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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

  1. Must be installed a minimum of 1 to 2-inches away from decks, walkways, steps, and roof surfaces.

• Keep a 1/4-inch clearance above flashing over window, and do not caulk the gap.

  1. Drive nails snug to surface of siding, preferably with a pneumatic nailer. If nail is over-driven (countersunk), fill nail hole and add a second nail next to it. If nail is under-driven, finish with smooth-faced hammer. Also, nails should be driven perpendicular to the surface of the siding.

  2. Siding can be blind-nailed (nail heads hidden under lap of adjacent plank of siding) or surface-nailed, but not both.

  3. Use the proper size nails: 6d or siding nails.

   Any improper installation voids the warranty. If the siding is installed with insufficient clearances, that can sometimes be repaired; but poor attachment requires replacement--because the material will not survive removal intact.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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