What is vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding it is an engendered product manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.It is one of the most popular choice in North America due to low cost, easy maintenance and versatility. Also, it's available in a number of different profiles and colours such as clapboard, board & batten and shake, and stone veneer.
Most vinyl siding is made to resemble types of siding that originated with wood. The most common is the clapboard or lap siding profile.
Lap style siding is available in single, double and triple "courses". Courses are the rows that represent wood boards in a single piece of vinyl siding.
It's made in variable lengths and heights. Typical lengths are 12 feet long however 16 and 20 foot lengths are an option.
The length of the siding is that it will affect the number of seams that are visible on your house.
Board & Batten
Vertical siding is another option with vinyl. A common variety is the board-and-batten style which uses vertical "boards" accentuated by narrower battens, also oriented vertically.
Board and batten siding creates an exterior look that provides bold vertical shadow lines that dramatically reproduces early North American architectural style, which recently it is a preferable product used in modern designs too.
The look of wood shakes is one more vinyl option with a number of style choices available. Polymer vinyl shakes are moulded from polypropylene resin in a different process than what's used to make clapboard vinyl pieces.
The moulding process used to make the shakes allows the manufacturers to achieve deeper grooves in the material resulting in a more convincing look. As a result vinyl shakes are thicker than standard horizontal vinyl siding.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
Insulated vinyl siding is backed with a layer of insulating foam material. It can be fused to the back of the vinyl or it can come as a separate moulded piece that's installed behind the siding.
The main benefit is that it increases the exterior wall's insulation, making your home a bit more energy efficient and increases the durability and the finish look of siding profiles
Stacked Stone Siding
Made using molds cast from real stone, Foundry vinyl stacked stone siding offers the varied color tones and textured grout lines of hand-selected North Carolina quarried stone. Ceramic microspheres are incorporated into the material to impart a subtle grittiness and give the product a more authentic feel.
It s durable and efficient to install. Plus, moisture-resistant, so it can be applied all the way to ground.
IT has a rich color, thanks to a durable ASA cap that protects against UV rays and the elements. Limited lifetime warranty and provides the highest level of fire resistance and toughness to stand up to any environment.
PROS AND CONS
Advantages of installing Vinyl siding
Low Maintenance Reasonably Good Durability
1. no need to scrape and reapply paint 1. relatively durable product
2. no need to caulk joints. 2. won't rot like wood-based products
3. wash easily with a hose and soap 3. isn't threatened by pests
4. easily repaired. 4. numerous styles/profiles and colour selection
Disadvantages of installing vinyl siding
- Not Indestructible Vinyl siding can crack or brake if it's hit hard.
- Not Fireproof
- No Easy Colour Change Flexibility ( once installed can not repaint)
- Seams More Noticeable Than Other Siding Types
- Readily Expands & Contracts.
- Risk Of Fading
What To Look For
- Product Thickness
- Deeper Lap Profiles
- Certified Siding/Installers
- Foam Backing
- Wind Speed Rating
- Longer panels.
- Lower range of moderate, economical compare to other choices ( brick, stone, stucco or metals, wood and cement siding)