Prodigy Installation Instructions - Gentek Building Products

Prodigy Installation Instructions - Gentek Building Products

To help channel water when installing 2 piece J-channel around doors and windows, follow these steps: 1. Measure width and height of window or door. 2...

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To help channel water when installing 2 piece J-channel around doors and windows, follow these steps: 1. Measure width and height of window or door. 2. At sill – cut J-starter piece 1/8" longer (on each side) than width of sill. (Fig. 14)

Prodigy Installation Instructions

3. Cut inside leg (closest to window) 1/8" at each end of sill. Nail receiver at sill in place – center nails every 8"-10". (Fig. 15) 4. At jambs – cut J-starter – to height plus 1/2". At inside leg (closest to window) – cut back 3/8" (on the inside leg) – at bottom of jamb – cut back 1/8" (on inside leg) at top of jamb. (Fig. 16) 5. Nail vertical receiver piece in place. Place the first nail in the uppermost point of the top nailing slot. Finish by working top down, centering nails ever 8-10". (Fig. 17)

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Prodigy is a unique, stack lock laminated siding system. The 1 1/2" thickness provides superior performance and durability and an industry-best R-value for lasting homeowner satisfaction.

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As with any new product, there will be a learning curve during your first installation. Once you master a short list of differentiating installation steps, you’ll find the Prodigy family of products

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6. Header: cut J-starter at header – width of window/ door plus 3/4" – cut back inside leg (closest to window/door) 3/8" on each end. (Fig. 17)


1. Planning a Prodigy Installation.

Cuts allow inside legs (closest to window) to be of equal lengths to same overall measurement of the window or door. With outside leg as per mentioned above.


Installation of J-Face: 6. For maximum visual appeal, use miter cuts at joints Cut all pieces to proper length – leaving allowance for width of outer J (2.5") - as per instructions on page 24 of the How-to-Guide. Tabs are not required with outer J. (Fig. 18)

Prepare siding material estimates just as you do for a typical vinyl siding installation. Six Prodigy panels will cover 100 sq feet.

mirrors the installation of standard vinyl siding, in many other ways. For complete instructions on vinyl siding installation, please refer to Alside’s comprehensive installation guide: How to Install Vinyl Siding and Soffit. (To get a copy, go to your local Alside Supply, Independent Distributor or call 1.800.922.6009.) The following instructions and illustrations supplement that guide.

1 1/2" J-channel. Receives Prodigy siding along windows, doors or any other stop/opening.

Special EasyStart® Starter Strip. Specially designed for use with insulated siding.

Accessories. We strongly recommend that you install Prodigy insulated siding using Alside's WidePocket accessories: • Fig. 18 4" Traditional OCP

• 3 Pc Beaded Corner Post

7" Lineal


©2006 Alside. Alside and Prodigy are registered trademarks of AMI. EasyStart is a registered trademark of Progressive Foam Technologies. 75-2614-01 6/06


2-piece J-channel

4" Traditional Outside Corner Post. For use at outside corners. Classic 'batten' style corner. 3 Piece Beaded Corner Post. Use the 3" Beaded Corner Starter with two 7" Lineals to create an outside corner post. 7" Lineal. Use with either the 3" Beaded Corner Post starter to create an outside corner post or use as a horizontal band board or garage door surround. Note: The 7" Lineals may also be used as a window surround on large window configurations. 2-piece J-channel. Ideal for use at windows, doors, head-of-wall, inside corner (may be placed back-to-back to form ICP).

Fasteners. Nails, screws or staples need to be long enough to penetrate solid underlayment. Minimum 3/4".

Recommended Tools: Long Blade Box Cutters – cut insulation inside panels, lineals Malco Prodigy Zip Tool – unlock/lock panels in the middle of a wall Handheld Reciprocating Saw – precise cuts in middle of the wall – around outlets or other receptacles Battery Powered Circular Saw – helpful on long gable cuts and second story cuts. Standard Siding Installation Tools

Cutting Tip Cutting saw guides on cutting table need to be “shimmed” to accept Prodigy (1.5" thick at tallest point).

2. Storage and Handling Prodigy Siding at a Job Site.

2-Piece J-channel used as an Inside Corner Post.

Tight area tips:

1. Flash corner. (Fig. 1)

Store Prodigy siding as you would any other vinyl siding (see page 13 of “How To” Guide) with this one additional caution: Handle open cartons with care so you don’t damage insulation.

1. Leave trim pieces loose as you build the courses and secure trim as each course is complete.

2. Run siding into flashing. (Fig. 2) 3. Install J-channel receiver on next wall (back side against panels installed on previous wall). (Fig. 3)

3. Basic Installation Considerations.

4. Install siding into receiver. (Fig. 4)

Stack Lock.

