Home Vinyl Siding
Since vinyl siding is relatively easy to install, it can be installed by do-it-yourselfers. Most people find, however, that it is well worth the money to have a professional do the job. By hiring a professional installer, you have the protection and guarantee against defects, problems and mistakes that you don't get when you do the job yourself. Although the installation process may be fairly straight-forward, it can be time consuming for a homeowner tackling the task on their own, so having a professional crew install the siding is a much quicker process and should only take a few days at most. Since vinyl siding is so reasonably priced, the money saved compared to other siding options can be used to have professionals complete the job quickly and properly.
Choosing an exterior siding option for your home is a big commitment because the option you choose will be a primary element of your home for a long time to come. Before making your choice, below are a few aspects of vinyl siding that may help make your decision easier.
Vinyl Siding Styles
Vinyl siding is available in a wide variety of styles. The siding can look like wood, such as logs, cedar shakes, shingles or clapboard, can resemble brick or stone, can come in a variety of shapes, or in many other styles.
Vinyl siding is available in a vast array of colors. If you cannot find a color that works for your home, there are two options - you can purchase primed, but not finished siding, and paint it yourself or you can provide the manufacturer with a color sample and they can create custom colored siding for your home. Having the manufacturer create the custom color is usually a better choice because it costs less than the cost of primed siding plus paint, involves less labor, and maintains the finish for a longer time with no need to repaint.
Vinyl siding is suitable for any climate. It can withstand heat, cold, moisture and even hurricane force winds. Extreme temperatures, however, may sometimes cause a distortion of the siding, so if you live in a climate with intense heat, you should consider protecting the siding with screens or bushes in areas that have the sun continuously beating down on them.
Vinyl siding is usually fire resistant, but is still combustible and can melt when exposed to extreme temperatures. Appliances that give off a great degree of heat, such as barbeque grills, should be kept at a distance from vinyl siding, just as they should be kept away from other combustible surfaces.
Vinyl siding never needs to be repainted (unless you choose to get primed siding and paint it yourself). The siding should just periodically be washed. A pressure washer can be used to clean vinyl siding but it is important to make sure that the pressure is not too high or it can damage the dirt resistant finish on the siding, which would result in the need for you to clean your vinyl more often. It is best to hire a professional to powerwash vinyl siding to ensure that the correct amount of pressure is used. If a piece of vinyl siding needs to be replaced, it is fairly easy to do so. You may want to consider ordering a few extra pieces when you install your siding to keep on hand if needed in the future, or you can otherwise contact the manufacturer to get replacement panels if needed.
It is important to make sure you use a competent and licensed professional when installing vinyl siding on your home. You can receive a free estimate through our website from a reliable and licensed professional. We make sure the businesses within our network are licensed and insured, but it is important for you as a homeowner to ask questions and
investigate any professional you are considering. You can ask for referrals or to speak to previous customers, or may even be able to take a look at other jobs they have completed. You can also ask other questions, such as how long they've been in business, what type of warranty they offer, etc. to get a better feeling for their level of experience and service levels.
Vinyl siding can be a very versatile, durable and beautiful choice for the exterior of your home. It can also be a reasonably priced option that provides a great deal of choice when it comes to style and color.