Siding Saver Mounting Brackets
An Innovative Solution for Mounting Heavy Load
Items to House Clapboard Siding without Damaging the Siding
By Mark J. Donovan
Mounting a new light fixture or other
item onto a clapboard or vinyl sided home can be problematic due to the fact
that the house siding is not a flat surface. In the case of a light fixture you
can use a specially moulded light weight house siding mounting bracket that sits
over the clapboard. You can find these types of house siding mounting brackets
at most home improvement centers.
However for heavier or larger items, such as dish antenna mounts, water hose
reels, and hanging plant hooks, these standard moulded house siding mounting
brackets are either too small or not sturdy enough.
these types of items you have little choice but to cut a hole in the house
siding to mount a flat mounting block. Cutting a hole into siding is not easy to
do and doing so frequently leads to water and insect infiltration problems.
A similar situation exists when building a deck. Building a deck onto an
existing home typically requires a swath of siding to be removed to attach the
ledger board to the side of the home. This swath is normally the width of the
ledger board, which could be a 2x10, that runs the length of the deck along the
side of the home. Unfortunately, creating this opening in the siding frequently
leads to water problems down the road. Rain water dripping onto the deck
frequently finds its way behind the back of the ledger board where it ends up
rotting the house sheathing and sill. Flashing can prevent this, but not always.
There is, however, an innovative
solution today that addresses these heavy load house siding mounting
applications. There is a family of Siding Saver mounting brackets available that
are constructed out of a steel strength Makrolon Polymer, the same stuff that
riot shields and safety equipment are made out of. See
Siding Saver to learn
The Siding Saver mounting brackets are specially moulded to slip over the width
of 1 or 2 vinyl, aluminum or wood siding clapboards to create a flat mounting
surface. As a result, the house siding does not need to be cut, thus protecting
the home from potential water and insect damage, and saving time in the fixture
or ledger board installation.
Siding Saver mounting brackets are
Ultra Violet (UV) resistant and come in a variety of styles and sizes to fit
most clapboard siding applications. And because of their steel strength they are
perfect for heavy load applications such as deck ledger boards.
Photos Courtesy of Siding Saver
In terms of colors, Siding Saver mounting brackets are available only in
“Clear”. However they can be painted using a Krylon Fusion paint.
So if you have plans for installing a large heavy load item onto the side of
your home, take a look at Siding Saver mounting brackets. You’ll save time
mounting the fixture and more importantly protect your home from the risks of
water and insect infiltration.
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