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Old 01-30-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
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Is it okay to side your home during these freezing winter days?

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Is it okay to side your home during these freezing winter days?
what kind of siding?

it's possible but would be a pain in the butt. most materials would be more brittle than usual easier to crack or split than usual, especially when nailing. I'm pretty rough sometimes.

many different tools don't like the cold either (including people), but it's not a real reason to stop from using them, just gotta keep it in mind. guns take different lube, might have to warm stuff up before using it, etc.


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Cindy--I deleted your duplicate post---

There are several siding specialists on the site---be patient,and do let us know what kind of siding.
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I've been in the new construction business since 1985 and cold weather never stopped the show from going on.

When I started, it was mostly wood siding going up, but several years later, vinyl really took off.

Vinyl is very prone to thermal expansion/contraction and must be installed with that in mind. As long as proper installation guidelines are followed, there are no issues associated with cold weather installation that I'm aware of.
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I agree with loneframer on this
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loneframer is one of those tools that likes the cold
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while it can and is done all through the year,i'm of the opinion if its vinyl or aluminum or any siding that is thermally expansive you will get better results if these products are installed in the middle of your yearly temperature swings

most distortion [ripples,oil canning]usually comes from expansion not contraction with these products

if your temps range from 0-100 i believe your better off installing in the 50s

this is in an ideal world not the real one
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while it can and is done all through the year,i'm of the opinion if its vinyl or aluminum or any siding that is thermally expansive you will get better results if these products are installed in the middle of your yearly temperature swings

most distortion [ripples,oil canning]usually comes from expansion not contraction with these products

if your temps range from 0-100 i believe your better off installing in the 50s

this is in an ideal world not the real one
Yeah, I agree with Tom.

I also prefer to work in the 50-60 degree range. However, I need to work more than 6 weeks a year, so I press on anywhere between 10 and 100. Just like you need to dress properly for the weather, you need to take the same care in working with vinyl siding.
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you always agree then always put in a ''however''


...is this some kind of keeping it real lesson??

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you always agree then always put in a ''however''


...is this some kind of keeping it real lesson??
More like keeping it profitable.

Remember my old sig line?

"Go sit in the truck, I'll do it myself."?

I've been DIY for years.
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ah profitability,having a hard time with that with all this snow,im dressed up like i'm doing a moon excursion...one small payday for Tom,one giant leap off the end of the pic...
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...one small payday for Tom,one giant leap off the end of the pic...
for mankind.
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I think I've only done siding in the cold once, and it was because I really needed to wrap up that job to head to the next one.

It was hardie and I remember after the second length broke, I said to myself "scr*w it I'll wait until it warms up." (it doesn't get too cold here often, so that's usually a day or two).

Chances are it was damp before it got cold out so the hardie siding was probably partially frozen.

Every time I think about siding in the cold now, I just think 'nope'


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