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How to Vent a Range Hood Through Vinyl Siding (With Video)

Are you installing a vent hood through vinyl? Learn how to vent through vinyl siding. Following these steps to cut the vinyl siding of our home.

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If you have a home with vinyl siding you’re interested in purchasing and are insured, you might wonder how to install a Ranger through vinyl siding. But can this even be done?

This post will cover range hood installation, vinyl siding, and how to safely and effectively vent a range hood through vinyl siding.

Image of a home in the distance with vinyl siding walls. Source: pexels, pixabay
Image of a home in the distance with vinyl siding walls. Source: Pexels, Pixabay

There are several methods for venting a range hood via vinyl siding. The most popular method involves installing a damper, a moveable shield that covers the range hood’s opening. When the damper is open, the fumes from the range hood might escape to the floor or the air.

What is vinyl siding?

One of the most manufactured materials is vinyl siding. With the use of plasticizers, the material may be both hard and flexible. It’s a durable, low-upkeep siding solution for home outer walls.

Products made from vinyl siding may be recycled indefinitely, making them a very eco-friendly choice. Siding made from high-quality PVC doesn’t only look great but also helps you save money on your utility bills since it never peels, rots or flakes.

How do you vent a range hood through vinyl siding?

There are various ways to vent a range hood via vinyl siding. The most common option is to install a damper, which is a sliding shield that covers the range hood opening. When the damper is open, fumes from the range hood may leak onto the floor or air.

Is vinyl siding easy to cut through?

Vinyl siding may be cut using a variety of instruments, including a utility knife, tin snips, or a circular saw. Just make sure you have the right protective gear, as listed below.

Image of vinyl siding on the exterior wall of a home. Source: jon moore, unsplash
Image of vinyl siding on the exterior wall of a home. Source: jon moore, unsplash

Drilling a hole through your vinyl siding is easy. All you need is a few tools and some elbow grease. Here’s how to do it.

Total Time: 15 minutes

  1. Measure

    Take all appropriate vinyl siding measurements to establish where you want to drill. If you want to drill many holes, be sure to do it all at once since pausing between drills may increase the risk of damage.

  2. Mark

    Mark the location(s) where you wish to drill with a marker. Determine the kind of Vinyl Siding into which you are drilling. Push down gently on the siding to see what’s behind it. A masonry bit will be required if there is brick. If there is wood, you must use a wood brick. Using the incorrect brick might result in damage.

  3. Drill

    Once you’ve connected the appropriate drill bit, set it on top of the last mark you created. Turn on the drill while pressing down hard to begin drilling. Continue pressing forcefully until the material is pierced. Don’t go all the way through.

  4. Connect ducting

    Once the drilling is finished, insert the screws and washers into each hole and attach the product to the exterior of your home.

Tools:

  • Marking pen
  • Circular Saw
  • Safety goggles

If you don’t have the appropriate gear to cut vinyl siding to your home, look at some of the products below. They should punch you in the right direction.

Things to consider before working on your duct system

Please think about these suggestions before you begin drilling holes in your house.

1. Factor in the expense of ductwork.

Siding prices aren’t the only thing to consider if you want ducting installed outside your house. A ducting system consists of metal ducts and elbows that bend the ductwork around obstacles.

2. Never combine metals

To avoid complications, you should not combine dissimilar metals like aluminum and steel. These metals respond to heat at varying speeds, which might lead to fractures in the ductwork.

3. Use safety equipment

Wearing thick gloves will protect your fingers from being sliced when working with sheet metal.

How to vent a range hood through vinyl siding

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “DIY Dryer Vent Install” from the Rob Here Trev2323 YouTube Channel.

This video called “DIY Dryer Vent Install” from the Rob Here Trev2323 YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about venting range hoods through vinyl siding.

How can you cut vinyl siding?

When making longitudinal cuts down the length of a board, a utility knife is usually the ideal instrument to use. If you’re simply making a few vertical cuts, tin snips or a hand saw are ideal. You can also use a circular saw.

How can you secure something to the exterior wall of vinyl siding?

To securely attach goods to the outside of a house with vinyl siding, you must drill through the siding and into the studs or stud bays. Drilling into your siding won’t need specialized equipment, but you should still be careful not to harm it.

What is the average cost of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding costs between $4,999 and $16,836 per square foot or $2.50 and $10.75 per square foot. The national average for vinyl siding installation is $9,324.00.

Conclusion

With the above-listed steps, you’ll be able to install a range hood through your vinyl siding. However, if this doesn’t work for you, you are not insured enough, or you don’t want to take any risks, it’s better to get in touch with the authorized person. They can use special tools and give a proper installation of your new range hood.

This article covered vinyl siding, whether it is easy to cut, and provided tips on venting through it. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • One of the most extensively manufactured materials is vinyl siding.
  • Vinyl siding may be cut using a variety of instruments, including a utility knife, tin snips, or a circular saw.
  • Think about these suggestions before you begin drilling holes in your house.
  • Don’t forget to buy a mounting block.
  • Be sure to use a vent through flashing with a flange taped to the sheathing and web in a weather-tight manner.

So, do you vent your range hood through vinyl siding? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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