Most Common Types of Siding: Vinyl, Composite, and Wood/Cedar

Refer to the image above to help you learn the materials necessary on a home with siding.


Step 1—Tear off the Existing Siding
This first step in the process includes:

  • Removing the existing siding, trim, fascia, and soffit, as needed
  • Inspecting the sheathing under the siding and wood trim

Step 2—Install House Wrap

  • Install house wrap to protect sheathing
  • Flash windows, doors, etc.
  • Tape the seams of house wrap to prevent water intrusion

Step 3—Install Inside and Outside Corners
The purpose of installing these sections during this step is to:

  • Give siding a finished look and prevent future water damage

Step 4—J-Channel and J-Blocks

  • Protect your home with J-Channel, which is installed around windows and doors to help keep water from seeping in at these areas, as well as cover the ends of the siding to give your home a clean, finished look.

Step 5—Starter
During this step, starter is installed around the perimeter of the home in order to hold the first row of siding in place.

Step 6—Siding Installation

  • Leveling the siding and nailing it down
  • Ensuring the siding is installed so that each piece locks tightly onto the ones surrounding it
  • Installing the siding so that it flows evenly around corners and obstacles
  • Apply caulking where necessary, like between the J-Channel and trim

Step 7—Wrapping Trim, Fascia, and Soffit (Optional)

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