Vinyl and Aluminum Siding
Tips for fastening to these surfaces
You Don't Want Velcro® Tape Attachment For Sides
By now you've heard us talk about nailing, screwing and staple gunning, something you would never do on vinyl or aluminum siding. You really don't want to use Velcro® tape for the side attachment to Aluminum or Vinyl siding since it looks junky having Velcro® running down the side of your house.
New adhesive-backed snaps (best option)
These are truly remarkable if done correctly. If you peel and stick and try to pull them off the adhesive will fail immediately. But if you peel & stick and DON'T touch them for 3hrs, the adhesive will have time to cure and will hold VERY well. These adhesive snaps will stick to particularly well to vinyl & metal, as well as brick and concrete. They will NOT stick to stucco, hardiplank, or sandstone (dusty masonry).
Tracking can only be mounted with wood screws which gives you two options. You can either locate a wood stud beneath the vinyl or aluminum, or you can mount a 1" x 2" wood strip to your ceiling surface and then screw the track into the wood strip. In rare cases some have used Velcro® to mount the track (or VHB two sided tape), but it only minimizes the number of screws. Velcro® is a very good hold in the middle but you will still need screws at the ends of your track segments and any where else you are able to place.
A Little Trick For Using Velcro® Tape
Imagine trying to remove Velcro® tape from a surface. You wouldn't pull from the middle where it is strongest. Instead, you would begin pulling it off from one end. Keep this in mind when you DON'T want it to pull away. If your adhesive tape is a few inches longer than necessary, it is less likely to peel away when there is stress on the hook and loop connection because you wouldn't be pulling away from the weak end. In addition, cutting the ends of the tape in an oval makes it less likely to "dog ear" and pull away. It's the reason band-aids are shaped with oval ends ovals.
An Example of a Vinyl Application
You will see how create your own planning diagram in STEP 7, but here's a preview. We ALWAYS take the perspective that you are on your porch looking out so we can agree on RIGHT vs LEFT. The diagram is rotated 180° relative to the photos. We start with a helicopter (plan) view and then create a time line of panel shapes starting LEFT to RIGHT, making our necessary width adjustments for protective overlap and a relaxed fit. Panel 2 requires a notch. For non-rectangular panels, enter order heights as "irregular" and then describe the "irregularity" in the Comments box at checkout. Often vinyl ceilings are too soft to mount track. Normally the edges have structural wood beneath the vinyl that will hold a track mounting screw. The long run along the left does not have a continuous path to mount track since columns block the tracking path beneath header beam. Side mount a 1" x 1" wood strip such that the BOTTOM of the wood strip is flush with the BOTOM of the header beam. Now under-mount the track to the wood strip. He has a door opening for his stairs and a door opening on the far side where he has access to an open deck. Click on the images to enlarge the photos and read the captions below that describe the issues and how they were handled.