Installing heartland vinyl siding or any siding

We can start installing the heartland vinyl siding once the trim and other accessories have been put secured in place. Vinyl siding is basically the same installation regardless of the brand.

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To make sure that the vinyl panels are even all the way around the house, we need to take some measurements on one wall from corner to corner.

Start at the soffit and measure down to the top of the foundation. Subtract the width of the starter strip plus ¼ inch.

Mark that spot or put a nail there and attach a chalk line. Next, you will go to the other corner and do the same measurement. Stretch a chalk line between the two measurements and use a 4 foot level to make sure it’s level.

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You will be able to find the lowest corner of the house by this means. The lowest corner is where you begin your reference point. Snap the chalk line and then move on to the other sides of the house.

When you get back to the starting point, the chalk line should match up. You can start the first piece of starter strip by putting it against the chalk line so that the top touches the line.


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Be sure to leave about ¼ inch gap between starter strips to allow for expansion. Now we can put our first vinyl panel in place.

The first panel will lock in place over the starter strip and will slide into the corner post.


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You will want to leave ¼ inch gap when you slide the panel into the corner post so it doesn’t go all the way in to the end. That will leave room for expansion.

Then pull the panel up so it has a snug fit and nail it into place using the centers of the nailing hems. Don’t pull up too hard on each panel.

You don’t want to stretch the heartland vinyl siding panels because they will pull away with temperature changes. Try to straddle or offset the seams so they look nice.


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The panels will overlap about 1 inch where there is a seam, that will prevent them from pulling apart and leaving the walls exposed.


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Once you get to the last row, you will need to make a special fit by measuring how wide the last piece has to be. Then you will cut off the nail hem and punch snap-lock lugs into the panel so it will fit up into the utility trim.


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The last piece just snaps in place and stays there. That is the last step to the vinyl siding project. Your work will look professional and you’ll save at least half by doing it all yourself.


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The heartland vinyl siding is one of the best choices to accomplish what we need in terms of affordability and quality. There are many contractors that discourage the public from doing the work themselves.

They say that an inexperienced installer can make costly mistakes. I don’t go for that. I never did. Homeowners are going to take the time to get it right without rushing through it.

Besides, vinyl is so easy to work with that even the most novice builder can learn the basics in just a short time and the basics is good enough to do a great job.

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