Most vinyl siding manufactures can offer you any of the panels listed
to the right. All vinyl siding panels vary in length, width, and thickness, Length Sizes typically range from 12' to 25'.
(The longer the panel is the less seams you will have.) Width Sizes are typically
6" to 10" (width sizes are personal preference obviously the wider the panel the quicker the install) Thickness Ranges from .038 mil to .054 mil (the thicker the panel the stronger the panel is.)
General Vinyl Siding Information
Vinyl Siding is an excellence choice for siding based on its strength
and versatility for multiple climates and long-lasting quality.
Three Parts to Vinyl Siding
- Nail Hem: is at the top of the panel-where the slots are located.
- Face: The outward facing side the lap Style
- Butt lock: Is at the bottom and locks into the next panel when installed.
What Is Vinyl Siding Made Of ? Vinyl Siding
is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and has begun to be used in
construction more and more all the time. They can be fashioned to
resemble wood. The average width of Vinyl Siding ranges from 6
inches to 10 inches. However, other various lengths and widths are
available. Scratches are rarely visible, since the PVC that the
siding is composed of is solid all the way through. Vinyl Siding is
similar in many properties to aluminum, such as weight and density.
However unlike aluminum vinyl does not dent. And besides aesthetic
repair scratched vinyl siding does not rust and will not ruin the
integrity of your siding. Vinyl Siding can be installed in nearly
any climate installations in colder climates can be difficult.
Aluminum, Steel, and Wood Siding Can take a long time to re-install if damaged, which is untrue of Vinyl Siding.
Will It Burn ? Vinyl’s temperature at which it ignites is very high (736 F). It has half the burn time of cedar and burns one third as hard. If I fire occurs in a house with Vinyl Siding people can expect more time to get out.
Maintaining Vinyl Siding: Vinyl Siding is by far
the easiest exterior home covering to clean, repair and maintain in
general. You’ll want to occasionally wash mildew, mold, dirt and
dust from your vinyl, but other than that little care is necessary.
When you do clean your siding, clean it with a soft cloth or
toothbrush normal everyday soaps you might already have in your
kitchen are fine to use (Soft Scrub) works wonders
for cleaning vinyl siding. Remember that though as it is vinyl can melt. Keep grills, candles and other sources of heat far enough away from your home
Foam Backer Board: Most vinyl siding manufactures also make a foam backer board to help with insulating the exterior wall as well as providing extra support for the siding. There is a Contour
Fit That will match your vinyl siding contour - There is also Fan fold
insulation which is a 1/4' to 1/2"
thick flat foam backer applied to exterior wall before siding is installed.
House Wrap: Before installation of vinyl siding the exterior should be wrapped with a moisture barrier. This
moisture barrier prevents any moisture/condensation that forms behind the panel
from getting to the structural wood in your wall and causing rot or