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For the Love of Vinyl - Everything You Need To Know

For the Love of Vinyl - Everything You Need To Know

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When it comes to home maintenance, quick and easy is the name of the game.

After all, you don’t want to spend your time on honey-do projects every weekend. The quicker you can get things done, the easier it is to move on to the things you really enjoy.

Which is why many people turn to vinyl siding for their homes. Imagine never having to pick up a paintbrush again. You simply select the color vinyl you want, have the material installed, rarely have to think about it again, knowing it will look good and last for years to com.

Let’s start with some important facts.

  • Vinyl siding materials can withstand winds up to 110 mph. Many wind tests show they can go beyond that.
  • Vinyl siding resists weathering that comes with heat, cold, and moisture.
  • Vinyl siding materials come with some of the best warranties in the industry. Variform siding, for example, provides a guarantee against defects, and they will repair, refinish, or replace the siding for as long as you own your home. If you sell your home, the warranty is transferable to the new owners for fifty years from the date of original installation.
  • Vinyl siding is easy to maintain. There is never any risk of rotting, splitting, or insect damage. It never needs repainting, caulking, or repointing. It stays in great shape with just periodic cleaning with mild soap and water from a garden hose.

Yes, it’s durable, reliable, and a great way to provide energy efficiency to your home. Why wouldn’t you look at vinyl siding for your home?

A Little History

Vinyl is a relatively new material used in home applications. Before vinyl entered the scene, wooden clapboards were used as both decoration and insulation when building a home. And while wooden boards became more sophisticated over time, they could never escape the constant need for maintenance, particularly repainting and recaulking.

Vinyl siding material made its first appearance in the 1950s. Since vinyl is a resin, manufacturers could incorporate color into the material, eliminating the need for paint. One of the modern improvements to vinyl products has been the addition of titanium dioxide, which helps prevent any color fading. This is particularly important for darker colors. Because the material is poured into a mold, it could be made inexpensively and with perfect dimensions, meaning it’s even easier than wood to bring into the building process.

Your Home’s Condition

Obviously, vinyl siding has its advantages. But is it the right choice for you?

For most people, they look for options after they’ve lived in a home for a few years. They realize the paint on their home begins to wear with the elements. Harsh sunshine and freezing temperatures can take its toll on wood, and the first things to go are the paint and the caulking. Which means you’re selecting colors, choosing paint, brushing it on yourself and recaulking frequently. Or you’re hiring a professional to have the process done for you... and then realizing just a short time later the process is going to take place again and again.

The solution to this problem for many lies in selecting a more permanent option. Vinyl siding.

What You Might Not Know

People look at vinyl siding for many of the obvious reasons: from durability and low maintenance care to never needing to pick up a paintbrush again. One factor that many people do not consider is that they are also recyclable if you choose to replace the siding someday.

Insulated vinyl siding also prevents heat loss that can occur between framing materials in exterior walls. This is a phenomenon known as thermal bridging where heat transfer between the two building materials results in an overall reduction in thermal insulation of the building itself. Insulated vinyl siding places a blanket of protection over the framing, which helps reduce the amount of heat loss.

And because vinyl siding can last up to ten times as long as other forms of siding, it makes it the perfect home improvement project you can do at any time, knowing the impact will be immediate.

Deciding and Designing

Because vinyl siding materials come in a variety of styles, designed to match virtually any home decor, the selection process can be fun. With profiles from wide to narrow, shakes to scallops, finishes from finished wood to rough-hewn cedar, and a huge palette of colors ranging from neutrals to mid-range tones, to deep, rich hues, it’s easy to create any style you desire.

To stay current, our most popular vinyl siding company changes trends and color selections frequently to keep up with modern demands. Not only will you find vinyl siding options, but you’ll also find a vast assortment of accessories in matching and coordinating colors. From door mantles to gables to gutters, you’ll find it easy to wrap your home in a custom-designed, virtually maintenance-free, color-matched finish.

Moving Beyond

Some of our customers love their vinyl siding so much they look for ways to move beyond and create more maintenance-free lifestyle changes to their homes. With vinyl, it’s possible.

Love the idea of wood siding no longer having the ability to rot, warp or need painting? The same can hold true when you considering your fence. Wood fences take a lot of punishment from the heat, cold, rain and snow. Snow, ice and water not only impact the wood structure above the ground, but can quickly rot posts underground too. Why not give vinyl fencing a try? Just as popular as vinyl siding, it’s a great way to secure your property in a way that will be maintenance-free for years to come.

While you’re replacing your siding, you might consider upgrading your windows too. Vinyl windows are an excellent way to add style and sophistication to your home while improving energy efficiency along the way.

Head to the top of your home - the roof - and you’ll find vinyl, in certain circumstances, can be a fantastic option for your roofing material, as well. Vinyl roofing materials offer a sustainability not found in other roofs. It’s one of the most durable roofing materials found on the market and can provide both waterproofing and watertight bonds stronger than other materials. It’s sustainable; one that can be recycled at the end of its useful life. And it’s one of the only roofing materials that can be molded to complex roof lines and curvatures, giving your house a sophisticated look.

Is vinyl in your future? Visit our design center today to find out.

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