How To Cut Vinyl Siding In 7 Easy Steps (DIY Guide)
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How to Cut Vinyl Siding In 7 Easy Steps (DIY Guide)

Posted by Northface Construction

Looking to boost your curb appeal with new siding? Vinyl siding has become a popular choice among homeowners due to its durability, low maintenance requirements, and aesthetic appeal. While it is relatively easy to install, knowing how to cut vinyl siding properly is crucial for a successful installation.

In this blog post, we’ll explain:

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

house vinyl siding installation by a worker

Before you make an investment in your home, it is important to ensure you have picked the right product for your home. Here are some of the pros and cons of vinyl siding:

✅ Pros

❌ Cons

The Cost of Vinyl Siding

The cost of vinyl siding varies depending on several factors, including the quality of the material, the style, and the size of your home. On average, the cost can range from $2 to $7 per square foot for materials and installation.

Factors influencing the cost of vinyl siding include:

How to Properly Cut Vinyl Siding in 7 Steps

large house siding being installed by worker

Cutting vinyl siding may seem intimidating at first, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be a straightforward process.

1) Gather the Necessary Tools

Before you begin, ensure you have the follo

wing tools on hand:

2) Measure and Mark

Start by measuring the area where you need to cut the vinyl siding. Use a measuring tape to determine the exact length and width of the cut required. Transfer these measurements onto the vinyl siding by marking the lines with a pencil or chalk. Double-check your measurements to ensure accuracy.

3) Score the Vinyl

With the vinyl siding marked, take the utility knife and carefully score along the marked lines. Apply enough pressure to create a visible groove, but avoid cutting all the way through the siding at this stage. The score will serve as a guide for the vinyl snips and help prevent rough edges during the final cut.

4) Use Vinyl Siding Snips

Vinyl siding snips are designed with a specialized blade that cuts through vinyl without causing damage. Position the vinyl snips along the scored line and apply steady pressure to cut through the siding. For longer cuts, you may need to reposition the snips and continue cutting until the entire length is complete. Be patient and avoid forcing the snips through the material, as this could result in jagged edges.

5) Cutting Around Obstacles

When cutting around windows, doors, or other obstacles, measure and mark the cut lines as usual. If you encounter obstacles like electrical outlets or fixtures, remove the vinyl siding panel and make smaller cuts using the same scoring and snipping technique. Be cautious not to overcut or leave gaps around these obstacles to ensure a precise fit when reinstalling the panel.

6) Finishing Touches

Once the vinyl siding is cut and fitted around obstacles, double-check all the edges for smoothness and alignment. If you notice any rough or uneven edges, use a utility knife to carefully trim and clean up the cut. Remember that clean cuts will not only improve the appearance but also reduce the risk of water infiltration.

7) Installing Trim Pieces

When it is time to install vinyl siding, add appropriate trim pieces around the cut edges. These trims will not only enhance the aesthetics but also help protect the cut ends from moisture and insects.

Your Vinyl Siding Partner

Not ready to cut or install vinyl siding by yourself? Call on Northface Construction to help you with all of your home’s exterior improvements. Got a question? Contact us today to set up your appointment!

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