Vinyl siding has been around since the 1950s, when it appeared as a more affordable alternative to aluminum siding. Today, it is far and away the most frequently used type of siding in the United States.
As a provider of vinyl siding in North Carolina, we frequently receive questions about vinyl siding, its benefits and what to expect when purchasing it. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions we receive.
Q: How is vinyl siding constructed?
Vinyl siding features two layers: a top layer called the capstock, and a bottom layer known as the substrate. These layers are primarily made out of a polyvinyl chloride and resin. The top layer also uses titanium dioxide to offer its color and to protect against ultraviolet light damage, while the second layer also features limestone to cut down on costs and make the manufacturing process easier.
Q: How durable is it?
Vinyl siding is designed to last for quite a long time. You’ll typically find that warranties for vinyl siding last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, depending on the thickness of the material. There are some manufacturers that even offer lifetime warranties that can be transferred from owner to owner. The siding is designed to withstand exposure to the elements over the course of its life, as well as heat and cold. It can withstand winds of up to 110 miles per hour, so even in areas with tornadoes and hurricanes it can be a reliable option.
Q: How much can I expect it to cost?
Perhaps the biggest benefit associated with vinyl siding is that it’s the most affordable siding material you’ll find on the market. Even beyond just the cost of the vinyl material itself, it is able to benefit from a low total installation cost, more so than other materials, because it is installed faster and doesn’t need to be painted, which significantly cuts down on labor. The return on investment is excellent, largely due to these factors. In fact, the average homeowner who installs new vinyl siding will recoup nearly 80 percent of their investment on the installation, which increases the value of the home.
Q: What sort of maintenance do I need to perform on the siding?
Another big benefit of vinyl siding is that there’s really not much in the way of maintenance required for the homeowner once it’s installed. It never needs to be painted, and if it gets damaged, you can replace it pretty easily without having to completely reside the structure. You can wash the siding once a year to keep it looking fresh, but other than that, just be on the lookout for damage and replace pieces of siding as necessary.
These are just a few of the most common questions we receive about vinyl siding in North Carolina. If you have any further questions about the material, the installation process or the other services we provide, we encourage you to get in touch with the team at Carolina Improvements today.
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