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Exterior Siding & Cladding - Vinyl

 

Building industry statistics suggest vinyl is becoming the most popular siding choice.

Vinyl siding is made in individual panels constructed from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to resemble wood. It claims many of the characteristics of aluminium; except it does not dent or rust.

The profile has three distinct sections:

  1. Top Section - a nail hem where the slots are located
  2. Mid section - the face which is the exposed area of the panel visible when installation is complete
  3. Bottom section -, the buttlock, which locks into the previously installed panel.

Most Suited To:

Vinyl is well suited to a wide variety of temperatures and climates.

Cost:

Cost can be misleading; estimated life (25 to 50 years) is shorter than some other choices.

Vinyl Siding Cost Chart.

Benefits:

Relative affordability, little maintenance.

Vinyl is impervious to rain, cold, salt and snow.

Good insulation properties.

Increases resale appeal and value.

Warranty – come with lifetime warranties; check they are transferable if you sell your home.

Considerations:

Color cannot be changed. Vinyl can chip or crack in cold weather. Use a thicker panel (0.044 to 0.046). The deeper profile looks more like real wood siding and a double-hem mounting tends to be more wind-resistant than is a single hem mounting.

Finishing:

Vinly siding is precolored; the color pervading the total thickness of each panel. This means that normal stratches are no problem. If the siding is extensively damaged, individual panels can be replaced quite simply.

Maintenance:

Low maintenance. Does not need painting. Clean regularly with a garden hose. For heavier stains, clean with a soft cloth, or soft bristled toothbrush

Options:

Shapes – planks or panels, colonial clapboard, imitate cedar shakes

Size - Available in wide range of widths and lengths. Average width 6.5 inches to 10 inches.

Colors - rich and low-gloss

Textures - Smooth or grained surfaces

Installation:

Easy installation.

Fixing Accessories - J-Channels and other accessories are used to cover seams, enclose eaves or overhangs, and provide an accent to the siding.

   

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