Mounting blocks provide a flat surface for installing outdoor light fixtures, electrical boxes, or other mountable units on vinyl siding. They also come in several different styles that provide a neat trim around a vent or hose bib. The steps to learn how to install a vinyl siding mounting block may be done on existing siding or prior to new siding installation.
Tools & Materials
- Mounting block in color that matches siding
- Safety goggles
- Utility knife
- Oscillating tool, optional
- Vinyl siding removal tool
- Power drill with screwdriver bits
- Galvanized screws
- Caulking gun
- Paint, if you can’t match block to siding
How to Install a Vinyl Siding Mounting Block Step by Step
- Turn electricity supply off if you’re working on a block over electrical wires.
- Take the trim ring off of the mounting block and set it aside. You will put it back on later.
- Position the block against the vinyl siding in the desired location.
- Trace around the block (NOT the flange) with a pencil on the siding.
- Cut through the markings with a utility knife or oscillating tool.
- Opening should be 1/8 to 1/4 inch larger than block around all sides. You want a loose fit when completing the steps to learn how to install a vinyl siding mounting block.
- Find the edges of the siding section over the work area.
- With your hand or a siding removal tool, pop the siding section loose. (Siding section will remain nailed in place along its top.)
- Gently lift the loose vinyl siding section and slide the mounting block underneath it.
- Fit the hole that you cut over the block.
- If block is too small or too tight, cut the siding a little more.
- Once the siding fits loosely over the block, check the position of the block with a level.
- Fit a galvanized screw on your power drill’s screwdriver bit.
- Position a screw in the small gap between the block and the siding on one side.
- Drive the screw through the block’s flange into the wall.
- Confirm that the block is still level before driving a screw through the flange on the other side.
- Finish adding screws around all sides of the flange.
- Caulk around gaps in mounting block to waterproof the installation. This is especially important when mounting electrical components.
- Attach the trim ring to cover the seam where the mounting block and vinyl siding meet.
- Pop the loosened siding section back into place along the bottom.
- If you could not find a mounting block that matched your vinyl siding color, take a scrap of siding that you cut away to the paint store.
- Have the paint store mix a matching color.
- Paint the mounting block.
When installing a mounting block before siding installation:
- Put the mounting block into position against the exterior wall sheathing.
- Confirm that the block is level.
- Drive screws around the flange.
- Waterproof the edges of the mounting block with sealant.
- When installing vinyl siding, cut the siding to fit around the block.
- Attach the trim ring.
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