If you’re one of the millions of homeowners nationwide with vinyl siding, chances are you value materials and products that are long-lasting, low-maintenance and beautiful. As such, desired tips for increasing curb appeal should be affordable, durable and doable from a DIY perspective. The perfect project? Hanging window planters!
With the help of this how-to guide, installing a window box on vinyl siding is made easy. Here at Hooks And Lattice, our mission is to improve curb appeal for every abode, from ranch homes to colonials. And being that vinyl is the #1 siding used in the United States, many a homeowner will find this tutorial useful learning how to hang window boxes on vinyl siding.
When deciding how to hang a window box planter, there are essentially two options to choose from:
Option #1: Direct Mount with Bolts
Option #2: Mounting Hooks For Vinyl
Deciding between the two is really a matter of preference. There’s no single best way to hang window boxes on vinyl siding, although we recommend a direct mount installation. Read on to see why.
Installing Window Boxes Directly to Vinyl Siding
- Simple and stable for a lasting mount
- Lower risk of coming unattached compared w/ vinyl hooks
- Greater weight bearing capabilities
- Mounts flush to siding for a polished look
- Correctly sized window box
- Mounting bolts
- Stud finder
- Pencil or marker
How To Install:
- Get the appropriate hardware. Depending on the size and weight of your window box, we recommend these 1/4″ diameter bolts or 3/8″ diameter bolts.
- Find the wooden studs beneath vinyl siding. You will be drilling straight through in order to anchor mounting bolts right into studs.
- Measure your garden container to determine the distance between mounting brackets or holes in the frame. You will align this with your stud spacing.
- Use window box measurements to identify mounting position. Then mark your spots on the vinyl clearly to guide drilling.
- Drill starter holes into siding. Just enough to give the bolt an opening that will help to guide it through.
- Thread your first bolt through a pre-drilled mounting hole on the window box. Depending on their position, either begin with one side or, if there’s a center bracket or mounting tab, begin here.
- Attach your container to siding. Depending on how comfortable you are holding up the weight of your window box, this part can be a one or two-person job. While supporting the full weight of the planter, drill in your first threaded bolt all the way through to wood siding, just shy of tightening all the way.
- Finally, add remaining bolts and repeat the step above. Once the last is in and you’ve checked to make sure the display is straight, tighten bolts the rest of the way to secure the mount.
Now you’re ready to try out all of your favorite container garden arrangements for spring, summer, fall and winter. For homes in colder climates, be sure to choose a weather resistant flower planter or choose window boxes with removable liners that are easy to winterize and store.