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When was the last time you took a good hard look at your home’s exterior? Is the paint peeling and wood starting to rot? Undoubtedly, if you notice it, you know your neighbors will too. If you don’t want to spend the rest of your summer painting your home, perhaps it’s time for vinyl siding. With a rich palette of hues, you can find vinyl siding colors in just about every shade imaginable. Long-lasting with superior protection, you’ll never have to worry about scraping and painting again.
But vinyl adds much more than just beauty to your home. It also increases the value of your home. And it provides superior protection against the elements. Your choice of exterior cladding stands as your first defense against harsh weather. Vinyl products protect your home against the rain, wind, snow, and other severe elements. Plus, it lasts about 60 years with very little maintenance. Shouldn’t you consider vinyl to protect your home?
What’s So Great About Vinyl Siding?
Builders and homeowners seem to agree that vinyl siding offers the best protection for your home’s exterior. That’s why for the past several years, they have made vinyl one of their top choices. Affordable, durable, long-lasting, and virtually maintenance-free, it’s easy to see why.
Engineered to deliver maximum protection for your home, vinyl siding can withstand the effects of heat, cold, and moisture. It can’t absorb water and therefore vinyl is immune to water damage. But it’s also flame-resistant and constructed to withstand winds up to 110 mph.
Moreover, today’s siding has protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Even dark colors can remain vibrant for many years. Our limited lifetime transferable warranty with ColorHold® protection means you never have to worry about your beautiful, vivid color fading.
Plus, vinyl products are virtually maintenance-free. Wood, fiber cement, and stucco siding require periodic scraping, sanding, painting and caulking. Even brick siding may need mortar replacement. Vinyl only requires cleaning with mild soap and your garden hose once a year. Install matching trim and you relieve yourself of the burden of ever painting any part of your exterior again.
Additionally, vinyl siding is the most cost-effective choice when compared to all other exterior protection choices. And it requires roughly half the installation time of other siding options. Durable, long-lasting, and virtually maintenance-free. It’s hard to beat all the benefits of vinyl siding.
What About Energy Efficiency?
Unfortunately, no siding taken by itself is particularly energy-efficient. Heat loss occurs by way of conduction through a home’s wall studs. However, by adding a layer of insulation underneath vinyl siding, you can increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Builders construct homes using wall studs, usually about 25% of an entire wall. While studs are crucial in framing a home, they are a major contributor to energy loss. In a process known as thermal bridging, you can be losing a large portion of your home’s heat.
According to the law of thermodynamics, heat flows to a lower temperature. Conduction or movement of heat occurs when two objects are in contact with one another. Wall studs are in contact with both your interior and exterior walls.
So, heat travels from the inside of your home through the wall studs to the outside. Heat will continue to travel until there is no temperature difference, a state known as thermal equilibrium. In winter months, this means heat will continually leak out through your wall studs.
Some objects are better conductors of heat than others. And while most people consider wood as a poor conductor, it conducts heat much better than air. Scientists measure heat conductive properties with a coefficient rating. The higher the number, the better the material is at conducting heat. Wood has a coefficient of .03 but air has a coefficient of .006. Thus, insulation, which is primarily air, is a poor conductor of heat.
Accordingly, when you place a continuous layer of insulation underneath your siding, you stop heat loss. This is why the U.S. Department of Energy recommends adding insulated wall sheathing beneath the new siding. Less heat loss means lower energy bills and cost savings. You can stop thermal bridging by installing insulated siding.
But Is Vinyl Environmentally-Friendly?
Since vinyl is a type of plastic, many people assume it isn’t eco-friendly. But that simply isn’t true. Throughout its lifetime, vinyl has 79% less impact on global warming than fiber cement cladding. And vinyl has 85% less influence on the environment than brick. Additionally, manufacturing vinyl requires less raw material, water, and energy use than any other exterior covering. Furthermore, vinyl products have a lower impact on ozone depletion, smog, and global warming than most other siding products.
Vinyl is a thermoplastic. Thermoplastics are chemical compounds that manufacturers engineer for recyclability. This means it can be re-melted and formed into a variety of new products. Manufacturers can return 99% of trimmings, shavings, and rejected vinyl back to the manufacturing process.
Remember that we mentioned the maintenance-free aspect of vinyl siding? Many paints, wood stains, and caulks contain harmful chemical compounds. Each time you paint your exterior protective material, you release damaging chemicals into the air. Furthermore, these products will continue to release harmful vapors for several days after the application. Thus, other types of cladding have long-term environmental impact.
Additionally, vinyl products are lightweight and travel with greater fuel efficiency. They’re easy to install and produce less waste material compared to other types of exterior protection. And it’s the most durable type of siding available so you’ll be replacing it less often.
