When vinyl siding gets cracked, warped, or loose, it may be time to replace it. Installing new vinyl siding is easier in warm weather, but it can also be installed in the winter if necessary. Siding installers need to make some adjustments to their methods to account for changes that will happen to the siding as the seasons change.
Vinyl siding and other building materials expand and contract in response to changes in temperature. When the temperature rises, a building material expands in length. When the temperature falls, the building material contracts and gets shorter. Vinyl siding generally has a higher rate of expansion due to temperature than other materials, such as wood. A 12-foot-long piece of vinyl siding will expand over 5/8 inch between winter and summer.
Installing when the temperature is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit can minimize changes. If the siding is installed at 30 degrees and then the temperature rises to 100 degrees in the summer, the siding will expand nearly 40 percent more than it would have if it had been installed at 50 degrees.
Contractors need to take this expansion and contraction into account when installing vinyl siding. Installers need to make adjustments to the length of siding when it is cut to prepare for these changes and to allow the siding to expand. This is especially important in areas around windows and door casings. If the siding is too close, it will expand, hit the casing, and start to buckle.
It is also important to nail vinyl siding correctly. The nails should never be set tight to the nailing fin. There should always be a 1/16-inch space between them. After the siding is nailed, it should be able to move freely from side to side. If it is difficult to move a panel, it will most likely buckle when it expands in the summer.
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors can install new vinyl siding to improve the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. If your house needs new siding and you don’t want to wait until spring, contact us today to get an estimate.