New Clip Promises Crisp Vinyl Clapboard
At a conference last week, I met Michael Palson, inventor of a new installation bracket for vinyl siding, which he claims will eliminate buckling and popping.
The problem with vinyl siding comes with expansion and contraction. If fastened properly, with nails centered on the nail slots along the top of each siding panel, and those nails driven to within a dime’s thickness of the surface of the nailing flange, then the siding has just enough room to move without becoming wavy, crimped or rumpled. But it’s tough to center every nail, without fail, in the slots along the flange, and tougher yet to drive each one within a whisper of the surface. Hence most vinyl siding jobs, even those done contentiously, have installation flaws that cause the bumpy look. Enter the Glide-Lock Siding Hanger Installation System, Palson’s personal creation, which he guarantees will eliminate warping and buckling of vinyl siding.
The ASTM certified clip snaps into the top course of your siding, right behind the nailing flange, and holds it tight without a nail through the siding itself. The clip connects to the wall with a a 2.5-inch exterior screw (or Tapcon if you’re siding over masonry), and allows the siding panel to move freely, “as if a train on a track,” explains Palson. The clip also holds the siding away from the substrate 3/8-inch, creating a defacto rain screen without having to use furring strips. In areas where drainage plains are a must, such a humid Huston, and cold Canadian climates, the Glide-Lock may provide significant cost savings over furring strips. Although Palson claims his system will shave about 30-seconds per square foot of installation time. That’s about 90 minutes on a 20 square job. And Palson promises, you’ll never have to be ashamed to look lengthwise at your vinyl siding again.
The the Glide-Lock Siding Hanger Installation System promisses to eliminate warping and buckling of vinyl siding. The siding slides on the moutning bracket rail, rather than get hung up on an overtightend nail.
On masonry, the Glide-Lock clip installs with Tapcon screws, eliminating the need for furring strips
Michael Paulson, inventor and CEO of Glide-Lock Mfg. Inc., in Madison, South Dakota.