How to Install Vinyl Lattice Panels

Homeowners and builders install vinyl lattice panels, known as skirting, around the base of a porch or other structure. Vinyl lattice panels provide a finished appearance while hiding joists and posts. They also create a barrier so unwanted animals cannot set up their home in an area. The panels are available in an assortment of colors and styles. Lattice panels come in 4-by-8-foot or 4-by-4-foot sheets and require cutting to fit the opening.

Hide unsightly areas with lattice.

Step 1

Measure the opening you are covering. Transfer the measurements to the lattice panel plus 2 inches around the perimeter. Mark the lattice for cutting. Extend the marks to long straight lines. Use a straightedge when drawing lines to ensure the lines are straight.

Step 2

Set up two sawhorses and lay a sheet of plywood across the sawhorses.

Step 3

Lay the lattice over the plywood. Clamp the lattice to the plywood with "C" clamps.

Step 4

Cut the lattice with a circular saw equipped with a specialized vinyl cutting saw blade. Set the circular saw blade depth at 1/8-inch deeper than the thickness of the vinyl lattice. Follow the drawn guidelines.

Step 5

Measure and cut vinyl trim channels to frame the lattice panel. Make cuts at a 45-degree angle so the channels fit together around the frame like a picture frame.

Step 6

Slide the lattice panels into the trim channel on all four sides of the panel.

Step 7

Place the lattice panel up to the opening. Position it so it lies on the upright post 1 inch from the edge of the post.

Step 8

Place a 2-inch screw up to the top corner of the panel. Sink it through the lattice into the post to secure it in place. Position a screw every 6 inches to 8 inches and sink it in place around the entire lattice panel. Repeat until lattice covers the open structure.