Vinyl has been the most sought-after siding option for a long time. Newer alternatives are springing up, but this material remains popular in many parts of the country because of its strength and ease of maintenance. Unlike other siding products, vinyl ones appeal to all budgets.
Just like windows and entry doors, vinyl siding systems are not the same. Today, US Home Exteriors talks about five considerations you should not overlook when comparing products.
Vinyl is a tough kind of plastic, but its grade improves depending on the additives applied to it.
The simplest type is regrind, which refers to melted, repurposed plastic. When only reclaimed PVC is used, the vinyl siding becomes purer than the regrind kind. PVC is as unadulterated as vinyl can be. The addition of substances, like UV stabilizers and acrylics, enhance the basic qualities of PVC, resulting in higher-grade vinyl.
Thicker vinyl means better quality. Economy-grade panels have a thickness of 0.038 inches while premium-grade 0.048. The latter of these two sets of vinyl siding prevents sagging and resists impact better.
Like patio doors, siding panels are prone to discoloration because of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Since vinyl does not need repainting because its color permeates the material, choosing a colorfast (fade-resistant) product matters to ensure long-term beauty.
Vinyl panels emulate the look of traditional planks and shingles made of wood. To US Home Exteriors, those with the deepest lines deliver the most convincing wood-like appearance.
As with high-performance windows and patio doors, siding panels are part of a house’s complete thermal enclosure system. Vinyl is an excellent insulator in itself, but foam integration raises the product’s thermal resistance. Insulated vinyl siding may cost more initially, but it pays for itself with the energy it saves from the day of its installation.
Explore the best vinyl siding products on the market with US Home Exteriors. Call us at (919) 289-5772 or (336) 296-1040 to get a free estimate in Raleigh or Greensboro, NC.