Vinyl siding has become very popular in all parts of the country. Mark Feirer explores the many what’s and how to’s surrounding this product in an article for thisoldhouse.com:
“There are few subjects in the whole arena of residential construction products that draw battle lines as sharply as vinyl siding.
Proponents harp on the fact that it never needs painting, while its detractors insist that houses should never be covered with anything but real wood.
As a building material, vinyl siding is relatively new — it was introduced in the late 1950s as a substitute for aluminum siding. But its reputation was tarnished in the early days when it cracked, faded, buckled, and sagged.
Ongoing changes in the product’s chemistry and installation techniques have improved its performance and furthered its acceptance by builders and homeowners.”
On the upside, vinyl siding costs much less than its wood or metal counterparts; it is also easier to install and to maintain. Additionally, as Feirer points out, the technology behind vinyl siding has grown tremendously in the past several years, resulting in products that are highly durable and with finishes that belie their plastic composition.
The many choices for vinyl siding come in varying thicknesses and chemical compositions, which factor greatly into the quality of each type. Some of the best-quality vinyl siding comes from reputable manufacturers like Alside and CertainTeed, whose products can be expected to have long warranties and be durable enough to withstand extreme weather elements. A reputable Ocean County, NJ siding contractor like All County Exteriors would more often than not recommend high-quality vinyl siding to their customers.
Like other materials, proper installation is key to ensuring the durability of vinyl siding. Feirer states that vinyl tends to expand or contract with the weather, a property that has to be factored in during the installation by paying close attention to how tightly it is fastened to the wall, the clearance at the ends of the panels. and the overlaps needed between panels. As such, it is advisable to look for a contractor with proven installation expertise and experience when it comes to vinyl siding in Ocean County, NJ.
(Article excerpt and image from For the Love of Vinyl Siding, This Old House)