How To Cut Vinyl Siding – 3 Methods
In case you are going to do your own vinyl siding, you should know how to cut it to make sure you have various pieces that fit perfectly where you intend to attach them.
Cutting vinyl siding is not a challenging task at all. There are several tools you can use to cut vinyl siding. Depending on how you want to cut vinyl siding into that you will make use of different tools. If you want to make long straight cut on a piece of vinyl siding, it is best to use a utility knife. On the other hand, for straight vertical cuts of shorter length, you should use a pair of tin snips. And for cutting short, vertical cuts, go for a circular saw.
If you don’t know how to cut vinyl siding using the tools which I have just mentioned above, take a look at the article below for how to do so.
Here are the tools that you need for cutting vinyl siding:
- Strips of vinyl siding
- Cutting tools – including utility knife, circular saw or a pair of tin snips
- A pencil
- A measuring tape
*** Before you start cutting the vinyl siding, make sure you put on safety goggles. Prepare a clean and stale working station. It is best to find a table which is long and stable enough for cutting the strip vinyl. Check for any potential danger or hazard around your working place before you start with the project.
How To Cut Vinyl Siding With A Utility Knife
A utility knife is the best tool you can use if you want to cut a long horizontal cut throughout a strip of vinyl siding. The method which we are going to use to cut vinyl siding is the score and snap method. This is the easiest and quickest method you can follow to cut various strips of vinyl siding for different projects.
Follow these steps on how to cut vinyl siding with a utility knife:
Step 1: First, lay a strip of vinyl siding onto a flat and clean working table. With a pencil, straightedge and measuring tape, you need to draw a straight horizontal line at which you want to cut the strip of vinyl siding into.
Step 2: Next, we are going to score the strip of vinyl siding. Use the straightedge as the guide and place it along the draw line that you want to cut the vinyl siding into
Step 3: If the piece of the vinyl siding is thick, guide the blade of the utility knife along the straightedge. We are going to score on the siding instead of cutting so that you don’t have to apply much pressure here. Use one hand to hold one side of the vinyl siding to stay secured and firmly. The other hand would hold the utility knife for scoring.
In case the piece of vinyl siding is thin; you should use the back of the blade to score on it to prevent it from breaking in the middle of the process. You can score for several times.
Step 4: Place the straightedge aside. Then grip along two long side of the strip of the vinyl siding and bend these sides toward another. The strip of vinyl siding is not cut into 2 pieces.
- If the first time you bend the strip, it doesn’t snap. Try to bend to the other sides and keep changing side until the scored line become weaker and finally snap.
- When you measure and mark where the cutting lines are, mark them at the underside of the strip of vinyl siding so that these marks won’t show when you install them.
How To Cut Vinyl Siding With A Pair Of Tin Snips
A pair of tin snips is suitable for cutting straight vertical cuts. And since is smaller and more compact in comparison with a circular saw it is the better choice for small jobs of dealing with smaller cuts.
Make sure you choose a pair of tin snips with yellow handles as it can help to cut vinyl siding using straight lines. There are several kinds of tin snips that you can find on the market which help you cut curves as well. While most of the vinyl siding tasks deal with cutting straight lines, you can consider having a pair of red and green snips to have you cut curves. Red snips will help you to cut curves going to the left side. On the other hand, green snips will help you to cut curves going to the right side.
Follow these steps on how to cut vinyl siding with a pair of tin snips
Step 1: First, lay a strip of vinyl siding onto a flat and clean working table. With a pencil, straightedge and measuring tape, you need to draw a straight vertical line at which you want to cut the strip of vinyl siding into.
Step 2: Hold one size of the strip of the vinyl siding with one hand. The other hand would know the pair of the tin snips.
Step 3: Use the pair of tin snips and start cutting it like when you use a pair of scissors.
Step 4: Close the tin snips until it gets to its 2/3 way. Then open the snips and cut through the way the pair of tin snips is supposed to cut at the first try.
Step 5: Keep on cutting until you can cut through the piece of vinyl siding entirely.
- Instead of using a carpenter’s square to help you cut straighter line, you can guide the side of the strip of the vinyl siding along the edge of your working table.
- For clean cuts on the strip of the vinyl siding, while cutting, you shouldn’t close the tin snips entirely. The point of the tip snips’ blade will lead to ugly marks on the surface of the strip of the vinyl siding. Just close the snip when it reaches 2/3 of its way.
How To Cut Vinyl Siding With A Circular Saw
This tool is for cutting a strip of vinyl siding into smaller pieces with vertical short cuts.
Not all kinds of circular saws can be used to cut vinyl siding. You should choose the specific blade for the job. Go for one with fine small teeth of the same size. You can also choose any type of blade which is made for cutting plywood.
Follow these steps on how to cut vinyl siding with a circular saw:
Step 1: First, lay a strip of vinyl siding onto a flat and clean working table. With a pencil and measuring tape, mark where you want to cut. Draw a straight vertical line on it.
Step 2: Place that strip of vinyl siding so that the piece and the line you want to cut are slightly off the table.
Step 3: Hold the part of the vinyl siding which is still lying on the table firmly with one hand. The other hand holds the circular saw and moves the blade toward the draw line. Go for a steady pace until these pieces are cut through.
Step 4: Repeat all of these steps above until all of the strips are cut.
• You can try putting the blade in backward for a smoother result.
• For cutting straighter lines, put a carpenter’s square under the vinyl siding and use it as a guide. It would help the side of the vinyl siding form a 90 angle with the edge of the working table.
Here are 3 most common methods that you can use to cut a strip of vinyl siding. First you need to think about how you want to cut vinyl siding in order to choose the most suitable tool. After knowing which tool to use and the steps of cutting vinyl siding using this tool, everything else is relatively easy. While it looks easy to cut vinyl siding, make sure that you always wear a pair of safety goggles and follow proper practices to ensure your safety during the project.
I hope with all of the guides above, you would be able to do the fun and interesting task in a short amount of time, encountering no difficulty at all.