Vinyl Siding Information
Vinyl siding made its appearance in 1973. The manufacturers of vinyl siding did not choose to limit color choices. As Northern Virginia public tastes have changed, the older, more varied colors became less popular and manufacturers went with the choices dictated by their customers. Color choice is therefore driven by market demand. Panel design has also changed since the 70's. In the beginning, vinyl siding came in only two configurations: 8 inch; and double 4" both are eight-inch panels. As competition developed, more styles came on the market. German and Dutch laps, Jamestown bead, triple four (a 12" panel), double five cedar shake and fish scale replicas expanded a home owner options in exterior decoration.
The bad news is that vinyl siding cannot be painted so the color can never be changed. Vinyl, unlike aluminum, returns to its original configuration despite being hit with projectiles or car doors. Vinyl is pure color all the way which hides scratches and abrasions. Vinyl is impervious to acid rain and other airborne pollutants. It is as maintenance free as any product ever developed. Homes that were built 20 years ago still look as good as the day the vinyl siding was installed. Warrantees on vinyl siding against defects in workmanship and materials have gone from 40 years to Lifetime, with many manufacturers offering warrantees that are transferable to subsequent owners. Vinyl siding is subject to fading under certain circumstances but this pales in comparison to the fade rate of paint on aluminum siding while eliminating the calcification process that occurs with Aluminum siding. Manufacturers guarantee their products to weather normally. This means that the product will fade no more than 3% from its original hue, and that all of the siding will do this simultaneously. In cases where some panels weather abnormally; meaning defects develop on single surfaces, manufacturers will replace the panels at no charge materials only, labor costs by the customer.
Informed customers should request that all unused panels from an open box be left on site. This gives the homeowner the ability to match damaged or distorted panels and guard against a discontinued color in future years. Vinyl plasticizes at about 450 deg. Panels will distort when homeowners put BBQ grills too near the siding. Even when 3' feet away, lifting the top on a grill towards vinyl siding can cause big problems. Vinyl has the added advantage over metals in that single panels can be easily replaced in the middle of a wall. To do this with metal products means carefully stripping panels from the top down until the course of damaged panels is reached. An inexpensive zip-lock tool is all that is needed to remove and replace vinyl panels. These are available at most siding distributors.
Phoenix Home Services, Inc. installs many name brands of vinyl siding such as: Mastic, CertainTeed and Alside. Mastic siding is one of our favorite and most commonly installed products here at Phoenix Home Services, Inc. It comes in hundreds of combinations of styles and colors so that each individual homeowner can get top of the line product in the exact style and color that they are looking for. Some of the most popular lines of Mastic siding are: Liberty Elite, Quest, T-lok Barkwood, Carvedwood.44, Board+Batten Designer and Silhouette Classic. All of these lines are premium to super premium grade siding (.044-.048) which is a factor of the thickness and durability of the siding. Most of the panels have multiple style options and across the multiple product lines Phoenix can help you to choose which style is best. Styles include: Double 4", Double5", Double 4" Dutchlap, Double5" Dutchlap, Straight 8", Charleston bead, cedar shake, Triple 3" and many other styles. Mastic has a great product warranty and is all in all one of the best brands for replacement vinyl siding today.
CertainTeed siding including Cedar Boards Shake and shingle insulated vinyl siding comes in 6" double clapboard, double 4", 4 1/2" double Dutch lap and vinyl 12" board and batten siding panels. CertainTeed siding also comes in their Northwood's siding line single 10" random hand split shakes, and Northwood's single 7" straight 7" rough split vinyl. CertainTeed also makes a wide range of horizontal vinyl siding products such as Wolverine, Restoration smooth, Monogram 4", Carolina beaded, and CertainTeed Wolverine American Legend vinyl siding. Finally, CertainTeed makes some nice vertical siding panels such as beaded triple, Ironmax, Universal triple 4' vinyl products. We have experience installing every type of siding they offer and get the job done professionally and efficiently making your exterior home improvement project a breeze and not a burden.
Alside vinyl siding is another popular choice for vinyl siding manufactured for Northern Virginia Homes. Some of Alsides' best selling siding panels include Charter Oak insulated siding, Prodigy insulated vinyl siding, Williamsport Colonial beaded vinyl siding, Odyssey vinyl siding, and Alside Cypress Creek sold in 5' Dutch lap, 4", or 5" clapboard styles. Crane vinyl siding comes in Crane Board, American Dream Edge vinyl siding, and Oracle Architectural that is made with a low gloss finish and a nice milled cedar grain finish.
Phoenix Home Services installs hundreds of project over the course of any given year and is always eager to help with design and product ideas. Replacing you existing siding with something new can be a big decision for homeowner's as there are costs involved with any project of this nature. The peace of mind to know that you're not only going to get a great product but also have a stellar crew install the project is astounding. From Vinyl, James Hardie Board, Crane Board, and Stone or Brick Veneering/accents; Phoenix Stands above the competition and always delivers a top notch project that friends, family, neighbors and most importantly you will love for years to come. Please continue to take a look through our Home Exteriors section and across our website to see some of the other great services Phoenix Offers.