The Ultimate Installing Vinyl Siding Quiz

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Vinyl siding is likely to last for how long?

Vinyl siding is weather resistant, and will usually last several decades.

Which of these is usually used to hold up siding?

Siding needs to be nailed directly to the house, though not too tightly.

Why should you avoid nailing siding too tightly to the house?

Siding will expand and contract with the weather. If it's nailed too tightly it won't be able to expand, and might crack.

To what will you nail your new layer of siding?

Always nail your new siding to a layer of wood, so that the nails remain in place.

The first strip of siding you install is called what?

You will first need to attach a starter strip, which will then guide the rest of the project.

Before you nail each new strip of siding, you must first do which of these?

You must make sure to lock each strip into place -- it should snap into place. Then you can nail that strip into the wood.

What sort of siding should you use for the areas around your windows?

There are two types of siding: the standard siding you will attach to the walls of your house, and the trim pieces, which you will use around windows and doors.

The first set of measurements you take should be which of these?

You should first determine the total area of the exterior walls of your house. To do so you will first measure the height and width of an exterior wall, and multiply the two figures to calculate the area -- repeat for each wall.

To determine the area of the triangular sections of the exterior, you should use which of these equations?

A triangle has half the area of a rectangle of the same width and height. Make sure to measure the height as the highest point, and the width of the widest side. Multiply the two figures, and then divide by two.

After calculating the area of each exterior wall, including triangular and irregular sections, what should you do?

You must now measure the gaps that result from windows and doors, so that you don't end up ordering more siding than you need.

If all of the windows in your home are the same size, you can save time with which of these short cuts?

You're just going to subtract the total area of the gaps from the total area of the exterior, so you don't need to measure each window separately. Simply measure one window, and multiply the result times the number of windows.

Now that you know the areas of each wall, and the area of the gaps, what should you do?

Now that you know the amount of area you have to cover, and the amount of area you have to keep uncovered, subtract the second from the first, and that's approximately how much siding you need.

Once you have calculated the amount of siding you need, you should add how much leeway to the order?

You should order 10 percent more than the total area you've calculated. You will need this leeway for cutting down certain sheets to accommodate your house's unique shape.

If you have to cover 2,500 square feet, you will have to order how many "squares" of siding?

The vinyl-siding industry standard of measurement is a 100-square foot unit called a "square." You will order siding in terms of squares, so divide the area you must cover by 100, and order that many so-called squares of siding.

One of the very few disadvantages of vinyl siding is which of these?

One of the few problems with vinyl siding is how easily it gets dirty. It tends to accumulate mold and dust, so clean it regularly.

What are the best materials with which to clean vinyl siding?

Dish soap and water are all you need to keep your vinyl siding looking clean.

When cleaning siding with a high-pressure hose, you should avoid which of these?

If you use a high-pressure hose to clean your siding, you should spray the water at an angle; spraying directly could damage the vinyl.

In which direction should the water approach the siding?

Vinyl siding is designed to drain water, so wash it from the top and let the water drain as it would if it were raining.

If you haven't cleaned your siding in while, you should add a little bit up which of these chemicals to the soapy water?

A soft oxygen bleach will help pull off the grimy layer that often develops on vinyl.

What should you use to apply soapy water to vinyl siding?

You should use a soft brush to apply a layer of soapy water, from the bottom up, to your siding. Don't use anything that might scratch the vinyl.

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About This Quiz

As you left the house the other day, you noticed that the exterior is in a desperate state. An experienced do-it-yourselfer such as you doesn’t need a pro to put up some siding, though. You're quite sure you can do this one on your own. Take our quiz first, to make sure you know what's involved in installing new vinyl siding for your home.

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