Vinyl siding is one of the few do-it-yourself types of siding. In addition, the product provides a maintenance-free exterior. Vinyl siding comes in 12-foot panels, which can quickly cover large wall areas. The same rules apply in these restricted areas, and you’ll be amazed at how fast you can install the smaller pieces beside the doors once the first piece is in place. Vinyl siding installations are very common in abroad.
Locate the wall studs on the exterior of the garage, with a stud finder and snap a chalk line over each stud. Standard studs sit 16 inches apart. The chalk lines will serve as nailing guides.
Install the vinyl J-mold around the edges of the garage doors and windows. Measure from the top edge of the garage doorframe to a spot 3/4 inch below the edge of the boxing. Cut the J-mold to fit, and use 2-inch roofing nails at the rate of one nail every 8 inches to attach the J-mold.
Nail the vinyl corners in place. The corners should fit all the way to the top of the wall and extend to a spot 3/4 inch below the boxing.
Next cut a piece of vinyl starter strip, with aviation snips, 1/2 inch shorter than the measurement and attach it with 2-inch roofing nails to the bottom of the wall between the corner and the J-mold trim. The bottom of the starter strip should be 1/2 inch below the bottom of the boxing. Insert one nail every 8 inches.
Nail the siding in place over each chalk line with a 2-inch roofing nail but leave a 1/16 inch gap between the head of the nail and the boxing. Vinyl siding “hangs,” and if you nail it tightly, it will not have a smooth finish.
While installing keep in that if you don’t get the bottom of the siding level, the pieces won’t interlock smoothly when you reach the long piece at the top of the wall.