York Panel Siding Installation Guide

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

  1. Hammer
  2. Ruler
  3. Snips or Saw
  4. Square
  5. Chalk Line
  6. Some type of color complimenting caulk to apply as necessary

Directions:

Note: These instructions show one type of siding installation. Methods other than the ones shown may be used at the risk of the installer.

Basic Rules for Siding Installation:

  1. Nail in the center of the slot, every 10 inches.
  2. Do not nail tightly.
  3. Do not face nail.
  4. Leave a minimum of 1/4 inch clearance in all J-Channels and stops (increase to 3/8 inch when installing in temperatures below 40°F) allow for expansion and contraction of the panels.
  5. The bottom edge of the manufactured home siding panel you are installing must rest on the top step of the lower stone panel.

Preparing Wall Surfaces:
The manufactured home sidings should be installed over plywood, or a wood composite solid sheathing; not less than 7/16 inch thickness should be used to provide an even substrate (see ASTM/VSI installations standards). The use of house wrap is recommended behind York panels, and required by the IRC and IBC.

In order to maintain the wind load resistance, the wood framing materials should meet all local building codes for exterior structural lumber and the fasteners for attaching York panels to framing materials should be corrosion-resistant nails having a minimum 3/8 inch diameter (9.5mm) head and 1/8 inch diameter (3.2mm) smooth shanks, and should be long enough to penetrate framing members by a minimum of 3/4 inch (19mm). Nails should be installed through the center of the nailing slots, every 10 inches. Do not nail tightly and do not face nail.

Siding Installation

Starting:

  1. Install 1 inch J-Channels at all corners, windows, doors, and eaves (unless the windows/doors already have pre-fabricated J-Channels). The use of York manufactured home siding corners are recommended around all outside corners.
  2. Strike a level chalk line at the bottom of each wall section marking the top point where the starter strip is to be installed. Note: The York starter strip must be used for all York installations.
  3. Install the starter strip by nailing in the center of the nailing slot every 10 inches. Leave a minimum of 1/4 inch clearance in all J-Channels and stops. When using more than one piece of starter strip, leave a 1/4 inch gap between the starter strips to allow for expansion and contraction.

Installing the First Course:

  1. All manufactured home siding panels are installed left to right.
  2. Begin the siding installation by trimming the left side of the first panel so it can be installed flush into the J-Channel or corner post (Figure 1). Please note the panels can be trimmed/cut with a saw. Leave a minimum 1/4 inch gap in al J-Channels and stops (increase to 3/8 inch when installing in temperatures below 40°F). All subsequent starting panels for each course must be trimmed so they can be installed flush into the J-Channel or corner post.

    Trim the first panel of the siding installation for flush placement.Figure 1
  3. Install the first panel by locking it into the starter strip and then nailing in the center of the nailing slots every 10 inches into solid substrate of framing members.
  4. Leave a 3/16 inch gap between the nailing hem of the panels to allow for expansion and contraction.

Lapping Panels:

  1. To lap a panel into the previously installed panel, insert the lap into the slot in the middle of previously installed panel's receiving lap (Figure 2). Make certain that the lap slides over the top and bottom of the receiving lap.

    Insert the manufactured home siding panel's lap into the correct slot as directed.Figure 2
  2. Lock the panel into the top lock of the one below or into the starter strip (Figure 3).

    Siding installation requires a tap or knock of the panel to make sure they lock together.Figure 3
  3. Leave a 1/8 inch to gap between the nailing hem of the panels to allow for expansion and contraction.

Joining Courses:

  1. When joining courses during siding installation, press a small portion of the leading edge (left side) of the butt lock into the top lock of the previously installed course.
  2. Continue pressing small portions of the butt lock of the manufactured home siding from left to right into the top lock of the previously installed panel, making certain the butt lock is fully engaged into the top lock until the full length of the siding panel is locked. This may be best accomplished by a slight tap of the hand or slight knock with the fist causing the panel to pop into place.

Finishing a Course:

  1. The last panel in each course will have to be trimmed to the proper length. First, measure the distance for the panel to be cut.
  2. Using a square, mark a line on the panel to ensure a straight cut.
  3. Cut the panel using snips or a circular saw (use a blade designed for PVC (Figure 4).

    The last panel of a siding installation course should be measured and trimmed as necessary.Figure 4
  4. On the last panel in a siding installation course, making sure to leave a minimum 1/4 inch gap in the J-channel or stop to allow for expansion and contraction.
  5. The cut pieces from the end of a course may be used to start the next course.

Finishing at the Eave and Under a Window:

  1. When you reach the top of a wall, you will need to cut a manufactured home siding panel to fit. First, measure the distance to determine the width of the panel to be cut (Figure 5).

    Siding installation at the top of a wall requires proper measurement and a panel trimmed to fit.Figure 5
  2. Make sure to subtract the 1/4 inch from the dimension to account for the gap that needs to be between the panel and the J-Channel to allow for expansion and contraction.
  3. Siding installation options for adjoining into the receiving J-Channel:

      A. Install a 1 inch J-Channel across the top of the wall, then install a piece of utility trim inside the J-channel (this will be used as a spacer). Take the last course of manufactured home siding and then, using your snap lock punch tool, penetrate the siding (Figure 6) and then lock into place.

      Take the last course of manufactured home siding and then, using your snap lock punch tool, penetrate the siding (Pic 6) and then lock into place.Figure 6

      B. Install a shim into the J-Channel to create tension on the panel and hold the face of the panel in the J-Channel if necessary.

  4. Siding installation under a window can be treated in a similar fashion to finishing at an eave with the exception of the following: the use of a full panel is recommended under and on top of the window. Try not to have lapped panels directly above or below a window.

Important Info...

Be sure to follow and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.

Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes. Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.



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