With our innovative, interactive Siding Design Showcase you can explore all the design possibilities for your remodeling or new construction project. The Siding Design Showcase features our extensive line of siding products, exterior accents, trim, and shutters - not to mention a wide array of classic and contemporary color options - for the ideal design canvas. You can create the look that is a realization of your colorful visions. Then print your unique design as a blueprint for your project.
Minimum system requirements:
Adobe Flash Player version 8
800x600 Monitor Resolution
32bit (16 Million Colors) video mode
Every effort has been made to make the colors in this application as accurate as possible. However, due to variables such as individual monitor settings, we recommend that you make final color decisions using actual vinyl samples.
At Wildcat Siding and Windows our professional installation staff will install your siding by using only the best and economical practices that will be sure to produce the best overall appearance and functionality of your vinyl siding. With over 30 years of experience we know just what to do to make your vinyl siding installation endure many years of wear and tear and it will be able to uphold under climatic changes and always give your house outstanding curb appeal.
Here is the installation process:
Surface Preparation is Critical
Wildcat Siding will make sure that the surface to which the siding will be applied will be as smooth as possible and solid. Now is the time to seal energy leaks. We will caulk all cracks around windows and doors at this time.
To increase the energy efficiency, Wildcat will install foil faced foam sheathing at this time. This is especially true if we are installing vinyl over an existing brick or wood sided house. If we are installing vinyl on a new home, we will be sure to install foil faced foam sheathing AND an air/water infiltration barrier.
Trim - The Detail Work is First
Corner posts, J channels, light blocks, dryer vent accessories, front door cornices, arches, etc. are all installed first. The vinyl siding is actually the last thing that is installed. The corner posts, J channels, and other trim pieces have a channel into which the ends of the siding rests. This hides the cut end of siding from view. Why? Vinyl siding is not solid. If you were to look at it sideways, it would be quite unattractive.
If we are working in warm weather, the vinyl siding and trim is very pliable. It will cut readily with a tin snips.
J channel is the trim piece that is used to surround windows and doors on many occasions. It is available in a standard width and often an extra wide width. The extra wide material looks more like real wood trim. Wildcat suggests you consider it. There are special ways that the trim must be cut and nailed.
Starter Strip - An Aluminum Accessory
Vinyl siding pieces interlock with one another. We install vinyl siding from the bottom of the structure and finish at the top. The material is blind nailed through slots found at the top of the siding. So how does the first piece of siding keep from flapping in the breeze? We install a pre-bent piece of aluminum starter strip. It must be installed level or parallel with the line you wish to follow as the siding goes up then the first piece of siding is pulled up tight to the starter strip. Each successive piece of siding is pulled tight to the one below.
Vinyl siding and trim expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Wildcat will always plan for this. The corner posts must be installed 1/4 inch away from the soffit or other horizontal stop point at the top of each corner. We plumb each corner post and drive the first nail in the top of the nailing slots. All nails must be nailed in the top of the slots so that the corner posts 'hang' from the nails. Each the nail head is installed 1/32 inch away from the vinyl. This will allow the vinyl room to expand and contract.
If we need to splice two lengths of corner post together, the upper piece overlaps the lower piece. This allows rain water to shed off just like a shingle roof.
Installing the Siding
Note the factory made notches are located on the upper and lower corners on the front and back. These notches are important. These notches allow us to overlap pieces of siding. The siding pieces can move sideways independent of one another because of the notching.
Wind can cause vinyl siding to rattle. The sun and heat can cause vinyl siding to grow or expand. For these reasons, it is VITALLY important that vinyl siding be nailed properly! If we were to nail too loosely, the vinyl siding will rattle and flap as the wind blows. If the installer nails it too tightly, then it will bubble and bow on a hot day. The proper nailing is very important. The vinyl siding flange must be tight against the sheathing. The head of the nail must stop within 1/32 inch before touching the vinyl siding. This space is just less than the thickness of a dime! Wildcat will always install this part correctly!
Gable End Angles
How do you find these angles? Easy! We will slide a full piece of siding so the top corner just touches the angle. We lay a scrap piece of siding against the gable end angle. Trace along the bottom of the siding a line which is parallel to the roof line. This is the line that we use to cut and produce the gable end angle. After cutting, the piece fits perfectly, then we save the outfall and use it as a template for all future cuts.