The Ultimate Guide to Hanging Items on House Siding
As seasons change, you may find yourself wanting to add seasonal decor to your house. When considering mounting decorations or more functional assets such as lights to your home's exterior, you may be wondering how to hang items on siding. While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is engineered for longer-lasting durability, there are some key tips to keep in mind to protect your home’s exterior when hanging items on engineered wood siding.
Following these steps will help ensure success in your mounting endeavors.
Step 1: Use a Stud Finder
The first and most critical step to hanging things on siding is to check for studs. According to LP Construction Service Associate Isaac Ojeda, "Nailing directly to siding before checking the underlying structure is one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make. Always ensure you are nailing to structural framing and not only to siding."
Step 2: Measure Twice, Nail Once
Once you've found studs or other structurally sound framing to attach your items to, map out where the items will go before drilling or nailing. Marking your siding with chalk is a non-permanent, fool-proof way to reduce mistakes when it comes to hanging your items. “Try not to drill too many holes,” says Ojeda. “Take your time measuring out the locations of holes you want to create and double-check your measurements before nailing or screwing.”
Step 3: Mount Your Items
When you feel confident in the projected placement of your items from both a structural and aesthetic standpoint, drill or nail into your siding. When doing so, be sure to choose the appropriate nail or screw size for the weight of your item. When you decide to remove decorations, screws or nails, make sure to seal and touch up any holes to help prevent moisture intrusion.
Is it okay to drill into siding?
Yes, if there is a stud or frame behind the siding, it is okay to drill into siding.
How much weight can you hang on siding?
The weight primarily depends on the size of the nail or screw you are using to hang your item. Vinyl hooks typically hold only up to 5 pounds. If you're hanging heavier items, opt for metal hooks.
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