Its Beauty Is Timeless
Vinyl siding offers versatility to achieve any design, with a virtually unlimited selection of siding profiles, textures, and colors. No matter what the architectural style of your home, you can find a vinyl product that will enhance it. With flair and creativity, you can beautify a Victorian, Georgian, ranch, colonial, or any other style. By changing the color or profile, the same house can look very different.
Among manufacturers, you can choose from about different 400 certified colors. Certified colors are those that an independent agency has tested and they have met or exceeded color retention requirements. Whether you prefer a classic neutral or a bold, trendy color, you’ll find a vinyl product to beautify your home.
Plus, vinyl products are available in many different styles and textures. Manufactured to resemble real wood, you can find any type of vinyl siding to mimic the real thing. Clapboard, Board and Batten, laps, and shakes are just some of the profiles available.
Add a touch of elegance with exterior trim around your windows, doors. Without trim, your home’s exterior would be an uninterrupted surface with no visual interest. Trim accents architectural features and various lines and shapes of your home. And when you choose vinyl trim, your exterior is virtually maintenance-free. Best of all, just about every type of trim or accessory is available in vinyl.
Which Color Should I Choose?
Your home’s siding is the largest part of your exterior. Picking an eye-catching color scheme can boost your home’s curb appeal tremendously. Choosing a light or dark shade for your siding color, or a completely different color choice can make your home look entirely different. And while architectural style can give some hints, your personal taste and inspiration can also shine through.
Ideally, your color scheme should include 2 or 3 colors. More than that is too much color while only using one color results in a boring monochromatic look. The trim color is also important. You can use a contrasting color on your trim, so that the color combination draws attention to architectural details. Or try a lighter or darker shade of the same hue on accents. Using different textures also adds visual interest while providing contrast.
Additionally, when deciding on siding colors, consider your roof color. While many roofs are a neutral black or gray, others may be red, green, or blue. Your roofing should give you a nice contrast to your siding without clashing.
Although the current trend is toward bolder colors, keep in mind the size of your home and its surroundings. A darker color will make your home seem smaller while a lighter shade will make your home appear larger. Moreover, while you want your home to be unique, you also want it to blend seamlessly with the neighborhood.
Correct Installation Is Critical
Now that you’re sold on all the benefits of vinyl, it’s time to talk about installation. A quality vinyl product is only as good as its installation. Accordingly, finding an experienced, qualified contractor is imperative.
Although vinyl is relatively easy to install, contractors must make allowances for its ability to react to temperature changes. In the heat, vinyl will expand; and in the cold, it will contract. Thus, contractors must install vinyl panels to allow for movement. One of the primary reasons why vinyl siding starts to buckle is from too tight installation. On the other hand, installing panels too loosely will cause rattling in the wind.
Additionally, contractors must install vinyl panels on a flat, even surface. Vinyl siding is very flexible and requires a sturdy, level backing. If you’re installing vinyl over wood that’s beveled or lap siding, you will need to even out the surface.
Ideally, your contractor should use stainless steel or some other corrosion-resistant nails. Over time, other fasteners could rust, therefore staining your siding. However, fasteners need to be strong to withstand the wind. Otherwise, your siding could lift off when the wind blows.
Countless Vinyl Siding Colors Are Just One Benefit
Beautiful and versatile, vinyl can add value and charm to any home. But the incredible selection of vinyl siding colors is just one of many reasons to choose this type of coverage for your home. Durability, strength, cost-effectiveness, and beauty are the reasons why homeowners choose vinyl products. However, a quality siding product, as we discussed, requires quality installation. Choosing an experienced contractor, like Xterior LLC, is critical.
There are many reasons for hiring Xterior LLC as your siding contractor. First, we give you a workmanship guarantee as well as material and labor warranties. A workmanship guarantee covers defects due to installation. While a labor warranty relates to the cost of labor to repair the defect. Plus, we’re fully-insured to protect you and your home during and after the installation. Additionally, we use only quality siding products from ABC Supply Co. Inc., America’s largest wholesale distributor of home improvement products. Additionally, it is always better to deal with local contractors when undertaking a home improvement project. A national firm that hires day laborers to handle an installation and have no ties to your area will not be around if they leave problems behind. A local business wants you to recommend them to your friends and family. We focus on customer service and ensure that every project is completed to your satisfaction.
Plus, we offer financing options with payments you can afford. And right now, we’re offering 0% interest rate for 72 months for a limited time. Moreover, we give discounts for military, seniors, teachers, and first responders. If you’ve been considering installing vinyl siding, now’s the time to do it.
In addition, we also install roofs, and decks as well as offering window and gutter replacement. For over 45 years, we’ve been improving homes across North Carolina. We’re a family-owned business that’s BBB-accredited. Give us a call at 336-329-3667 for your free no-obligation estimate.