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Tips For Installing Vinyl Siding On Your Storage Shed

If you recently built a plywood storage shed in your backyard, then you will need to protect its exterior from the elements. One of the easiest ways to provide this protection is to install vinyl siding on the shed. Vinyl siding comes in many colors and styles that will easily complement your shed and allow you to match its look to the style of your home. While installing vinyl siding is typically a simple process, there are some things that you can do to make the process go a lot smoother for you. To this end, here are some tips to help you with the installation process.

Use a Wide Starting Strip

The first part of the vinyl siding that you install will be the metal starting strip. Since starting strips come in a variety of widths, you should choose the widest option possible. A wide starting strip can be installed down close to the ground and will provide the best resistance to snow and rain water for your storage shed.

Use the Right Tools when Working with Vinyl Siding

When you work with vinyl siding products, the best thing you can do for yourself is to use the right tools for the job. For instance, if you try to cut siding with a saw blade that is designed for wood, then the siding will crack and splinter. However, using a blade designed for vinyl will give you clean cuts and no fracturing. You should also use a vinyl punch for making nail holes, and a sharp pair of tin snips for custom cuts around areas such as outlet covers.

Use Galvanized Roofing Nail with Vinyl Siding

Since you need your siding application to repel water for many years to come, you should use galvanized roofing nails to install the siding on your storage shed. Galvanized roofing nails are treated so that they will not rust when they come into contact with water. 

Use a Proper Nailing Technique to Attach Vinyl Siding

Finally, when you nail the vinyl siding to your storage shed, make sure that you do not nail the nail heads down flush with the siding. The nail heads should stick up a bit and allow the siding to safely expand and contract in the changing temperatures. If you nail the siding down too tightly to the shed's plywood, then the siding will crack as it tries to expand in hot weather.