About Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is made of out polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC. Vinyl is a relatively new building material. In the late 1950s, it was created to be a substitute for aluminum siding.
In the early days of vinyl siding, it earned a bad reputation. This is because it would crack, fade, and buckle. Since then, the quality of the product and the manufacturing process has greatly improved. In recent years, vinyl has overtaken wood as the most popular siding option.
Vinyl is available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and profiles. The different profiles include horizontal, vertical, dutch-lab, beaded, board-and-batten, shakes, and scallops.
Pros of Vinyl:
- Relatively inexpensive compared to other types of siding. Vinyl will almost always be the least expensive option.
- Although needing power washing occasionally, vinyl is low maintenance.
- Repainting is not necessary. Unlike other types of siding, vinyl does not have stain or paint. During the manufacturing process, the color is baked into the material.
Cons of Vinyl:
- Vinyl is water resistant, not water proof.
- Color may fade in exceptionally sunny climates.
- Mold and grime can build up on the surface. Power washing can usually remove it.
- Panels are typically 12 feet long, so there will be visible seams.
- Extreme weather cane damage the siding.
- The material is not biodegradable. Although it can be recycled.
If you are thinking of replacing your siding, contact us today for a free estimate.
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