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Dealing With Seams When Installing Vinyl Siding

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Updating your home's exterior can be a great way to increase both its curb appeal and its overall value. One of the easiest ways to restore the exterior beauty of your home is by opting to invest in some new vinyl siding. Costing as little as $4.83 per square foot, vinyl can be an affordable way to improve the look of your home.

When it comes to installing vinyl siding, dealing with seams in the siding can be challenging. Here are three tips that you can use to ensure seams don't ruin the beauty and prestige that vinyl siding can offer your home.

1. Always start in the back of your home.

It's best to use a continuous strip of vinyl for each row of siding when you are completing the installation process. You should only cut the siding when you need to go around a corner. This will ensure that you create as few seams as possible.

It's also important that you remember to begin the installation process in the back of your home. That way the seam where the beginning and end of your long strip of siding meet will be facing your backyard instead of facing the curb, where it would be highly visible.

2. Always start with the factory end when creating a seam.

Any seams that you do create while you are installing your vinyl siding should consist of two factory edges. The factory edge of a piece of vinyl siding is engineered specifically to enable overlap.

Proper overlap will help to prevent moisture from seeping underneath the siding strips and into the plywood backing below. When you make a manual cut, this raw edge doesn't have the ability to join-up like the factory end. Be sure that you only create seams using two factory ends to prevent water from compromising your home's structural integrity.

3. Use a level to ensure your seams line up.

As you work your way around the house installing a long strip of vinyl siding, it's important that you stop frequently to check you work with a level.

Although you may not notice a slight difference in the levelness of the strip during installation, this difference will become a glaring mistake when the seam doesn't line up properly. Taking caution to check your work with a level will ensure that you don't have mismatched seams serving as an eyesore on your home's exterior.

When you know how to properly deal with seams as you install vinyl siding, you can effectively use this affordable siding product to update your home's outward appearance. Contact a siding contractor for more information.