3 Things You Don't Know About Vinyl Siding

Many people know the basic facts about vinyl siding. For example, most people know that vinyl siding is considered to be "maintenance-free." In other words, you never have to paint it or power-wash it. Many people know that most vinyl siding offers a lifetime warranty, including color fade guarantees and hail damage coverage. But you likely don't know some other interesting facts about vinyl siding. Below are a few.

Dutchlap (beveled) Siding
Clapboard (straight) Siding
1. It's more than just straight lines. Most people are familiar with the "standard" vinyl siding profiles. They are called clapboard (straight) and dutchlap (beveled). But vinyl siding has come a long way over the years. Vinyl is designed to look like wood. And it is now offered in all types of profiles that mimic several wood options. you can get beaded siding as well as many versions of a "shake" siding, including a perfect shake profile and fish scale. These options allow you to truly set your house apart or accent a gable feature to give your exterior that "pop" that really makes it stand out.

Beaded Siding
Vinyl versions of cedar siding (shake and fish scale) can be costly- about 3-4 times as much as standard siding. But, it may be worth it for a small section of your home. The beaded profile is only slightly more expensive than the clapboard and dutchlap profiles.

Shake Siding (center), Dutchlap (right)
The reason why most people may not know about these other profiles is because they simply are not used as much as the others. When new homes are built, a priority is put on cost by most builders. Most new home buyers do not want to pay the premium that would come with these more expensive vinyl siding profiles. However, these higher-end profiles are becoming more and more popular as more consumers are becoming aware of them.

Fish Scale Siding
These profiles also are being put to use on certain homes in order to protect the historical look and value while lowering the future costs that comes with maintaining actual wooden siding. So, if you are in the market for new siding, make sure you are aware of all your options. Some people may think that they don't want new vinyl siding simply because they think that there are only a few profiles to choose from. But this is absolutely not the case. In fact, if it is "different" that you are going for, vinyl siding has it for you. But you will have to pay extra for it.

2. Colors abound. When vinyl siding was first developed, only a few colors were available. These colors were mainly in the light brown family or were pastels. The pastel colors, when viewed today, certainly would not be considered timeless. When people think about vinyl siding, they may first think of these outdated colors like baby blue and sea green. Now, if you want one of these colors, you can still find them. But, if you were looking for something more modern or a deeper, richer tone, vinyl siding has you covered.

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Most vinyl siding manufacturers now offer a wide array of darker colors, including dark blues, browns, greens and greys. Several other shades of the basic colors are offered as well. Most siding makers have at least 10-12 colors within the white-brown scale alone.

And it gets better. Until recently, the darker colors were only available in the thicker grades of siding. So, not only did you have to pay a little extra for the darker color, but you had to pay substantially more for the extra thickness, whether you wanted this level of thickness or not.  But, now, many siding manufacturers offer several darker colors within their thinner siding brands. These brands are still considered premium, they simply are not quite as thick. So, you are no longer forced to pay for thickness just to get a dark color.

3. It's loose, but that's a good thing. Not every one knows this, but vinyl siding is not supposed to be installed tightly to the wall structure. In fact, the siding is supposed to be installed so that it can move as much as 1/4 of an inch (or slightly more) in either direction. This allows for your home's natural expansion and contraction, without causing the siding to bend or buckle under this pressure. Of course, the siding must be nailed tightly enough to not blow away or fall off, but just loose enough to function properly.Vinyl siding comes with a "nailing hem." These are pre-manufactured holes where the nails are installed. The nails must be centered within these holes to allow for the movement described above.

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