How To Install Vinyl Siding

1) Do not nail tightly. Allow a minimum of 1/16'' between the back of the nail head and the nailing strip. Nails should penetrate a minimum of 1'' into a solid nailable surface and be no more than 16'' apart. All panels should slide free, horizontal, after nailing.

2) Always nail in the center of the slot. WARNING: Do not nail at the end of a slot! Doing so will cause the sliding panel to be permanently damaged. If you must nail near the end of a slot to hit a stud, etc., extend the length of the slot with a nail slot-punch tool.


4) Leave a minimum of 1/4'' clearance at all openings and accessory channel stops to allow for normal expansion and contraction. In cold weather (below freezing) leave 3/8'' minimum clearance.

5) Do not stretch horizontal siding panels upward when applying. Instead, push upward on the bottom of the panel you are installing, until the locks fully engage. Nail in place. Panels should hang without strain after nailing. Stretching the panel upwards pulls the natural radius out of the panel and increases friction of the locks.

6) When installing shutters, cable mounts, etc., make sure the screw hole in the siding is 1/4'' larger than the attachment screw diameter (example: an 1/8'' screw requires a 3/8'' hole in the siding). This will allow panel to expand and/or contract.

For more detailed instructions take a look at the Royal Building Products installation guides.

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