Depending on the size of your home, getting replacement vinyl siding can be a sizable investment. While it invariably pays for itself in increased home value and a dramatic improvement in curb appeal, when you’re shopping for new siding, it’s always important to carefully consider your options.
Here’s what to look for in replacement vinyl siding:
How thick the siding is directly impacts how resistant it will be to damage (whether it’s from the elements or man-made disasters). Whatever siding you choose should be at least .040 inches thick (with somewhere in the range of .042 to .046 inches thick being ideal). The industry standard for minimum thickness is .035 inches, so, if you’re considering siding that thin, remember that that is as thin as it gets, so it probably won’t last nearly as long as thicker siding will.
Siding manufacturers use different materials depending on what “grade” of the siding they’re making. For instance, high-quality siding typically contains titanium dioxide because it protects the vinyl from UV/sun-induced fading. Titanium dioxide in siding also helps siding retain its original color (which, since the entire panel contains the color, cannot flake off).
If you’re hoping to make your home more energy efficient by having your siding replaced, you will want to make sure that you choose a type of siding that has insulation behind it. Siding that includes insulation has foam insulation packed behind the boards, improve energy efficiency, impact resistance, and noise insulation.
A Good Warranty
Depending on the type of siding you get, your siding warranty could last 20 years, 30 years, 50 years or more. Some manufacturers even offer lifetime warranties that are transferrable to the next homeowner. Warranties can include labor, installation and work materials, so you’ll want to try and find a warranty that covers all three. And, any warranty that only offers a short period of protection or doesn’t include coverage for faulty installation should be reconsidered.
A Qualified Siding Contractor
The last thing you want to do is trust an amateur with protecting the entire exterior of your home. Before you choose price over quality, make sure that you find a siding contractor who can offer you both — the quality you deserve at a price that you can manage. Also, be sure that the siding company you work with uses a watertight housewrap to protect your home, has experience installing flashing, and uses expansion gaps. Professional siders use all of these to help protect your home from water and moisture damage.
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