How To Install Fiberglass Siding
Fiberglass is a lightweight, sturdy, and inexpensive material that aids in protecting your home from heat and moisture damage. The material also plays a huge role of giving your home a distinctive new look.
The good side with the material is that it has a coordinating, self-aligning and interlocking design that easily snaps into place for a perfect fit.
Installing this material is easy. This is because all you need is a tape measure, chalk, nails, hammer and builders’ felt.
The first thing that you should do is to measure the exterior of the house using a tape measure in order to determine the amount of siding that you need to purchase. Here you should measure all the exposed walls.
When making your calculations you should remember to subtract the height and width of all the doors and windows. The measurements that you get after doing your calculations are the ones that you use when purchasing your siding.
Once you have bought the sidings, you should apply a layer of builders’ felt to all the exposed portions of the wall.
To provide excellent weatherproofing you should slide sections of felt into corners and around the frames of your doors and windows. If you find it necessary, you should affix the felt using a slap stapler.
After doing this you should apply the starter strip (that comes with the sliding). Here you should apply the strip to the edge of one exposed wall and then secure it in place using nails. You should then run the starter strip along the length of the house while ensuring that it’s held in place with nails.
Once the starter strip is in place you should apply the first set of fiberglass siding panels. Here you should install the panels directly on the starter strip and then hold them in place using nails. You should continue installing the panels until you cover the entire house.
You should then install the second set using the same pattern that you used on the first set. You should secure the second set using a 1-inch overlap from the top of the first set to the bottom of the second set.
You should use a table saw to trim any siding that intersects with doors or windows. You should use the same saw to trim any siding that exceeds the height of the wall.
Once the entire house is covered you should run a line of caulk along the corners of your house. This is to provide a waterproof layer.