Five Things to Consider About Vinyl Siding

1. It's Only A Cover Up

Since vinyl siding is often installed over your old problematic existing siding your current problems may continue to get worse. Additionally, since vinyl is not tightly nailed to the home, it invites insects and moisture to build behind panels, potentially penetrating the structure of the home.

2. It's Flammable

Vinyl siding may melt or burn if heat from a barbeque grill or a fire is nearby. Additionally, numerous counties/districts across the country are going to great lengths to educate homeowners about the inherent flammability of vinyl siding.

3. It Fades

They told you that vinyl siding was "Life-Time", think again. Over time all colors are going to fade from the sun. So with vinyl what are my options:

  • Install a replacement piece, good luck finding a matching color.
  • Reside with vinyl again.
  • You can attempt to paint it but because it was designed to expand and contract with climate changes, painted vinyl panels tend to crack and peel over time.
4. The Warranty

What does "Life-Time" really mean? Be sure to closely review the warranty’s fine print to see what is truly covered and for how long. Review closely a vinyl manufacturer’s definition of "Normal Weathering." In addition most of those warranties have confusing pro-ratings that almost always favor the manufacturer.

5. You Can't Fake Quality

Although vinyl siding attempts to imitate the look of wood siding, aesthetically it falls short. Many would argue that its overlapping seams and faux wood grain are very unnatural, leaving the home lacking curb appeal.

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