Vinyl Siding Questions & Answers
General Siding Question and Answers
- How does vinyl siding compare with other siding materials?
When compared to brick, wood, stone, and stucco, vinyl siding is the number one choice of exterior cladding in the United States. Vinyl siding has the lowest total installation cost and fewer long-term maintenance needs than any other exterior cladding. Moreover, premium vinyl siding provides the rich beauty of costly wood siding in a wide variety of low-gloss colors and industry-leading warranty protection.
- What exterior design options do I have with vinyl siding?
You can create multiple options for your home’s exterior with vinyl siding. We offer a wide array of subtle and deep wood grain textured profiles that include horizontal and vertical panels, shakes, scallops and shingles, traditional clapboard, dutch lap, wide and narrow panel exposures, and beaded designs. You also have a number of options to combine different shapes, colors, and styles to personalize your home’s exterior.
- Can I purchase trim and accessories from D&R?
Yes. Creating a finishing touch that sets your home apart is easy with D&R’s accessories. These trim products give you an exceptional way to add special elegance around windows and doors, corners, and on other focus areas. Alside even offers beautiful shutters, specialty vents, mounting blocks, and unique accent siding products to enrich your project. When D&R siding and trim products are combined with D&R windows and patio doors, your home will evolve into a stunning masterpiece unlike any other.
- I am planning on upgrading my brick and partially wood siding home. Can I incorporate vinyl siding?
Yes. Vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be elegantly mixed with just about any exterior building material. If you have special installation concerns, talk to us and let us help! We have more than likely handled a similar project in the past, and we will be happy to assist you.
- Is vinyl siding durable?
Absolutely! The correct technical name for the material used in vinyl siding is polyvinyl chloride. It’s a durable, proven material that has earned a solid reputation for its beauty and permanence. It’s used in not only exterior home construction, but also in automotive applications, medical devices, appliances, and floor coverings. Vinyl siding is an ideal exterior material because it doesn’t rot, crack, dent, or warp. Plus, it will never peel or blister. And because the color goes completely through the siding, it never has to be scraped, sanded, or painted.
- What is insulated siding?
Insulated siding is vinyl siding with rigid foam insulation that is laminated or permanently attached to the panel. In energy codes and efficiency program, insulated siding is recognized as a form of “continuous insulation,” or insulation installed on the exterior of the building that helps reduce energy loss through framing or other building materials.
- What is R-value?
A product’s “R-value” is a measure of the thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation’s effectiveness. For insulated siding, ASTM C1363 Standard Test Method for the Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies by Means of a Hot Box Apparatus is the standard that is used for determining the R-value of insulated siding.
- What is the best way to guarantee my vinyl siding will perform as promised?
The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) has established the VSI Product Certification Program to guarantee performance. Our vinyl siding products are certified within this VSI program, with features with independent, third-party verification that our products meet or exceed in the testing requirements specified in the industry standard for quality (ASTM D3679, with ASTMD7793 compliance for Insulated Siding). In addition, vinyl siding products also hold an additional certification status specifically for color performance by meeting the ASTM D6864 or D7251 standards for color retention. With this, you can be assured the vinyl siding you select will resist major color changes in a variety of climates.
- If painting isn’t required, how do I maintain my vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding and soffit should be washed periodically by hosing with a garden hose and clear water, particularly in those areas not exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning, such as where high soil collection conditions occur, use a soft-bristled, long-handled washing brush, but DO NOT rub vigorously. This may create glossy areas over the vinyl siding finish. For hard-to-remove dirt, such as soot and grime found in industrial areas, wipe the siding down with a solution that is recommended by the manufacturer. If you wash the entire house, start at the bottom and work your way up to the top, this will result in less streaking. It is important that immediately following all washing operations, the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water from a garden hose.
Yes. Vinyl siding offers exceptional rain-screening performance that decreases the build-up of water that can penetrate the underlying water-resistant barrier. This distinct benefit has been recognized by the International Residential Code and International Building Code, giving vinyl siding a significant advantage over other exterior claddings that do not vent or drain the moisture.
- Does vinyl siding deliver any environmental benefits to help make a home green?
Throughout the processes of manufacturing, transportation, installation, service life, and waste management, vinyl siding scores well on all tough environmental measures. Vinyl siding has the potential to contribute to achieving more points than other exterior cladding in the leading green building certification programs including the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® for New Construction and LEED® Homes Rating Systems and the ANSI approved ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™.
- Will vinyl siding add value to my home?
Today’s vinyl siding adds value to homes and is the building material of choice for developers, contractors, and home owner associations. The value-added advantages of vinyl siding include its low total installed cost which is lower than all other exterior cladding because vinyl siding is installed quicker and doesn’t need painting.
- Can severe weather affect my siding?
With the ability to withstand high winds (certified up to 110 mph or higher) and a composition that resists heat, cold, and moisture, certified vinyl siding provides a highly durable and strong performance in even the most destructive storms.