Are you asking yourself if vinyl siding is for you? Maybe you already have vinyl siding but it is time for an upgrade? Do you find yourself asking whether or not vinyl siding is for you? Would you like to know a few basic facts about vinyl siding? After all, why do so many homes in the United States have vinyl siding? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about vinyl siding.
What is vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding is plastic exterior protective layer for a house, used for decoration and weatherproofing, imitating wood clapboard, and used instead of other materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding. It is an engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.
If I wish to bring life back to my vinyl siding on my home . . . do I need to remove my current siding first?
If you have a home that already has vinyl siding but it is outdated, or in bad repair, you can get new vinyl siding. You may definitely have the new layer installed over the existing siding on your home. Many installer elect to do this as it saves on time and actually provides an extra layer of insulation for your home. In some instances, the existing siding may have gaps or issues of rot beneath the siding, so it might require the existing siding be removed and areas of concern addressed – prior to adding the new vinyl siding.
Does vinyl siding just come in beige or ugly pastel colors?
Historically, the options for vinyl siding were slim to none and consisted of muted and unpleasant pastel hues. Fortunately, today’s vinyl siding can come in any color you desire. In fact, vinyl siding can be made to resemble real wood or clapboard look that many of those who visit your home will ave to touch it literally to find out if it’s real or vinyl!
Will high winds rip off my vinyl siding?
Most siding installation is rated for winds up to 110 mph. If wind does rip it off, note that vinyl siding is much easier to re-install than other types of siding. Reputable installers will honor their work and offer maintenance or guarantees under most circumstances. In the event of an unusual act of God – insurance companies will cover the replacement costs.
What is a “square” of vinyl siding?
A square is 100 square feet of siding (10 feet by 10 feet). Installers will order vinyl siding according to the estimated “square” of your home.
How do I maintain my vinyl siding?
Some soapy water and a garden hose is typically all that is required to clean and maintain your vinyl siding. Pressure water cleaners is not usually recommended as the pressure might be too much. A soft bristled brush and diluted solutions of 30% vinegar and 70% water will work wonders.
How long will the color of my vinyl siding last?
The color in vinyl siding retains itself for quite a long time. Compared to traditional exterior house paint, the color in your vinyl siding will last much, much longer. Yes, the color may fade over time, but if properly cleaned and maintained, it can last for decades.
Is vinyl siding considered tacky?
In recent years, vinyl siding manufacturers have really stepped up to the plate to offer much more than the “plain vanilla” product we have become accustomed to. Even old homes can be sided with vinyl and retain their historic appeal.
What are the benefits of having vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding is the most affordable option around. Vinyl siding installation will usually include a lot of extras such as–gutters, window cap, insulation under the siding, rot repair, etc. At Better Way Home Improvement, we recommend that you put it to the test. Get a quote for having your house professionally painted and then get a quote for a vinyl siding installation. Chances are, the vinyl siding installation quote will prove much more affordable. Give us a call at 508-987-6900 and get any additional questions you may have regarding vinyl siding answered.
Vinyl really has stepped its game up over recent years. Its energy efficiency and styles to choose from really separate it from the rest. Plus, it’s easily the lowest maintenance material to choose from.