bids on a siding. You want to be as informed as possible about what your getting. Familiarizing yourself with proper construction terms, specifically those pertaining to siding installation, will help you decipher a Quote or Bid appropriately and question items that are overpriced or not needed.
Siding Terminology to Become Accustomed to
- Backer board – flat material installed on the face of the house, installed between the studs and the siding, it provides a even surface for installing siding onto.
- Butt-lock — bottom edge of a siding, opposite the nailing slots, it locks onto to the the nextpanel.
- The Channel — the portion of the accessory trim where siding is inserted. Channels can also be referred trim.
- Course — This refers to as a row of panels extending the length of a home from a side to the other. If the siding goes Vertically, then from top to bottom.
- Head Flashing — Flashing is a piece of metal installed on vertical siding to make sure that water drips away from the siding panels and does not get into them.
- Face — Face refers to the side of siding that you can see after you’ve installed the panel and it is on your home.
- Face-nailing — Putting a Nail or screw on the “face”or Outter facing side of a siding panel. We dont recommend this as you can have water damage if not sealed properly
- Fascia — A trim piece that is covering the ends of roof
- Fascia Board — the board that is fastened to the ends of the rafters in between the roofing
- Flashing — a thin, flat material, usually metal or sheet-metal, that is placed under corner posts, or windows, to help water that is draining water from going inside of the walls or windows.
These are just a few terms to get the feeling of what your bid will be like when your are looking for a Siding Installer in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, WA areas. With the help of our architect, who we mentioned in the previous article, we were able to find the best deal for the quality of work we wanted using a local contractor. We ended up using the company “Wood Guild” in Portland (See there website here at http://www.woodguild.com , and check their Services Page for Siding Installation Services they provide in Portland, OR) and were more than Pleased with the Results! We recommend them to anyone looking for a Very Affordable (might I say, CHEAP!) siding job – they also let us know that they do Fencing, Decks and general handyman related work! We are happy with the Results and would love to work with them again!
Here are some Pictures of how are Siding Job turned out: