FAQs About Siding
1) How does vinyl siding compare with other siding materials?
- In a way, it’s almost no contest. When compared to wood, brick, stone, stucco, and metal sidings on the basis of initial cost, maintenance costs, appearance, durability and value, vinyl siding is clearly superior.
- We offer a broad range of vinyl siding products, so you can choose one that’s easily affordable. Whichever you choose, you can expect the highest quality and lasting beauty. Vinyl siding never needs painting or staining. It doesn’t chip, peel, dent or rot, so you can forget costly repairs. Just rinse occasionally with a garden hose.
- Because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost. It is manufactured with your choice of smooth or grained surfaces; rich, low-gloss colors; and a variety of classic siding profiles.
2) Is there a difference in vinyl siding product?
- Today, vinyl siding is manufactured by coextrusion. Two layers of PVC are laid down in a continuous extrusion process; the top layer is weatherable capstock, which includes titanium dioxide, which is a pigment and provides resistance to breakdown from UV light. The lower layer, known as substrate, is typically about 15% ground limestone (which is largely calcium carbonate).
- Vinyl siding can be observed in a wide range of product quality realized in a substantial differences in thickness and durability. . Today, the thinnest vinyl siding commonly used is of .40 mils, and is known as “builder’s grade”. Thicker vinyl products, usually realized in higher cost, are more rigid which can add to the aesthetic appeal and look of the installed, inherently flexible product and also add to durability and life expectancy. Thicker grades of vinyl siding also have much more resistance to the most common complaint about vinyl siding – it’s tendency to crack in very cold weather when it is struck or bumped by a hard object.
- Chemical formulas can also vary by manufacturer which can impact life expectancy. As a rough general rule, the higher the grade (and price) of the siding, the more resistant it is to fading .
3) Are there any other materials that are better than vinyl siding?
- Not when it comes to siding. Vinyl siding’s outstanding features and benefits have made it the most popular siding material in America today. And because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost . It’s the material of choice on new luxury homes…and the first choice for remodeling projects large and small.
- Leading manufacturers offer a broad range of vinyl siding products, so you can choose one that’s easily affordable.
- And vinyl siding offers flexible design options that make it ideal for contemporary homes…and for stately century-old Victorians. You can choose from smooth or grained surfaces; rich, low-gloss colors; and a wide variety of classic siding profiles – plus low-maintenance trim products and accessory options that add to both the beauty and value of your home.
- Exceptional beauty. Durability. Economical price. Easy maintenance. Long-term value. If these are your criteria, there’s no better choice than vinyl siding.
4) How does the cost of vinyl siding compare to the added resale value it provides?
- In terms of adding resale value to your home, vinyl siding is one of the best investments you can make. In its annual survey of project cost versus added value, Remodeling magazine said that “the highest payback comes from projects that give an older home the same features that have become standard in new homes.”
- Exterior improvements such as the installation of vinyl siding also make a home more attractive on the market. According to a real estate agent interviewed by Remodeling, “Things like new siding and new windows will not add dollar for dollar value… (But) they will cause the house to sell quicker for more money.”
- Another point to keep in mind: if, like many homeowners, you add insulation to an older home at the same time you’re having vinyl siding installed, you add even greater value and market appeal to your home.
5) What exterior design options do you have with vinyl siding?
- Vinyl siding is one of the most versatile exterior design products you can work with. We offer many different vinyl siding lines. A broad selection lets you choose among a wide variety of design options, including horizontal and vertical siding; traditional clapboard and authentically detailed “shaped” sidings; wide and narrow panel exposures; smooth, subtle and deep wood grain textures; plus a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary colors.
6) Can vinyl siding be mixed with other kinds of exteriors?
- Sure. Vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be used with just about any exterior building material – brick, cinder block, even natural logs and field stones.
- If you have special installation concerns – such as running vinyl siding along a natural stone chimney, for example – talk to your contractor. He’s probably handled a similar installation in the past.