- October 20, 2016
What is Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding was introduced in the 1950’s as a viable alternative to aluminum. In the US, it is the most frequently used option, and consists of two layers. The top layer is capstock, and the bottom is known as substrate. These layers primarily consist of resin, and a polyvinyl chloride. The top layer uses a titanium dioxide to help with the coloring process, and also for protection against UV light damage. The second layer has limestone, which helps decrease cost, and facilitate the manufacturing process. Vinyl siding is available in many colors, and can imitate architecture that was made of other details. There are many attractive colors available, and it can feel just like many different architectural details.
How much maintenance does vinyl siding require?
For the most part, vinyl siding requires little if any maintenance. It does not ever have the need to be painted, and if it is damaged, it can be replaced quite easily. To make sure that you maintain a fresh appearance, you can commit to washing vinyl siding once per year.
Is vinyl siding durable and resistant to weather?
Vinyl siding is manufactured to last a very long time. There are warranties that can range from 20-40 years, depending on the thickness, with many now offering owner-transferable, lifetime warranties. This material is very resistant to heat, cold, and moisture, and in some cases is able to withstand winds that are up to 110 miles per hour.
What is insulated siding?
Insulated siding is basically vinyl siding, with foam insulation that is laminated or permanently attached. Proper installation is on the exterior of the structure, and it is there to help reduce energy loss that occurs during framing, or other building projects.
Does insulated siding contribute to a home’s energy efficiency?
Insulated siding can absolutely be used to make homes much more environmentally friendly. When energy consumption is reduced, this substance is known to drastically reduce air pollution. Some grades are built to last more than 50 years, and this is a help with reducing contributions to landfills, and other waste sites. Some products can also include an organic, non-toxic repellent for termites and other pesky insects. This material is also very breathable, and allows water vapor to escape, providing protection against mold, mildew, and forms of rot.
Is Insulated siding more durable than vinyl?
This material is manufactured to withstand very harsh weather conditions, and is known to not buckle under impact easily in the least. The foam which is laminated on the back of the panels will allow insulated siding to be set within correct symmetry, which can help the panels be extra sturdy around the joints. Much like vinyl siding, insulated siding requires little if any maintenance, and rarely if ever needs to be painted.
What is Fiber Cement siding?
Fiber cement siding is made from cement, wood fiber, and other components including sand. It can be manufactured to have a very realistic appearance such as wood, or different appearance like masonry or stucco. Fiber cement siding most often consists of horizontal boards which overlap, and imitate the feel of traditional wooden siding.
How long does Fiber Cement Siding usually last?
This material is said to be much more durable than wood, but can require some scheduled maintenance. It is very termite resistant, water resistant, and also known for being non-combustible. It can have up to a 50-year warranty, and may need scheduled painting around every 4-5 years.
Why should I reside my home?
New siding will do a great job of rejuvenating a home, and will give it a brand-new look. Your costs will be reduced for upkeep and maintenance drastically, a great feature for homeowners looking to save money. One of the ways it best protects the home is by alleviating the need for repainting every few years, and makes sure you have the desired longevity.
Do I need to replace the moisture barrier?
Replacement of the moisture barrier is usually mandatory. During the tear-off process for your old barrier, you cannot properly place a warranty on your new job without moisture barrier replacement. This additive is critical for a well-done siding job.
What hours will the siding crew work on the project?
Our crews will generally begin at around 7 or 8 in the morning, and work until 5-6 PM, daylight permitting. With your approval, we may be out on Saturdays to complete a job.