How to Side a House

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Scott Kirschner

Mar 29

We’re impressed. You’re researching how to side a house — and that must mean you’re a serious DIY-er.

We don’t want to scare you away from learning how to side a house. In fact, it’s something that you should learn if you’re motivated, handy and on a budget.

However, sometimes it’s easy to run into unexpected problems that arise when you’re doing something for the first time. And in those cases, it can oftentimes save you money to let a pro take care of the rest.

In this article, we’re going to give you basic guidance on how to side a house by yourself. We’re going to use vinyl siding as the example.

Then, we’re going to provide you with a resource that you can rely on in a pinch should you run into an issue that prevents you from finishing the siding by yourself. You won’t regret learning about this resource because it can also help you in many other categories of home improvement projects.

So, take our advice. Read this article through to the end!

How to Side a House By Yourself

1. Gather Tools & Materials

The first step of how to side a house by yourself is to gather the necessary tools for the job. This will ensure you don’t interrupt the job by needing to make a run to your local home improvement store. You’ll need the following:

  • Nails
  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer
  • Snips
  • Level
  • Chalk line
  • Pencil
  • Vinyl siding materials (amount and types to be determined by you in advance — we recommend reading through this article first to get an idea)

2. Measure & Cut the Corner Post

When you set out to side a house by yourself, you’re going to run into corners–as many as your home has on the exterior. This should be determined ahead of time how many corner panels you’ll need, and approximately what length they need to be.

Starting with one corner of your home, use a chalk line and your tape measure to measure the length of the corner post on the house (a siding piece made for corners). Then, mark the corner post vinyl siding panel itself with a pencil where you’ll need to cut it. You’ll need to cut it so that there will be a .5 inch gap in between the eave of the house and the top of the corner post siding.

3. Fasten the Corner Post Siding

Starting at the top of the corner post, use your hammer and nails to fasten the corner post siding every 12 inches down the post. Continue to check the plumb from start to finish, to make sure the corner siding is following a perfect vertical line.

4. Lay the Starter Tip

Starting from the lowest point of the wall that will need siding, run the chalk line horizontally across the side of your house for the very first horizontal piece of siding that you’ll be installing.

Align the top of the starter strip with your chalk line and have it sit there while you use a level to make sure it’s perfectly straight. This is how to side a house so that it looks professionally done.

5. Fasten the Starter Tip

Use your hammer and nails to fasten the starter strip into place every ten inches, keeping it level.

6. Install J-Channel Trim

The next step of how to side a house is to install the j-channel trim pieces around your windows. Miter the end of a trim piece so that it fits two channel widths wider than the opening of the window. Place this under the window. Then, measure and cut one for each side of the window and one for above the window.

7. Cut the Siding

The second to last step of how to side a house by yourself is to measure and cut the first piece of siding so that it’s as long as the width of your starter strip. Install the first piece of your siding on top of the starter strip. Continue measuring and cutting rest of your siding.

8. Install the Remainder of Your Siding

The final step of how to side a house by yourself is to finish the job. Using your hammer and nails, nail each following piece of siding so that it is not driven all of the way into the house. The gap should measure approximately 1/8 inch.

After that, you must overlay each of the remaining pieces of siding to cover your house.

We suggest overlapping the siding material to make the top as close to your home’s front door as possible. This way, the siding will have a seamless look when observing the exterior from your entryway.

How to Side a House With the Help of a Professional

If you happen to run into any problems while trying to learn how to side a house by yourself, it will be handy to have an extra resource on hand. Especially if you are down to the wire with time.

With, you can easily find and hire a professional to give you advice or finish the job for you. Using our app or website, you’ll get the best quote possible because you’ll be contacted online by multiple contractors who know siding.

You won’t need to spend time talking on the phone, and you can chat about the project and send your contractor photos via instant messenger of the trouble spots you ran into on your siding. This will help them provide you with a quote, which is completely free.

Watch the video below to learn how else you benefit if you decide to hire a contractor via


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Scott Kirschner

Mar 29

Being the Marketing Director at Scott works on automation for e-commerce as well as creative design. In his free time Scott plays in several bands around Detroit, MI. He enjoys backpacking through the outdoors and traveling across the world.