Advantages of Vinyl Siding

There's a reason vinyl siding is so popular. Nothing else compares to the complete and long-lasting benefits of vinyl siding over wood, fiber cement, stucco, or even brick. Vinyl siding production uses less energy and emits less pollution than most other external cladding products.

A Truly Sustainable Choice

Modern homeowners want to know that their home exterior provides maximum safety while minimizing environmental effect. Vinyl siding outperforms other external cladding materials in terms of waste reduction and climate change impact. Vinyl siding is a beautiful, durable, and cheap option for homeowners.

Recycling

Recycling is the process of reusing discarded materials. The procedure reduces garbage disposal and potentially landfill accumulation and incineration, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Vinyl siding can be recycled. Vinyl (polypropylene and insulated vinyl siding) lends itself to recycling (also known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC.) It is a thermoplastic that can be ground up, remelted, and reformed even after its useful life. 99 percent of scrap can be recycled or utilized in other goods.

Less Waste for a Lifetime

These items are low-maintenance and waste-free. On average, vinyl siding uses half the water and energy that fiber cement siding does. Certified Vinyl Siding Installers (VSI) are also taught to reduce waste.

More Design Options

Only vinyl and polymeric siding offer such a wide range of siding profiles, forms, textures, and colors.

Engineered for Life

Vinyl siding today protects for a lifetime without painting, swelling, cracking, warping, or insect damage.

Performance to the Core

Unlike wood or fiber cement siding, vinyl siding is impervious to water, so you never need to paint or caulk it. Because fiber cement siding has a porous core, moisture can get in through gaps or cracks in the paint or primer. Vinyl siding does not retain water and lets a home's walls breathe and dry.

Third-Party Certified

Only vinyl, insulated vinyl, and polypropylene siding have third-party product certification from an established quality control agency like the VSI.

Cost-Effective

Vinyl siding is the most affordable exterior cladding material, offering homeowners with immediate curb appeal and value. Vinyl is self-priming. It is easy to maintain. Simply wash with a garden hose and light soap.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Insulated siding is now recognized as home insulation in numerous energy efficiency programs, including the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes checklist.

Environmentally Friendly All Around

Because vinyl siding doesn't require painting, staining, or caulking, it doesn't pollute the environment. It's green and recyclable. In addition, the industry's first environmental product declarations comprehensively document its “green” properties (EPDs).

Carefree Color

Painted wood and fiber cement hues require maintenance. Vinyl siding colors won't chip or peel like paint and come in over 400 approved hues for fade resistance.

Fast Installation

Vinyl siding installation takes half the time of conventional cladding choices. As a result, high-quality installation is possible without pricey and hard-to-find trade professionals.


What kind of vinyl siding should I use?

Vinyl siding comes in many shapes, colors, and textures. In addition to the VSI Product Certification Program, a third-party inspection process helps assure the quality of vinyl siding. The VSI Program logo on vinyl siding signifies product has been independently confirmed to meet or exceed industry standards for quality. Click here to access our searchable database of certified products. To learn more about vinyl siding, contact a manufacturer or visit this website.


Vinyl Siding Cleaning And Maintenance Tips

Minimal maintenance saves time and money. Fewer materials required means less upkeep. Character and Charm Without the Hassle Minimal upkeep saves time and money. Vinyl siding requires less maintenance because it requires less materials.

How do I wash vinyl siding?

Wipe vinyl siding with a soft cloth or brush. To keep textured surfaces stain-free, use only a soft bristle brush. Start at the bottom of the home and work your way up, rinsing well before it dries. If your house has brick front, cover it to prevent runoff.

Can I Use A Power Washer?

Yes, but read the washer's directions thoroughly first. When cleaning, keep the power washer straight at eye level to keep the water on the siding. Aiming the power washer upward may cause water behind the siding. Also, follow the siding manufacturer's advice. Yes, but be sure to read the washer's directions. In order to effectively clean the siding, hold the power washer straight at eye level. Aiming the power washer upward can damage the siding. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

How do I remove mold and mildew?

Small spots of can be cleaned with Fantastik® or Windex®. For larger sections, a solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%) works. You can also try the following solution: 1/3 cup (2 2/3 ounces) powdered laundry detergent (e.g., Tide®, Fab®, or equivalent), 2/3 cup (5 1/3 ounces) powdered household cleaner (e.g., Spic & Span®, Soilax®, or equivalent), 1 quart (32 fluid ounces) liquid laundry bleach, and 1 gallon (128 fluid ounces) of water.

How do I remove mulch residue?

The specks could represent artillery spore residue. If so, we don't know of any cleaner that will remove it. Artillery spores arise from a fungus found in shredded wood mulch or other organic debris. All that's needed is a new siding, then a new layer of bark mulch on top. What Types of cleaners should I avoid? Do not use liquid grease remover, nail polish remover and furniture polishes containing organic solvents. They can damage the siding surface.

How can I protect vinyl siding from discoloration?

Cover vinyl siding when working with stains, sealants, or wet concrete. Some pesticides and herbicides may discolor vinyl siding. If in doubt, check the label or contact the pesticide manufacturer.

How does heat affect vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is biological and can melt when exposed to high heat. Vinyl is flammable, but only when exposed to flames from an existing fire. For all siding types, keep heat sources like barbeque grills and ignitable objects like dry leaves, mulch, and rubbish away from the structure.

How does heat from reflected light affect vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is biological and can melt when exposed to extreme heat. Combustible vinyl will not ignite unless exposed to a fire. For all siding types, keep heat sources like barbeque grills and ignitable materials like dry leaves, mulch, and trash away from the structure at all times. Vinyl siding is constructed of organic elements that can melt when heated. Vinyl is flammable, but only when exposed to flames from an existing fire. For all siding types, keep heat sources such as barbecue grills and ignitable objects such as dry leaves, mulch, and trash away from the structure.

Can I paint vinyl siding?

Before painting vinyl siding, check with the manufacturer. Paint voids several manufacturer's warranties.

Find VSI Certified Siding Products

The VSI Product Certification Program is an independent, third-party certification program with an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification body in place. Before painting vinyl siding, consult the manufacturer. Paint voids several manufacturer warranties. Certified vinyl siding is evaluated to ensure it complies with the ASTM D3679 product standard for:

  • Weatherability, wind load, and impact resistance
  • Expansion and shrinkage
  • Surface distortion
  • Length, width, and thickness
  • Rate of burn
  • Lead

Certified insulated vinyl siding is evaluated to ensure it complies with the ASTM D7793 product standard for:

  • Weatherability, wind load, and impact resistance
  • Expansion and shrinkage
  • Thermal distortion
  • Length, width, and thickness
  • Rate of burn
  • Lead
  • Surface flame spread
  • Compatibility of adhesives
  • Thermal insulation value

Certified polypropylene siding is evaluated to ensure it complies with the ASTM D7254 product standard for:

  • Weatherability, wind load, and impact resistance
  • Surface flame spread
  • Color
  • Film adhesion

Certified products are authorized to utilize the Program’s certification mark. The mark represents that a manufacturer is producing a product that is a faithful representation of the tested and certified product in design, construction and fabrication.

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