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What is the best vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is a popular choice on frame homes and brick homes to cover up the wood. With vinyl siding, house exterior, it becomes almost maintenance free, looks good, and can raise the value of a home. When it first hit the market, white was the only choice, but today, vinyl siding colors are as many as there are architectural styles of houses. 

The vinyl siding that was first introduced in the 1960s is done, thank goodness! Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, styles, and thicknesses today.

If vinyl siding is something that you’re considering for your home, or you’re updating the current vinyl siding, the following information will help you choose a quality product. You should take the time to find a proficient contractor to install the product too. 

By doing an internet search of “vinyl siding installers near me” you can find several to interview and get quotes from. Make sure they are proven experienced and qualified to install the product. The following characteristics are important to look for in choosing vinyl siding:

Thickness: Vinyl siding is available in different quality levels, from thinner and cheaper to thicker and more pricey. The midgrade level is the more popular choice, it is durable, looks good, and is affordable.  

Material: Choose a vinyl siding that comes from materials that has been manufactured to be durable, rigid, and strong. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a primary element in vinyl siding. A higher-grade material will have a top layer of acrylic that makes it harder version of vinyl siding. Terms you should know as you shop for vinyl siding: 

  • Regrind: Vinyl siding made from repurposed plastic that been melted. This is the least expensive vinyl siding and the color is only on the front, not made into the material. 
  • PVC Recycled: A higher-grade material that is ground-up and repurposed, creating a purer regrind.
  • Virgin PVC: An original polyvinyl chloride manufactured vinyl siding that is more durable and resilient. This is the most recommended as the minimum quality of material.  
  • Virgin PVC + Additives: This grade of vinyl siding has been developed using proprietary formulas, with each manufacturer having their own recipe. It has an increased performance level with added UV stabilizers, hardeners, etc.  and other chemicals. 
  • Acrylic Capped Vinyl: The newest in vinyl siding products that has acrylic at the center and with a vinyl exterior.

Fading: In the beginning of vinyl siding, it did not hold its color. Today, that fast-fading product is gone with products that are colorfast. Choose a vinyl siding product that has the additive titanium dioxide that will prevent noticeable color changes. 

Profile: A deeper profile of vinyl siding will create more shading, ¾” deep is recommended for an authentic clapboard appearance of natural wood siding and will be more ridged over time. Choices in profiles are: 

  • Beaded
  • Board and Batten
  • Clapboard
  • Dutch Lap/Shiplap

Aesthetic: A deeper wood grain look will come with a higher grade vinyl siding. The color choices are wide, and more accessories are available to give your home a personalized final touch.

Color: Every vinyl siding manufacturer has a color process that is uniquely theirs. The key factor in a good quality of siding is choosing one that is made with the best process by a manufacturer that stands behind the product they sell with a fade-resistant warranty. You want a vinyl siding product that is going to look good for years. Facts to look for: 

  1. Color throughout the panels. 
  2. Titanium dioxide must have ingredient. 
  3. High-quality pigments.

Warranty: The cheaper the price, the lower the quality and the lower the warranty level. Choose a vinyl siding with a 25-year guarantee or lifetime warranty that can be transferred if you sell your home.

Does vinyl siding make house warmer?

Efficiency is every homeowner’s priority, keeping utility bills down and helping the environment too. Choose a two layer vinyl siding with titanium dioxide capstock and substrate with limestone. This will provide UV ray protection against fading and the substrate will provide durability and strength.

This two layer vinyl siding will block heat from passing through on both sides, keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Choose a lighter color to deflect the hot summer sun’ and cold wind or the winter. Choose a good insulation product to between the siding and the interior wall and you’re all set for the year. 

Does vinyl siding insulate a house?

Any layer on a house is a layer of insulation, and a vinyl siding with a backing of solid rigid-foam insulation will fill the voids behind the stepped profile, make the siding stiffer and warp-resistant. This layer of insulation will give the house a higher R-value too, making it worthwhile and give you a higher ROI should you decide to sell later. 

Blue siding with white trim

Is thicker vinyl siding worth it?

To distinguish a cheap vinyl siding, check the thickness. A higher-grade material will prevent sagging, be more durable and have a stronger impact. The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) minimum criteria includes the following guidelines:

  • Panels should be no less than 0.040 inches thick. 
  • Soffit panels should be no less than0.05 inches thick, because they are installed horizontally and secured at the edges. The extra thickness prevents the material from sagging.
  • Anti-weathering protection is important so that the UV rays won’t fade the vinyl siding you choose. 

Is pressure washing vinyl siding bad?

Yes, it can be if not done correctly by an experienced contractor.  Pressure washing any soft surface can damage, even destroy the material. While vinyl siding is considered a hard surface, it isn’t brick.  An experienced contractor will use a “soft” power wash and have a guarantee to repair or replace any damaged siding. If you have a wooden frame house or wood trim on a brick home, when it comes to choosing vinyl siding or paint, we recommend a quality vinyl siding. Your days of maintenance will be gone forever, and your home will give you years of enjoyment or a high ROI. Looking to improve your home value? Call Crosby Roofing today at 478-785-2285 for your vinyl siding installation in Macon & Augusta, GA.