How To Install Anchor Pieces On Your Home's Exterior
Adding siding to your home is a huge remodeling project--mainly because it will be completely changing the look of your home's exterior. It is a drastic remodel when it comes to the curb appeal of your property. However, this does not mean that it has to be a huge and expensive remodel. If you install vinyl siding, the project is actually quite affordable and easy. The project is definitely the most cost effective if you install the siding on your own. Luckily, this is a project that many homeowners do on their own, despite having no construction experience. This article explains how to handle installing the anchor pieces, which is the most difficult step in the installation.
Installing Anchor Pieces
Vinyl siding is sold in kits. These kits include all of the pieces and instructions that you need to install it on your own. You will need a few basic tools as well. Vinyl is easy to install because the siding pieces are engineered to be modular. This means most pieces can be attached to each other without any glue, screws or fasteners. You do need to use power tools to attach the anchor pieces to the wall. The anchors are attached directly to the top of the existing sidewall, and the siding pieces are hung from it.
To install the anchor pieces you need a level, stud finder, and cordless power drill. The anchor pieces have predrilled holes for the screws. The screws you use will depend on what type of sidewall you have. On most walls, you will need to hit the studs inside the wall. This means you will need to relatively long screws that are at least 3" long. The vinyl kit instructions will explain how high to install the anchor piece at the top of the wall. This varies from brand to brand because they have different sizes and mounting styles. Figure out the distance from the top of the wall and then install the first screw at one end. Then, hold the anchor level while you install screw on the other end. After the screws are tightened, double check your level to make sure the anchor is perfect.
Now, install the rest of the screws into the predrilled holes. At this point your vinyl can be hung from the anchor. The rest of the installation goes by very quickly. Take the time to make sure your anchors are secure and level. If they are off or loose, your entire wall will be compromised. Talk with a professional, like MAK Construction Corporation, if you need help with your project.