Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Using a Heat Demo Box

Posted on within PFT Installation Expert Jared shows our hot box demo tool, and a few tips on how to use it. The hot box dramatically shows energy efficiency versus energy wasting. Inside the hot box is a red heat lamp. The left side has a piece of traditional fiber cement siding. The right side has […]

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Tip of the Week: Measuring Gables

Posted on within PFT Installation Expert Jared shares a quick tip on how to measure gables for a siding job. First, measure the height and width, then multiply by .75. If a gable is hard to reach, measure the height of the current siding profile then multiply by the number of courses on the wall […]

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Tip of the Week: Corner Post Trick

Posted on within PFT Installation Expert Jared shares a quick tip on how to keep your corner post insert in place during installation. First, mark up an inch from the end of the post on both sides. Use a square and draw two straight lines for cutting. Cut up both sides of the post leaving […]

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Tip of the Week: Installing the Middle Panel Last

PFT Installation Expert Jared explains when installing Fullback V with vinyl siding it is easiest to work from the corners toward the middle, installing the middle piece last.

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Tip of the Week: J-Channel Notching Tool

PFT Installation Expert Jared explains how a j-channel notching tool can make your life on the job site a little easier. For a drip edge slide the notching tool into the j-channel and squeeze until you hear the tool click once and release. For a complete notch slide the tool into the j-channel and squeeze […]

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Tip of the Week: Trim a Window with a Foam Shim

When installing Fullback siding insulation with vinyl siding, you have to accommodate for the additional thickness of the foam. If you do not have access to the wider, recommended j-channel, you can use a standard j-channel with a foam shim underneath to accommodate the thickness of the insulation. To install the foam shim, simply nail it up […]

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Tip of the Week: What Fastener Length Do You Need?

A common question we receive is “How long of a fastener do I need when installing insulated vinyl siding?”. The vinyl siding institute recommends that your fastener penetrates into a nailable service, such as wood sheathing or a stud, at least 1-1/4″. With hollow vinyl siding, a 1-1/2″ nail can be used. With insulated siding, you […]

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Tip of the Week: Selecting a Fastener When Installing Vinyl Siding

PFT installation expert Jared explains what type of fastener to use on you siding and insulation job. For sheathing and fanfold products, use a button cap nail to tack it to the wall prior to your siding installation. When installing vinyl siding, use a galvanized nail, stainless steel nail, or aluminum nail; something that won’t […]

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Tip of the Week: Using a Bat Display

This Tip of the Week is a little different than our usual installation tip. This week we will show you the bat display, and how it can be used to show a key feature of insulated vinyl siding. The bat display is a great demo to use in a showroom or at a home show, because […]

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Tip of the Week: Can you Mix Insulation Types on a Job?

PFT installation expert Jared answers the question about whether traditional EPS insulation can be mixed with premium Neopor insulation on a siding job. Traditional EPS insulation and premium Neopor insulation can be mixed on a job, however there are a few important things to keep in mind. Thickness Make sure the panels you are using […]

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