Siding Resource Guide

Village Permit Application is required for installation of siding and soffit/gutter work.  If the scope of work is only for gutters, a permit is not required.  If a contractor is performing the work, the contractor must have a valid Contractor's Business License.  The current fee is $50.00.  

Inspections Required

  • An Active Inspection is required during the siding installation process to verify that the weather resistant barrier is installed correctly and that the siding is installed per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • A Final Inspection is required upon completion.

Code Requirements

  • A minimum of 1 layer of No. 15 asphalt felt, or other approved weather resistive material shall be applied over sheathing of exterior walls. In the majority of cases, exterior sheathing is no longer recognized as a approved weather resistive barrier.
  •  If a weather resistive barrier is not going to be installed, the installer will need to provide documentation to the city, prior to the product installation, to assure that all code provisions are still being met.
  • The manufacturer's installation instructions shall be followed when installing the product (these specifications shall include the attachment and frequency of fasteners).  Keep these instructions available on-site for the inspector to review.
  • House numbers 6” (inches) in size shall be installed and the color shall contrast the color of the siding.

Basic Installation Rules

Before getting started, it is important to review several rules of thumb for vinyl siding application that is critical for proper vinyl siding installation:

  1. Installed panels must move freely from side to side.
  2. When installing a siding panel, push up from the bottom until the lock is fully engaged with the piece below it.  Without stretching the panel, reach up and fasten it into place.
  3. Fasten nails or other fasteners in the center of the nailing slot.
  4. Do not force the panels up or down when fastening in position.
  5. Do not drive the head of the fastener tightly against the siding nail hem.  Allow 1/32" (about the thickness of a dime) clearance between the fastener head and the siding panel.  Drive fasteners straight and level to prevent distortion and buckling of the panel.
  6. Leave of minimum of 1/4" clearance at all openings and stops to allow for normal expansion and contraction.  When installing in temperatures below 40 degrees fahrenheit, increase minimum clearance to 3/8".
  7. Do not caulk the panels where they meet the receive of inside corners, outside corners, or J-trim.  Do not caulk the overlap joints.
  8. Do not face-nail or staple through siding.  Vinyl siding expands and contracts with outside temperature changes.  Face-nailing can result in ripples in the siding.
  9. In residing, furring or removal of uneven original siding may be necessary.
  10. In new construction, avoid the use of green lumber as the underlayment.  Keep in mind that siding can only be as straight and stable as what lies under it.
  11. The installation of specific products may differ in details from the instruction given here, always follow the manufacturer's instructions, using parts specified by the manufacturer to ensure proper installation.