5. Snap on outside J-channel cover to 1 1/2" depth (first click). (Fig. 5)

Prodigy insulated siding features a patent-pending, stacklock design. The bottom lock of the top panel locks into the top lock of the lower panel. Prodigy siding locks by applying hand pressure to the top panel until an audible “click” is made. You will not need excess force. Striking top panel into lock with a hammer or other type of tool is not recommend and could damage the product.

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Important Make certain that no debris falls in the top or bottom lock of either panel. Fig. 3

2. Prodigy can be slid in from the top of a tight area the same way all other vinyl siding is installed.

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Installing partial panels under eaves:

1 1/2" J-channel. Receives Prodigy siding along windows, doors or any other stop/opening. (Fig. 6)

1. Nail J-channel receiver. (Fig. 9)


Special EasyStart Starter Strip. Fasten every 8"-10". Leave 1/4" gap at all stops and openings. Important: Only use this specially designed starter strip with Prodigy siding. Standard vinyl siding starter will not work with Prodigy siding.

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2. Rip cut siding panel leaving 1/2" clearance at top of panel (ensure nail slots are below J-channel receiver nail flange). (Fig. 10)

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WidePocket Accessories.

To avoid building out of accessories, we recommend you use Alside’s WidePocket Prodigy Accessories.

Standard Accessories. Prodigy insulated siding is manufactured with a 3/4" butt therefore, we recommend you install Prodigy using the WidePocket accessories. However, if you choose to use standard 3/4" pocket accessories, follow the instructions below.

Installation of standard accessories requires the installer to build out the standard 3/4" pocket accessory (3" OCP, 3/4" J-channel, ICP, etc.) to the same plane as the Prodigy panel with foam (1 1/2"). Cut insulation back and create factory notch allowing panel to insert into the receiving channel of accessory (temp above 40˚F – subtract 1/4" from end of panel to be inserted into accessory / temp below 40˚F – subtract 3/8"). Fasten all accessories every 8"-12".

Tip Standard 3/4" pocket mounts need to be furred out to same plane as Prodigy siding.


4" Traditional Outside Corner Post. Install as you would any other OCP, leaving 1/4" of space between the top of the post and the eave or soffit. Position fastener at top of uppermost slot on both sides of the post, leaving a 1/32" gap between fastener and nail flange of post. Place other fasteners in the center of the slots at 8"-12" intervals. 7" Lineal. Use with the 3" Beaded Corner Post starter to create an outside corner post, horizontal band board or garage door surround. Note: The 7" Lineals may also be used as a window surround on large window configurations. 7" Lineal

3" Beaded Corner Post Starter. Use with two 7" lineals to create an outside corner post.

2-Piece J-channel. The two-piece J-channel consists of two parts: starter and a face. During installation you nail the starter in place. Do not snap the face into the starter, until all siding is installed. With the starter open, it’s easier to make accurate measurements as you work. To properly seam the J-channel face, notch 1 1/4" off snap and u-shape leg and overlap 1".

5. Installing Prodigy Siding.

Measuring Tip for Doors and Windows.

Installing Prodigy insulated siding is as easy as installing any other vinyl siding. There are a few techniques to learn, but they are simple and you’ll master them in no time. In fact, first time installers say by the first wall, they're completely comfortable with the installation procedures.

The patent-pending stack-lock design requires different measurements for rip cutting a panel than traditional vinyl siding.

Section 3 of our “How To” guide covers the entire sequence of tasks required to prep walls and to install accessories and siding. Most will apply to the installation of Prodigy. Here are the small differences you need to take into account:

Doors and Windows.

Overlapping Panels: The foam is recessed approximately 3/4" on both ends of the Prodigy panel. The correct method to overlap two Prodigy panels is to slip the vinyl edge of the first panel between the insulation and vinyl on the adjoining panel. Then slide the panels together until foam-tofoam contact is achieved resulting in a 1 1/2" overlap. (Fig. 7)

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4. Snap J-channel cover to flush with siding (first or second 'click'). (Fig. 12)

4. Installing Accessories. Important

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3. Create nail slot a minimum of every 16" with nail hole punch tool and fasten into wall. (Fig.11)

When measuring under windows and last course areas remember to add 3/4" for the depth of the downward lock. (Fig. 13) Fig. 13

Ensure windows are blocked or positioned so Prodigy accessories have a solid surface to mate against. It is important for your customers to understand that windows and doors may appear slightly recessed upon completion of the Prodigy installation, providing a look similar to most brick homes.


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Flash around all openings. Do not use accessories as flashing; they are designed to receive siding only.

Always center nail and do not fasten the panel too tightly to the wall. Fasten panel no less than 16" on center. (Fig. 8) Fig. 8